As we enter Week 13, the 2020 NFL Playoff picture is finally coming into focus. There are over 20 teams with realistic hopes of occupying one of the league’s 14 spots in the 2020 NFL playoff bracket this season. The addition of an extra wild card team in 2020 means that only one team gets a bye in the AFC and NFC, which has made the fight at the top in both conferences extremely competitive.
The Steelers (11-0) and Chiefs (10-1) are battling it out in the AFC while the Saints (9-2), Packers (8-3) and Seahawks (8-3) are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Before you evaluate the NFL playoff picture 2020 and make any postseason bets or 2021 Super Bowl predictions, you’ll want to check out the 2020 NFL Playoffs outlook from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and is up over $7,900 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago.
It’s a sizzling 20-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, already returning almost $900. The model enters Week 13 on an incredible 116-75 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Additionally, the model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the model has evaluated the latest postseason odds from William Hill Sportsbook, simulated every snap of the rest of the 2020 NFL season, and the results are in. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
Best values for 2020 NFL Playoff picks
One of the model’s best bets for the postseason: The New York Giants (+200) win the NFC East. New York is tied with the Washington Football Team at 4-7 on top of the division, with the Cowboys (3-8) and Eagles (3-7-1) also in the hunt. However, the Giants are playing the best football, which gives them the inside track.
New York has won three games in a row entering Week 13 and the defense is coming off a dominant performance in which it allowed just 155 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers against the Bengals. The Giants’ defense now ranks 10th in total defense and ninth in points allowed. Meanwhile, even though the offense still ranks 30th in scoring and 29th in total yards, it’s turned in four consecutive games with at least 350 yards from scrimmage.
SportsLine’s model has New York winning the division in 42.7 percent of simulations, a strong value since the +200 line implies that the Giants only win it 33.3 percent of the time. However, the value stops there as the model only has the Giants winning the NFC (+5000) in 0.66 percent of simulations and winning the Super Bowl (+10000) 0.11 percent of the time.