2022 NFL Playoffs Dark Horses

The Eagles, Vikings, Chiefs, and Bills have played very well through the first 11 weeks of 2022, but there are many teams being overlooked as we delve further into the second half of the NFL season. So, who are the teams that have not been getting the buzz that the top teams have gotten? Let us take a look at some teams that will be sure to make an impact this postseason, and anyone of them has a chance at lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February.

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Miami Dolphins (+1600)

The explosive Dolphins offense is arguably the best in the league when firing on all cylinders. Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle are prone to big plays more often than the majority of the league. In addition, the team added Jeff Wilson Jr. to help Raheem Mostert. Miami had its much-deserved bye week in Week 11, and Mike McDaniel will hope to extend the Dolphins’ four-game winning streak against the visiting Houston Texans on November 27. That should be an easy matchup, but the December 4th matchup in San Francisco will not be easy. It is the start of a three-game road trip that includes two consecutive games in California (December 11 at the Chargers).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1600)

Unfortunately for bettors, Tom Brady and his Buccaneers have inflated title odds. However, his seven rings are still the reason why they cannot be counted out. “Tompa Bay” had a relaxing — and much-needed — bye week after a victory in Germany in Week 10. The Buccaneers get the chance to take on two under-.500 teams before traveling to San Francisco. If Tampa is above .500 by the end of December, the team has a decent chance of being a contender. The Buccaneers are also lucky that their division is one of the worst in the NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals (+3000)

It has not even been 10 months since the Cincinnati Bengals fell just short in Super Bowl LVI. They had a tremendous team in 2021, but the offensive line failed them. Joe Burrow is still playing great football, and the team should get Ja’Marr Chase at full health for at least the final few weeks of the season. Cincinnati is fortunate to be in the weak AFC North division. The Bengals continued to look strong on Sunday with the 37-30 victory over Pittsburgh. Speaking of the division, the Bengals host the Ravens in Week 18. This Bengals team presents very strong value at this point in the season.