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Updated betting odds to make NFL playoffs for all 32 teams in 2019 season

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Updated betting odds to make NFL playoffs for all 32 teams in 2019 season

Training camps are about a month away for most NFL teams, and with free agency and the draft behind us, oddsmakers have released odds to make the playoffs for all 32 teams.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, who have not missed the postseason since 2008 when they went 11-5 without an injured Tom Brady, are -850 to make the playoffs. No other team is even close to those odds.

New England has won the AFC East division 10 consecutive years and in 15 of the last 16 seasons. Even a Brady injury might not severely dampen the Patriots' odds of making the playoffs given the lack of quality competition in the division. The Pats also have one of the easiest 2019 schedules based on opponents' win percentage in 2018.

Here's the full list of odds to make the playoffs next season.

The Miami Dolphins are the biggest longshots to make the playoffs at +1200. Former Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is entering his first season as Dolphins head coach, and the team's lack of a franchise quarterback certainly is one factor in these odds.

A couple interesting bets involve the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. The Packers should make the playoffs if quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy, but that hasn't been a sure thing over the last few years. Similarly, the Texans should be able to earn at least a wild-card berth if quarterback Deshaun Watson is able to stay healthy. Watson played all 16 games in 2018 after tearing his ACL about halfway through his rookie campaign. The Texans won the AFC South in 2018 with Watson.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

Like most of the rest of the NFL world, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network is amazed that we are talking about what has become known as Spygate 2.0 - the Patriots again being accused of taping an opposing teams' sideline - and the repercussions surrounding it. 

He joined Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to provide a little national perspective on the controversy and his first reaction was how "positively absurd" it was that the Pats are being accused of the same behavior that they were punished for back in 2007.

"If the Patriots did attempt something like this again, how remarkably brazen it would be?" Eisen told Curran. "I couldn't imagine being in that press box and seeing that happen? That's what makes it so positively absurd. How does anybody that represents anything to do with the Patriots not know you're not supposed to shoot the other team's sideline?''

Eisen predicted that the Patriots' admission of a "unintended oversight" in taping the sideline of the Cincinnati Bengals while they were playing the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday and Bill Belichick's adamant denial of knowing anything about the operation, won't prevent a hefty fine from being leveled by the NFL against the team. 

I'm sure there are a lot of people who are breathing fire at One Patriot Place," Eisen said. "Even if it was a clueless botched operation, I think the Patriots get fined. They still shot video of another teams' sideline and bottom line is that's a no-no, an absolute no-no.

"I'm assuming its a hefty fine for the team that's coming."

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Eisen's comments come near the end of the episode. Former Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel joins Curran earlier and talks about how the original Spygate accusations back in '07 were a motivating factor for a Patriots team that went on to a 16-0 regular season.

"We were shocked at how it took on a life of its own," Cassel recalled. "It honestly was comical the way they took it, with people thinking we had it all figured out, we filmed them and we knew all their signs. The best thing that possibly could've happened is we came out for the rest of the season after the knowledge that Spygate took place and everyone saying 'That's why they won their Super Bowls' and we just dominated." 

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

Through 13 weeks, it’s become clear that there are six good teams in the AFC and one very good, maybe great team. The Ravens are a complete team: offense, defense, special teams, coaching, situationally smart, tough, you name it.

Everybody else has the flaw that they’ll either need to cover up or overcome in the playoffs to get past Baltimore.