Betting Odds and Prediction for Whether Buffalo Makes the 2020 NFL Playoffs
After zero playoff berths from 2000-2016, Buffalo has now reached postseason play in two of the last three seasons. The Bills’ 10 wins in 2019 marked the first double-digit victory season for the organization in the 21st century, and there’s a whole lot to build from.
Aside from having substantial performers in place on both sides of the ball, it goes without saying that the AFC East division is as wide open as it has ever been.
No Tom Brady in New England is fantastic news for fans in Buffalo, and Josh Allen is on the verge of becoming an elite NFL quarterback. Taking everything into account, let’s peer ahead and determine if the Bills will make the playoffs in 2020.
Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Odds
If you are banking on Buffalo getting to the postseason in some form or fashion, you definitely want to make sure you are betting NFL online at the right place. You have to lay -210 on the Bills making the playoffs at nearly every site, while SportsBetting.ag installed “yes” for the Bills’ playoff odds at -185.
If you’re in the camp of non-Josh Allen believers and project Buffalo regresses in the upcoming year, +160 is the best number I could find on the Bills missing the playoffs.
Keep in mind that the amendment to the postseason format means seven teams per conference make the playoffs. Think of this as an insurance policy of sorts for Buffalo. In the event that they fall short in the AFC East race, there’s now an additional wild card slot up for grabs.
Now’s the time to decide if the Bills will make the playoffs.
Bills Playoff Prediction and Pick
One of Buffalo’s glaring holes in 2019 was the need for additional firepower on offense. Aggressively trading for Stefon Diggs is hopefully the answer, along with a more progressive version of Dawson Knox.
John Brown and Cole Beasley provided dependability, and Devin Singletary had a productive rookie campaign. Nonetheless, this is a squad that clocked in 24th in the NFL in scoring and 24th in the league in yards per game. They also ranked 24th in third-down conversion percentage, partly because Josh Allen only completed 58.8% of his throws.
Frankly, I suspect Diggs and Allen can establish a good rapport quickly and transform this offense into a much more balanced unit.
The good news is while the offense might be a work in progress, the defense is already stellar and the main reason the Bills catapulted themselves into the playoffs. Second in points allowed and third in yards against a season ago, Leslie Frazier’s bunch could be even more explosive in 2020.
Ed Oliver and Tremaine Edmunds lead a collection of feisty individuals, plus Mario Addison (free agency) and A.J. Epenesa (draft) are set to join the fray.
I picked “over nine” for the Bills’ win total and took “under nine” for the Patriots, and I don’t have much faith in either the Dolphins or the Jets make any legitimate noise.
That should tell you all you need to know.