The 2019 NFL standings as predicted by oddsmakers

Aug 16 2019, 4:49 pm

The 2019-20 NFL season is just around the corner.

With teams at the midway point of preseason, we’re now under three weeks away from kicking off the regular season on September 5.

In anticipation of the new season, we’ve put together the predicted standings based on over/under lines for win totals set by Sportsbetting.ag. In instances where two teams were tied, we gave the edge to the team with the better record last season.

AFC outlook

Surprise surprise, oddsmakers love the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady is 42 years old, but that doesn’t seem to matter. No team has a higher expected win total (11.5) than the defending Super Bowl champs. Expect them to win the AFC East with ease, with the races being much closer in the other three divisions in the Conference.

Here’s the predicted standings, with expected win totals listed in parentheses.

AFC East

  • New England Patriots (11.5)
  • Buffalo Bills (7.5)
  • New York Jets (7.5)
  • Miami Dolphins (4.5)

AFC North

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (9)
  • Cleveland Browns (9)
  • Baltimore Ravens (8)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (5.5)

AFC South

  • Indianapolis Colts (9.5)
  • Houston Texans (8)
  • Tennessee Titans (7.5)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (7.5)

AFC West

  • Kansas City Chiefs (10.5)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (10)
  • Denver Broncos (7)
  • Oakland Raiders (6)

How the AFC playoffs would look…

Oddsmakers have two new teams making the playoffs in the AFC this season, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns each squeaking in. Pittsburgh missed the playoffs for the first time in five years last season, while Cleveland hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2002.

The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans each made the playoffs last season, but are forecasted to be on the outside looking in next year.

Here’s a look at the playoff seedings (division winners indicated with an asterisk*):

  1. New England Patriots* (11.5)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs* (10.5)
  3. Indianapolis Colts* (9.5)
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers* (9)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (10)
  6. Cleveland Browns (9)

NFC outlook

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to be the class of the NFC, with the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams pushing them for the top record in the Conference.

NFL East

  • Philadelphia Eagles (10.5)
  • Dallas Cowboys (9)
  • Washington Redskins (6.5)
  • New York Giants (6)

NFC North

  • Chicago Bears (9)
  • Minnesota Vikings (9)
  • Green Bay Packers (9)
  • Detroit Lions (7)

NFC South

  • New Orleans Saints (10)
  • Atlanta Falcons (8.5)
  • Carolina Panthers (8)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6.5)

NFC West

  • Los Angeles Rams (10)
  • Seattle Seahawks (8.5)
  • San Francisco 49ers (8.5)
  • Arizona Cardinals (5.5)

How the NFC playoffs would look…

Just one newcomer is forecasted for the NFC playoffs, with the Minnesota Vikings taking the last playoff spot. The Seattle Seahawks, who made the playoffs last year, will narrowly miss them next season according to oddsmakers.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles* (10.5)
  2. Los Angeles Rams* (10)
  3. New Orleans Saints* (10)
  4. Chicago Bears* (9)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (9)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (9)