With just five weeks remaining in the regular season, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs are 10-1, in the thick of the NFL Playoff picture. However, the Steelers are undefeated at 11-0 and in control of the conference's lone bye, according to the current NFL Playoff bracket. Changes to the NFL postseason format mean that there are 14 slots to fill in the 2020 NFL playoff picture, and the Jets (0-11) and Jaguars (1-10) are the only two teams who have been mathematically eliminated.
The NFC West remains one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL, and there are three teams from the division who would be in the 2020 NFL Playoff bracket if the postseason started today. The Seahawks (8-3) are the -240 favorites to win the division and +400 to win the conference in the latest 2020 NFL odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before you evaluate the NFL playoff picture 2020 and make any postseason bets or 2021 Super Bowl predictions, you'll want to check out the 2020 NFL Playoffs outlook from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and is up over $7,900 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago.
It's a sizzling 20-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, already returning almost $900. The model enters Week 13 on an incredible 116-75 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Additionally, the model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the model has evaluated the latest postseason odds from William Hill Sportsbook, simulated every snap of the rest of the 2020 NFL season, and the results are in. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
Best values for 2020 NFL Playoff picks
One of the model's best bets for the postseason: The New York Giants (+200) win the NFC East. The Giants have won three games in a row to get to 4-7 and currently hold the tiebreaker over Washington (4-7) thanks to a pair of head-to-head victories. During the current winning streak, the Giants have eight takeaways and have only turned the ball over once during that span. The defense now ranks ninth in the NFL in points allowed and 10th in total defense.
The running game has also come to life, allowing the Giants to play balanced football. New York has rushed for at least 100 yards as a team in its last six games and Wayne Gallman has scored six rushing touchdowns in the last five weeks. That's why SportsLine's model has New York winning the division in 42.7 percent of simulations, a strong value since the +200 line implies that the Giants only win it 33.3 percent of the time.
How to make 2020 NFL futures bets and Super Bowl picks
The model has also made the call on the postseason outlook for every other NFL contender and has identified four other NFL futures best bets, including multiple wagers that return over 5-1. You can see the model's NFL futures picks here.
So which NFL futures bets should you be all over? And which picks that return more than 5-1 have all the value? Check out the latest NFL odds and NFL playoff picture below and then visit SportsLine to see the 2020 NFL Playoff outlook, all from the model that is up over $7,900 on its top-rated NFL picks.
2020 NFL Playoff picture
Current NFC seeding (four division winners plus three wild cards)
NFC teams "in the hunt"
- Vikings (5-6)
- Bears (5-6)
- 49ers (5-6)
- Lions (4-7)
- Washington (4-7)
- Falcons (4-7)
- Panthers (4-8)
- Eagles (3-7-1)
- Cowboys (3-8)
Current AFC seeding (four division winners plus three wild cards)
AFC teams "in the hunt"