New England's Odds to Win Super Bowl Same as Odds to Miss 2019 NFL Playoffs

By Ian McCafferty
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams / Kevin C. Cox

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Although it doesn't exactly come as a surprise, the New England Patriots are once again the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Tom Brady and Co. have been to three straight Super Bowls and have won two, so it makes sense that they're once again at the head of the pack.

But it's not that the Patriots are +700 to win the Super Bowl that stands out, it's that they have the same exact odds to miss the playoffs this coming season.

That's +700 to win it all and +700 to miss the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

To put this in perspective, only seven other NFL teams even have plus odds to miss the NFL playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams coming the closest to New England at +215.

Meanwhile, the other AFC East teams are all heavily favored to miss the playoffs. The New York Jets are -440, Buffalo Bills are -650 and the Miami Dolphins are -1450. The Patriots have -1150 odds, if you want to bet on them to make the playoffs.

This is all just a testament to how good New England continues to be. With six Super Bowls, nine AFC championships, eight straight AFC Championship games and 16 playoff appearances in 20 seasons, it's almost mind-boggling to think about. Their 11-5 record in 2018 was their worst regular season in nearly 10 years (they went 10-6 in 2009) and they still won the Super Bowl.

While both bets might have the same odds, going with Brady and Patriots to win the Super Bowl again might actually be the safer choice – especially if you're picking between them missing the playoffs or taking home another Lombardi Trophy.

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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.