On average, six teams that missed the playoffs the year before make the NFL playoffs' 12-team field every season. The New York Giants know this better than most, as they were one of those new teams in 2016.


Then, just as quickly, the G-Men became one of the teams swiftly replaced in 2017, when an astounding eight new teams made the playoffs in their stead.

The Chicago Bears are a bit less familiar with the NFL Playoffs, given they haven't made a playoff appearance since losing the NFC Championship to the Green Bay Packers in 2010. But they do have a promising young quarterback and a solid defense coming into 2018, and many see them as a sleeper, especially if the Packers lose Aaron Rodgers for any length of time once more. 


So what are the chances that either the Giants or the Bears make the playoffs? Interesting enough to examine, surely.

With all due respect to the Bears, they're probably still a year or two away and reside in a stacked division, so this is essentially betting on whether the Giants will make the playoffs this year with a bit of extra protection in the Bears. 


The Bears could surprise us, but I think Mitchell Trubisky needs another full year under center to develop before they can think about surpassing the Minnesota Vikings and healthy Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. 


The Giants are a bit more promising heading into 2018, with Saquon Barkley joining the team and Odell Beckham Jr. back, but their season may rely on the arm of 37-year-old Eli Manning. Still, the Giants making a run to the playoffs isn't out of the question, but they'd likely have to win 10+ games to do it, especially with the NFC South sporting three 2017 playoff teams.


The Vikings, Packers and Eagles are all stacked, followed by competitors like the Rams and 49ers out west. That's already eight teams competing for six spots right there without considering fringe teams like the Seahawks, Giants and Cowboys. It'll be a wild year in the NFC. 


The Giants might sneak in as a Wild Card if everything breaks right, and who knows? The Bears might even skyrocket to relevance. But at basically 2/1 odds, you're not going to make a lot of money off what is a shaky bet at best. 


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