2016 NFL Longshot Picks To Make The Playoffs
There’s no other way to say it Mybookie pro football betting buffs…with the start of the 2016 NFL regular season quickly approaching, this expert betting odds breakdown on my top handful of NFL longshots to make the playoffs this coming season could help you cash in big!
While some of these playoff hopeful will have a better shot than others, there’s no denying that in today’s often topsy-turvy NFL, almost anything is possible. Since haste makes waste, let’s get started!
In Depth Analysis On The 2016 NFL Longshot Picks To Make The Playoffs
Analysis: While Atlanta Falcons limped to an 8-8 SU mark after getting off to a perfect 5-0 start in Year One of the Dan Quinn era a year ago, the Falcons could very well surpass all expectations in 2016, although they certainly won’t beat out Carolina for the NFC South division title.
The Falcons have an experienced quarterback in Matt Ryan and arguably the best wide receiver in all of football in Julio Jones but ranked just 21st in scoring last season (21.1 ppg) while finishing a respectable 14th in points allowed (21.5 ppg) under the defensive-minded Quinn.
If the Falcons can improve their 18th-ranked rushing attack and improve their defense a bit in 2016, they could sneak into the playoffs as a wild card.
Analysis: The Ravens sunk to five wins in 2015 after winning 10 games in 2014, but that was due mostly to the fact that starting quarterback Joe Flacco missed the vast majority of the season with various ailments. Can a healthy Flacco lead the Ravens back to the postseason for the seventh time in the last nine seasons? I think it’s quite possible, even though Baltimore plays in a tough AFC North division that features likely playoff participants in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The Bills were on the cusp of reaching the playoffs last season but underachieved in a handful of winnable games. The Bills did find they have a really good quarterback in former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor but need a season of good health from running back LeSean McCoy if they really want to challenge for a postseason berth in 2016. With New England playing without starting quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games in 2016, one thing’s for sure…now is the time for the Bills to strike.
Analysis: I know the Lions struggled mightily during the first half of last season, but I love the way Detroit bounced back and fought for head coach Jim Caldwell’s job by going 6-2 over their last eight games and 3-0 over their final three games last season. Sure, the Lions reside in the same NFC North division as legitimate Super Bowl contenders in Green Bay and Minnesota, but Matthew Stafford and company look like they’re worth a bet at a value-packed +300.
New York Jets
Analysis: The Jets won a surprising 10 games in head coach Todd Bowles’ first season a year ago and could be poised to make the playoffs in 2016 after recently re-signing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The bad news is that the J-E-T-S have one of the league’s toughest schedules in 2016.
Analysis: The Raiders are a popular pick to reach the playoffs in 2016 and for good reason. Oakland has arguably the best young quarterback-wide receiver combination in the league in Derek Carr and Amari Cooper, one of the most versatile defensive players I all of football in linebacker Khalil Mack and an experienced head coach that is all business. Even at a modest +120, the Raiders are worth a wager to make the playoffs.
Analysis: I know the Eagles have a new head coach in Doug Pederson and a still-mediocre starting quarterback in Sam Bradford, but the fact of the matter is that, literally, any team in the NFC Least could bag the division crown in 2016.
Analysis: Despite winning a modest nine games last season, the Redskins managed to win the NFC East and they could do so again after adding gifted wide receiver Josh Doctson in the NFL Draft and elite cornerback Josh Norman in a stunning offseason signing.