DraftKings Sportsbook has gone ahead and released the odds for each team to earn a playoff berth at the end of the 2020 season. The most significant part of NFL free agency is wrapped up, and while there are still some big names left to sign, much of the NFL is focusing on the upcoming NFL Draft. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at each team’s odds to make the 2021 NFL playoffs — breaking it down by division. Today, we look at the AFC East.
New England Patriots: Yes (-200), No (+165)
Despite New England’s questionable quarterback situation, it has the best odds of any team in the AFC East to make the playoffs in 2020. It still has elite coaching and a top-notch defense anchored by the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots don’t need a spectacular signal caller to win games, but will Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer be enough? The potential of a rookie starting for New England makes its future seem murky for now.
Buffalo Bills: Yes (-177), No (+144)
The Bills were a pleasant surprise in 2019 and finished second in their division with a 10-6 record. They lost both their games to New England and could have come out on top in two one-score games. That’s why Buffalo has the second best chance to make the playoffs. Josh Allen is trending upward, and the team added Stefon Diggs to a receiving corps that already had John Brown and Cole Beasley. The Bills’ defense is also nothing to scoff at. They could very well make the playoffs for a second straight year in 2020.
New York Jets: Yes (+400), No (-560)
The Jets have the third best odds in the division to make the playoffs. They know who their franchise quarterback is and have a running back in Le’Veon Bell that they know can be one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the NFL. But New York’s offensive line and receiving group need work, as well as the defense. New York isn’t a complete train wreck, but it has a lot more to figure out than New England and Buffalo.
Miami Dolphins: Yes (+490), No (-715)
Miami is least likely to make the playoffs of this group, but it’s not as far behind New York. It began forming an impressive secondary by making Byron Jones the highest paid cornerback in the league, but it has holes in a lot of other areas. It’s expected to find its rookie quarterback of the future with its first pick, but also needs help on the offensive line, defensive line, in the backfield, and at safety. The Dolphins are still a ways away from being a year away.
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