Raiders Make Playoffs for Super Bowl LVI Despite the Odds

Written By Marc Meltzer on January 12, 2022

Despite underdog odds, the Las Vegas Raiders claimed a playoff spot for Super Bowl LVI with their defeat of the Los Angeles Chargers in the last game of the NFL regular season. The Raiders defeated the Chargers in overtime 35-32 on a walk-off field goal by kicker Daniel Carlson.

Though Las Vegas could have made the playoffs with a win or a tie. The Raiders won even though the team could have secured a playoff spot while sitting on the ball in overtime.

The Raiders moved the ball into Chargers territory late in overtime and decided to take a game-winning kick to move into the playoffs on a winning note.

The NFL gifted the winners of the last game of the regular season with the honor of being part of the first playoff game of the year. The Raiders hit the road to play the Cincinnati Bengals in the first NFL playoff game Saturday at 1:35 (PT).

A tie in the season’s final game would have sent the Raiders to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. The win means that Las Vegas won’t have to play a team that defeated them by 39 and 27, respectively.

Las Vegas would have been a larger underdog if they had to play the Chiefs in the season’s first playoff game.

Raiders Playoff and Preseason Odds

The Raiders are +6.5 underdogs at Cincinnati on the BetMGM NV app. Las Vegas is +225 on the moneyline, and the total for the game is over/under 49.5.

Raiders head into the playoffs with +5000 odds to win the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles are the only teams with longer Super Bowl odds. Both Pennsylvania teams +6600 to with the Super Bowl.

The futures odds for the Raiders to win the Super Bowl were +8000 before the season. The Raiders were +310 to make the playoffs before the season. Raiders supporters can cash those tickets.

The Raiders season win total at BetMGM was 7 (-135 over) prior to the season. Now that all regular-season games have been played, Raiders faithful should see more money in their app. Old school bettors can head to the casino and cash their tickets.

NFL Playoff Odds

The Raiders will participate in the first game of the 2021-22 NFL playoffs. The game will kick off three straight days and nights of NFL playoff action. Let’s take a look at the odds from BetMGM for the first weekend of NFL playoff games.

Saturday
Raiders vs. Bengals (-6.5) 1:35 p.m. PT
Patriots vs. Bills (-4.5) 5:15 p.m. PT

Sunday
Eagles vs. Buccaneers (-8.5) 10:05 a.m. PT
49ers vs. Cowboys (-3) 1:40 p.m. PT
Steelers vs. Chiefs (-12.5) 5:15 p.m. PT

Monday
Cardinals vs. Rams (4.5) 5:15 p.m. PT

All home teams opened the first week of playoffs as favorites. The odds will change as bets are placed on either side.

Super Bowl LVI Futures

Super Bowl LVI championship odds have fluctuated throughout the season. There are 14 teams in the playoffs for the first time this year. The Green Bay Packers are the 4-1 favorites to win Super Bowl. The Chiefs are just behind at 5-1.

Last year’s Super Bowl champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are 8.5-1 to repeat as NFL champions this year. Here are updated BetMGM odds for the remaining teams as they head into the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers: +400
Kansas City Chiefs: +500
Buffalo Bills: +700
Tennessee Titans: +800
Los Angeles Rams: +800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +850
Dallas Cowboys: +1200
Arizona Cardinals: +1800
Cincinnati Bengals: +2000
New England Patriots: +2000
San Francisco 49ers: +2500
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +6600
Pittsburgh Steelers: +6600

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