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Indianapolis and Minnesota bucked long odds to make the NFL playoffs, as did the Redskins and Seahawks. Who was the biggest longshot back in the preseason?
It was August 21, 2012 and theand were two of the three biggest longshots to make the NFL playoffs.
Only the according to an article on OddsShark.com., a +1000 longshot, had longer odds at Bovada,
But here we are on the eve of Wild Card weekend and the Vikings and Colts are preparing for games against theand respectively.
"It just goes to prove that the NFL is full of surprises and full of longshot betting potential," said Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com. "Both are underdogs on the NFL odds menu this weekend as well."
Minnesota, with an untested rookie QB inand a faltering RB in , was +800. The Colts and , picked as bottom dwellers in the AFC South, were each +750.
Washington was a +450 underdog and their Wild Card foes from Seattle were +300, two more preseason longshots that paid off.
Meanwhile, the three teams most considered guaranteed playoff participants all came through. Thewere -900 (meaning you had to bet $90 to turn just a $10 profit) to make it and the Packers and were -600 each.
The Bovada odds reflected that fact. But all three bombed early and none made it., and were all preseason picks to make the playoffs and the
And Denver, currently the Super Bowl favorite, was actually favored to not make the playoffs. Thewere -140 to NOT make the playoffs back in August.