Deep Postseason Runs Rare for NFL Teams Off to 4-5 Starts

Deep Postseason Runs Rare for NFL Teams Off to 4-5 Starts
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Washington Commanders (4-5) will be shooting for their second two-game win streak of the season as they travel over 2,700 miles to visit Seattle (5-3) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. (FOX).

Washington has a surprising 3-2 record away from home this season and is coming off a 20-17 road triumph at New England last Sunday. Seattle is coming off a 37-3 road thrashing at Baltimore last Sunday.

To aid your NFL wagers at apps like ESPN BET Virginia, utilized Champs or Chumps to look at how teams ended the rest of the season after starting 4-5 since 2013. There have been 58 teams to start 4-5 in the last 10 seasons.

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Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 4-5

SituationNumber of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs1627.6%
Winning Wild Card Round915.5%
Winning Divisional Round35.2%
Winning Conference Championship00.0%
Winning Super Bowl00.0%

Just getting into the postseason is a tough task with only 16 (27.6%) of the 58 teams extending their seasons. Only nine (15.5%) have won a game in the Wild Card Round, with just three (5.2%) of those teams getting through a Divisional Round game.

Forget about the final two games as no teams have won a Conference Championship or Super Bowl title. It’s no surprise then the Commanders playoff chances are just +800 for and -1400 against.

Commanders Head to Seattle as Underdog

As of Wednesday morning at Virginia betting apps, the Commanders are a 6.5-point and +220 money line underdog at Seattle (-275) with the over/under game total at 45.5 points.

Checking their future markets, Washington is at +10000 to win the NFC and +25000 to win the Super Bowl. They are also the third choice (+15000) to win the NFC East Division behind Dallas (+450) and the prohibitive and defending divisional champion Philadelphia (-650).

Washington starting quarterback Sam Howell is at +15000 at BetMGM Virginia to win the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award with wide receiver Terry McLaurin listed at +25000.

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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