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August and September offer hope for just about every team in the league -- They all start with a clean undefeated slate and a Super Bowl run isn't totally out of the question. Especially with how much turnover happens from year-to-year, everyone has a shot. 

However, by the time January rolls around, only 12 of the 32 teams in the NFL will be in the playoffs, meaning 20 teams will always be on the outside looking in.

Let's see who the most likely teams to miss the playoffs are this time around: 

It's intriguing to see the three "favorites" are all AFC East teams, and three others made the playoffs last season. The Buffalo Bills, this year's overall favorite to miss the playoffs, are predicted to be the worst team in the league, and they were in the playoffs last year! Now that Nathan Peterman has been named the starter, it all kind of makes sense. 

Betting on teams to not make the playoffs could be a more profitable route, considering a higher volume of teams misses the playoffs, rather than those that make it. The Bills won't make the playoffs in 2018, but do you really want to put a bet down on those 1/33 odds? The Patriots missing the playoffs will have a great ROI opportunity, but there's almost no shot of that happening, barring injury or major unforeseen event. 

The best use for these odds is gauging how bad certain teams are. It's interesting to note the Jets, Bengals, and Bears have also been getting some run as potential playoff sleepers. 

If we've learned anything, it's that the AFC East will be very bad this year and the Patriots are going to win it again. 

But we already knew that, didn't we?

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