NFL Odds: Updating Every Teams Playoff Odds Through Week 9

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Playoff Odds

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US PRESSWIRE

We have reached the halfway point of the 2012 NFL season and the playoff picture is starting to take shape.

At this point we can tell which teams are serious playoff contenders and which teams have already started looking forward to a fresh start in 2013. While no teams have been officially eliminated from playoff contention this year, there are several teams who have been erased from the discussion.

There have also been several surprise teams this season who find themselves in a position to make a run to the playoffs. Who would have thought coming into the season that the game in Week 9 with the biggest playoff implications would be the matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins?

Who thought at this point in the season the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints would all be fighting for their playoff lives? Who would have thought teams like the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers would find themselves in the race halfway through the season?

One of the teams that everybody thinks is out of the playoff race is going to make a miraculous run to the postseason. Some of the surprise teams are going to fade down the stretch as the pressure of meaningful games late in the season wears on their inexperienced rosters.

Fans want to know where their teams stand in terms of making it to the playoffs, so here is a look at the current odds I have on every team in the NFL making it to January.

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Kansas City Chiefs

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 1%

The Chiefs are not officially eliminated from playoff contention yet, but they look like a team ready to quit. At 1-7, there are major changes coming for this organization this offseason including a new quarterback and coach.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 1%

The Jaguars have been competitive away from home this season, but for some reason have been blown out in all of their home games. They have been bad on both sides of the ball all season and look poised for a top-5 draft pick in April.

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Cleveland Browns

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David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 1%

The Browns have played much better than their record would indicate this season and look to be a team on the rise. The new owner will likely bring in a new coach and general manager this offseason, but the Browns already have a solid young nucleus of talent in place.

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Carolina Panthers

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Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 5%

The Panthers picked up their second win this week, but they have fallen well short of their expectations this season. Without Cam Newton playing at the Pro Bowl level he did in his rookie season, the Panthers are just another below average NFL team.

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Tennessee Titans

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Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 5%

Titans owner Bud Adams put the entire organization on notice following an embarrassing home loss to the Bears. The Titans need to focus on getting Jake Locker healthy so they can evaluate their young quarterback the rest of this season, because the playoffs for them are a long shot.

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Washington Redskins

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Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

The Redskins offense has been exciting this year, but their defense has been bad. It also appears that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III may be hitting the rookie wall as his production has dipped recently.

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Oakland Raiders

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Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

The Raiders have won three games this year, but two of those three wins have come against teams that are currently 1-7. Sure Carson Palmer is putting up big numbers, but the Raiders just surrendered a 250-yard rushing game to a rookie.

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New York Jets

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Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

The Jets are going nowhere fast with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, so it may be time for them to give Tim Tebow a shot under center. At this point it would take another Tebow miracle for the Jets to make the playoffs.

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Buffalo Bills

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Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

The Bills generated a ton of buzz this offseason with the free agent signings, but that buzz has not translated to their play on the field. The only thing sinking faster than the Bills playoff chances are the chances Chan Gailey remains the Bills coach next season.

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St. Louis Rams

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Joe Toth-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

The Rams may not be playoff bound in 2012, but Jeff Fisher has them moving in the right direction. Despite playing better, the Rams find themselves in the basement of a surprisingly competitive NFC West and remain out of the playoff discussion.

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Dallas Cowboys

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Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 10%

There are too many football teams playing good football in the NFC right now for the Cowboys to continue losing close football games. The worst the Cowboys can do in the second half is 6-2 if they want any chance at getting back to the playoffs.

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Cincinnati Bengals

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Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 15%

The Bengals were one of the surprise playoff teams last season, but they have not been able to sneak up on anybody this season. At 1-3 in the division and 2-5 in the conference, the Bengals have not set themselves up to win any tiebreakers if they turn it around in the second half.

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Arizona Cardinals

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Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 15%

The Cardinals have cooled off considerably since their 4-0 start, losing their last five games. It is hard to make a playoff run without a quarterback and the Cardinals have fallen well off the pace with John Skelton under center.

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New Orleans Saints

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 15%

A few weeks ago the Saints playoff chances were non-existent, but after an impressive win over the Eagles on Monday night they look poised to make a run over the second half of the season. They still have a long way to go to get back to the playoffs, but I would not bet against Drew Brees.

