The New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers are tied for the longest active playoff streaks in the NFL at seven straight seasons. Both teams are going off as heavy favorites to extend their streaks at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
New England and Green Bay are both -500 favorites to advance to the postseason in 2017 at the sportsbooks. Each team would pay +350 on wagers against them to make the playoffs.
The Patriots have completely dominated the AFC East for over a decade, winning the division 12 times in the last 13 years. This season, they will try to continue that dominance despite being without star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season as he serves his suspension.
The New York Jets (Yes to make the playoffs at +200, No at -260), Buffalo Bills (Yes +200, No -260) and Miami Dolphins (Yes +225, No -285) will try to take advantage of Brady's absence.
Green Bay had a four-season division title streak snapped last season by the Minnesota Vikings, but still advanced to the playoffs for the seventh straight time with a wild card spot. As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers have one of the best and most reliable offenses in the NFC.
Minnesota has won the division three times in the last eight seasons, and is a -200 favorite to make the playoffs next season with +160 odds to miss the playoffs.
One of the more interesting playoff battles coming into the 2017 season is the one in the AFC West. While the Denver Broncos are defending Super Bowl champions, a tumultuous offseason and an unclear quarterback picture have the Broncos at only -150 to make the postseason and +120 to miss the playoffs.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Oakland Raiders, who haven't had a winning season or made the playoffs in the last 13 years, are coming off an excellent offseason. Oakland is going off at +110 to make the playoffs and just -140 to miss them.
The biggest underdog to make the postseason on the board this season is the San Francisco 49ers, who would pay +750 on a playoff berth and -1500 to miss the postseason under new head coach Chip Kelly.