NFL Longshot Picks To Make The Playoffs

Posted by Joe Solari on July 26, 2016 in

We all know who the favorites are heading into the 2016 NFL season, but what about those teams that everyone is overlooking? There are sure to be a few surprises along the way, as there always are in this league, and there are some teams who might just find a way to slip into the playoffs and potentially make a run. Let’s take a look at some teams, and also their current Super Bowl 51 betting odds, who might just end up surprising a lot of folks.

Analyzing The NFL Longshot Picks To Make The Playoffs



Oakland Raiders (+3500)

The Oakland Raiders have been the laughing stock of the league for as long as anyone can remember, but last year they served notice that things might be about to change. In Derek Carr and Amari Copper, they have legitimate offensive weapons, while Khalil Mack looks like a beast on D. Mack registered 15 sacks last season, and a similar type of performance this year could vault this team to an AFC West division title, and a spot in the postseason. At the very least, they are a legitimate playoff threat.

Jacksonville Jaguars (+4000)

Everyone is looking at the Colts and the Texans being the two teams set to duel it out for supremacy in the AFC South, but the Jaguars may very well figure into that mix. Blake Bortles made some he strides at the QB position last season, and he has some legitimate offensive threats to throw to this coming season. The Jags made a bit of a splash in free agency, and now look like a balanced team on both sides of the ball. This is going to be a fun team to watch, and with a little luck, they might just sneak into the playoffs via the Wild Card.

New York Giants (+1800)

There are some questions about what this team is going to look like now that Tom Coughlin will no longer be patrolling the sidelines. They have enough skill players to be very dangerous, and they have the benefit of playing in an NFC east division that looks as though it’s going to be tight all season long. Can the Cowboys steer clear of injuries, and can Kirk Cousins pick up where he left off last year for the Redskins? If both of those teams have issues, there is nothing to stop the Giants from winning the division.


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6500)

Let’s make no bones about it, if the Bucs are to make the playoffs this year, it is most likely going to be via the Wild Card. The Panthers look like a mortal lock to win the NFC South, which means Tampa will need to do enough to finish second in the division in order to have a shot at postseason play. Whether they are able to do that is going to hinge on whether or not Jameis Winston experiences a sophomore slump. He looked very good in his rookie year, throwing for over 4,000 yards. He has some legitimate weapons to help him out, which could make this team a real dark horse.