The favorites to make the playoffs such as Green Bay (-600) and New England (-900), offer little to no value, unless you are brave enough to bet against those teams making the post season. The real value lies in wagering on a surprise team to make the playoffs.
Here are a few teams that could surprise this season and make the playoffs and deliver a nice profit at the same time.
Pete Carroll announced that Russell Wilson will start under center for this team. Wilson may be undersized, but he outperformed Matt Flynn in the preseason. With running back Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, Wilson should thrive in this offense.
The Seahawks just have to worry about taking down the 49ers if they want to take this division and that is worthy of a wager with a nice return.
The Carolina Panthers are getting some serious hype after the great rookie year that quarterback Cam newton had. Now many experts believe that the Panthers can win the Super Bowl, while others believe that the Panthers have no shot at making the playoffs. If you are in the camp that the Panthers will make the playoffs, the current odds are pretty sweet at 3-to-1.
The Tennessee Titans announced that they are starting Jake Locker and they would not start Locker if they did not have faith in his abilities. Chris Johnson is backed and ready to go and with Kenny Britt at wide receiver, the Titans offense may surprise a few people.
The Titans division is rather weak, giving this team plenty of value to make the playoffs.
Â New York Giants
The New York Giants are the defending champions, but they are not getting the respect of the odds makers. Granted it is difficult to repeat as champion and the Giants play in arguably the toughest division in football, but at this price it has some value to make a play on big blue to make the playoffs.
The Broncos made the biggest splash in the off-season when they brought Peyton manning to the Mile High City. Manning will immediately make the Broncos a Super Bowl contender, which is why it was surprising to see that the Broncos are at (+110) to make the playoffs.
Manning may have not played in a year due to injury, but he is still Peyton Manning and that makes this play a value bet in the NFL.