By Skip Charles in Vegas
Playoff fever has gripped the NFL.
But nowhere is it hotter than in Philly, where the Eagles have suddenly rocketed from mediocrity to become a real contender for the postseason.
There are five NFC teams that look to be playoff locks while the final two spots are wide open.
Which of those teams have the best odds to make the playoffs?
Minnesota Vikings (51%): The Minnesota Vikings are 5-5, and they might be the best 5-5 team of all time. They’ve had a lead in every game they’ve played this season and have not lost a game by more than a touchdown. Despite Minnesota being a 3-point underdog Sunday at San Francisco, the Vikings are -105 to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers (50%): Coming into the season, the expectations were high for the 49ers but inconsistency has been the only constant for San Francisco this year. The talent is there and the 49ers have exactly a 50% chance with +100 odds to make the playoffs.
EAGLES (43%): Jalen Hurts has been way better than many expected and the Eagles are running the ball down teams’ throats.
The Birds have won three of its last four games and have the easiest remaining schedule in the league according to Tankathon. The Eagles are +135 to make the playoffs.
New Orleans Saints (43%): The offense has not been pretty for New Orleans since Jameis Winston went down. Any bet on the Saints to make the playoffs hedges on their defense and the brilliance of Sean Payton. New Orleans sits at +135 to make the playoffs.
Further down the list, Carolina and Washington both have just a 13% chance to make the playoffs. Both teams seem to have gained momentum in recent weeks, but the Panthers and the Football Team sit at +700 to make the playoffs.
Seattle and Atlanta have +1200 odds to make the postseason while the Giants sit at +1800.