NFL Mid-Season Playoff Picture

by Wayne Root

If the NFL playoffs were to begin based on Week 9-ending records, this is how it would match up.

Pittsburgh has a Bye

Raiders vs Bills
Miami vs Kansas City
Baltimore vs Tennessee


New Orleans has a Bye

LA Rams vs Seattle
Tampa Bay vs Philadelphia 
Arizona vs Green Bay
Looking to get into the playoffs
In the AFC, Cleveland and Indianapolis can certainly move up. Most after that would have to go on a 8-0 or 7-1 run. It’s possible but unlikely. 
In the NFC, the Chicago Bears have an opportunity if they right the ship. 
Value betting bottom teams?
It will be interesting to see if a team that is 3-5, can finish the second half of the season 7-1 or 6-2 to finish at 10-6 or 9-7.  I think this week is the most critical week of the season. It might be a chance to see which coach can adapt, manage or MOTIVATE. 
This will be followed up next week on the results of the upcoming games in Week 9. If you can identify a certain coach and why his team team fell behind at this point, there’s point spread value AND money to be made on these lower-tiered teams. 
Good luck with all your football information and continue to come back for more thinking out of the box.

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