Week 14 of the NFL sports betting season marked a crucial point in the year, and not just because it was the beginning of most fantasy league playoffs. The Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings all took major steps in the right direction in the NFC playoff race, while the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay lost their footing. Meanwhile in the AFC playoff race, the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts were the lone standouts prior to Monday night’s clash between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans, with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals all lost. With just three games remaining on the regular season schedule there is little room for error heading in to the final stretch, and with a strong slate of games it should be an exciting online betting finish.
The Atlanta Falcons are on top of the NFC for now at 11-2, and while they have already clinched the NFC South there is room to slip in the overall standings. The Falcons have a tough test against the New York Giants this week before traveling to face the Detroit Lions, then return home to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season finale. None of those three football betting contests will be easy, and with the Packers and San Francisco 49ers, there is still a chance Atlanta will be in action in the opening round. As for the race to get in, the Bears now face uncertainty as the final Wild Card seed following last week’s loss, with the Redskins, Cowboys, and Vikings all one game back, although there is room for Washington and Dallas to catch New York in the division as well. Chicago hosts Green Bay before traveling to Arizona and Detroit to close out the year, so there are no guarantees.
As for the AFC picture, the Texans, Patriots, Broncos, and Ravens all appear locks to at least make it, although the finishing order could come down to the wire. The Colts are next in line as the highest Wild Card seed but face Houston twice over their final three games, which could make things interesting. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are tied for second in the AFC North, and while the Steelers hold the head-to-head battle for the second Wild Card spot, these teams meet in week 16, which could determine which team gets in. While the New York Jets have been talked about for all of the wrong reasons, isn’t it funny that they are right behind the Steelers and Bengals at 6-7, with a favorable schedule meaning they can still finish higher than .500 for the NFL betting season.
After 14 weeks of football, there is still a lot up in the air left to be determined. All of that will come to an end over these next three weeks of the regular season, and it will be interesting to see when it is all said and done which teams get in, and which are left on the outside looking in. For all of the latest NFL news and odds, check out the best online betting sites.