All 32 NFL groups have undergone modifications this offseason as a result of falling cap quantity after which after all the additions made in free company. We nonetheless have but to succeed in the 2021 NFL Draft, however it does really feel like we’re beginning to get an honest learn on the potential of every group getting into the 2021 season. Whereas we’re months away from authentic soccer being performed, William Hill Sportsbook launched its win totals for every NFL group in 2021 final week.
First issues first, we’ve to do not forget that the NFL is including an additional recreation to the common season, so an Over/Below listed at “8” now not means a group will go .500 if it pushes. It additionally means all win totals might seem larger than they are surely, however that is simply one thing we must alter to. As you’ll think about, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the prime of the checklist with Over/Unders at 12 and 11.5 wins, respectively. The groups with the bottom win totals are the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions at 5, whereas the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars are listed at 6.
Beneath, we’ll checklist 5 early bets to contemplate. It is true that the offseason will not be over and groups are nonetheless including to their rosters, however there’s worth to be present in a few of these traces. Let’s begin with the reigning Tremendous Bowl champions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Over 11.5 (+100)
The Buccaneers gained 11 video games of their first season with Tom Brady below heart, and naturally went on to win Tremendous Bowl LV. Going back-to-back as Tremendous Bowl champs goes to be powerful, however the Buccaneers can at the very least replicate their regular-season success in 2021. Some would argue that Tampa Bay’s 2020 common season wasn’t as nice because it might have been, as they completed in second place within the division and had been swept by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Now, with Brees retired and an additional recreation to spare, the Buccaneers ought to at the very least publish a document of 12-5.
I like this line, however that is about as excessive as I’ll go. The NFC West is certainly the hardest division in soccer, however I believe the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford is completely big. This elite protection carried the Rams to a 10-6 document final yr and even gained a playoff recreation. The offensive-minded Sean McVay buying a veteran signal-caller with an enormous arm ought to make this group higher instantly.
This line ought to shift to 9 by the point the common season rolls round. Kyler Murray and Co. acquired loads of consideration final offseason with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, however the Cardinals went simply 8-8. Arizona is receiving consideration once more this offseason with the additions of J.J. Watt, A.J. Inexperienced and Malcolm Butler. I believe that Murray will proceed to enhance and may go at the very least 9-8 in 2021. As we beforehand talked about with the Rams, the Cardinals do play within the hardest division in soccer, however they may very well be a formidable opponent as nicely. I instructed you to take Cardinals Over 7 wins final yr, and I am telling you to take the Over once more in 2021.
This would possibly not be a well-liked decide, however I’m leaning in the direction of the Below in terms of America’s Group. Nice job by Jerry Jones locking up Dak Prescott, however even 1,690 passing yards and 12 complete touchdowns from him in 4 video games resulted in only one win. The protection was the problem for Dallas final yr, there is not any doubt about it. They had been lifeless final in opponent goal-to-go effectivity, third-worst in opponent three-and-out proportion and third-worst in scoring protection. The Cowboys have the draft to attempt to plug some holes, however I do not suppose we’re going to see Dallas flip right into a contender in 2021. Moreover, betting on the NFC East to be disappointing once more looks like a guess price putting.
Detroit Lions Below 5 (+110)
Taking the Below on the group with the bottom win complete is dangerous, however I believe I am going to take a flier on this one. Changing Stafford with Jared Goff is a downgrade and changing Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay with Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman is clearly a downgrade as nicely. Selecting up an offensive playmaker like DeVonta Smith might assist, however this protection was completely atrocious final yr they usually have not completed fairly sufficient up so far the place we will afford to really feel higher about that facet of the ball. Dan Campbell looks like a coach who might construct a great tradition, however I am undecided what number of kneecaps his squad can be biting off in 12 months 1.