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Philadelphia Eagles

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 15%

The Eagles playoff chances are taking a complete nose dive. It appears that coach Andy Reid has lost this team as his offense continues to play well below their expectations. This team needs a spark that might come from benching Michael Vick for rookie Nick Foles.

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Detroit Lions

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Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 20%

After a slow start to the season, Matthew Stafford and the Lions are starting to look like the playoff team they were a season ago. Currently they are only a half game out of the wild card in the NFC, but have a tough schedule down the stretch.

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Minnesota Vikings

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Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 20%

The Vikings are another young team that started hot this season, but have had a considerable drop off in play recently. There are too many teams behind the Vikings in the standings playing better football for them to be considered a serious playoff contender.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 30%

The Bucs offense has exploded over the past two games and has shown little signs of slowing down despite some major injuries. The biggest issue facing the Bucs is their league worst pass defense and a second half schedule that features some good quarterbacks.

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Seattle Seahawks

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Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 45%

The Seahawks are almost impossible to beat at home, but are a very beatable team on the road. The Seahawks best chance to make the playoffs is if rookie quarterback Russell Wilson can continue to get better, because they already have a formidable defense.

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San Diego Chargers

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Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 45%

Despite all that has happened to the Chargers this season, they are still firmly in the playoff race. With that being said, Philip Rivers is going to have to play much better in the second half if the Chargers are going to make a playoff run.

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Miami Dolphins

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Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 50%

The Dolphins missed a chance to take control of their playoff destiny this past weekend with a win over the Colts. Even though they lost, the Dolphins are still very much in the AFC playoff race.

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Indianapolis Colts

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Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 55%

Nobody saw the Colts contending for a playoff spot in Andrew Luck’s rookie year, but here they are at 5-3. They are currently in control of their destiny for a playoff spot, but is Luck good enough as a rookie to mask some of the flaws on the Colts roster?

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 70%

People continue to write the Steelers off as an old football team, but they keep winning games and have once again put themselves in a great position for a playoff birth. With two games on the schedule against the Ravens remaining, the Steelers can still win the AFC North.

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Green Bay Packers

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Benny Sien-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 75%

The Packers have shook off a slow start and now appear to be marching towards another playoff birth. The question appears to be not if the Packers will still be playing in January, but whether or not they can catch the Bears and win the NFC North.

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Denver Broncos

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Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 80%

As long as Peyton Manning is healthy, the Broncos are a lock to win the AFC West. The Broncos may also have the softest remaining schedule of any of the contenders in the AFC and could have the inside track towards earning a bye in the playoffs.

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Baltimore Ravens

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Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 80%

The Ravens have been bitten by the injury bug hard, but are still sitting pretty at 6-2. The return of Terrell Suggs should help offset the loss of Ray Lewis, but they still have the Steelers looming twice on their schedule. Those two games will go a long way in determining who wins the division and who falls to the wild card.

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New York Giants

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Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 85%

At 6-3, the Giants have built up a huge lead in the NFC East. The Giants usually have to scramble in December to make the playoffs, but they may be in the unfamiliar position this year of having already clinched a playoff birth by the time Christmas rolls around.

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New England Patriots

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Joe Toth-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 85%

The Patriots only have a one game lead over the Dolphins in the AFC East, but they still have to play twice this season. The Patriots had perhaps their best game of the year before their bye week and once again look poised to make a deep playoff run with Tom Brady at the helm.

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San Francisco 49ers

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Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 85%

The 49ers have clearly established themselves as the best team in the NFC West and should pull away from the Seahawks in the second half. As long as Alex Smith is not turning the football over, the Niners will be a tough team to beat.

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Houston Texans

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Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 95%

The Texans look like the most complete team in the AFC and currently occupy the driver’s seat for home field advantage in the playoffs. Their combination of tough defense with an elite rushing attack will be tough to beat in January.

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Chicago Bears

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Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 95%

The Bears defense has helped mask some of their offensive flaws, but at 7-1 the Bears appear poised to return to the playoffs. Will they be able to hold off the hard charging Packers for the NFC North title?

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Atlanta Falcons

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Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Odds: 100%

The Falcons are the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL and have a commanding four game lead in their division. At 8-0 it would take a complete meltdown of epic proportions to keep the Falcons out of the playoffs.


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