The NFL season is still months away, but that doesn’t mean that betting hasn’t opened up. With so much unknown about the upcoming season, now is the perfect time to find that diamond in the rough and make a good chunk of money. Betting odds will vary slightly based on what site/sports book you use so what I post may be slightly different than what see somewhere else. For the record, odds will be given with +/-. So for example, if someone is +500 to do something, that means for every $100 you bet, you win $500. On the flip side, -500 means you’d have to bet $500 in order to win $100. Without further ado, let’s get to the best five bets of the NFL season
1. Chargers +200 to win the division
I love this bet because the Chargers winning the division seems to likely. They get one of the best weapons back in Hunter Henry and have a lot of young players that are ready to take the next step. Last season, they had the same record as the Chiefs and split with them during the regular season, only losing the division by a tiebreaker. The reason I love this bet? Tyreek Hill. If he ends up getting suspended (which is looking more and more likely), these odds are going to go way down. In fact, we may see a flip, where the Chargers become the favorite and are something like -125. This is a bet that won’t be around for long, so make sure you get it now while there’s still money to be made.
2. Seahawks +275 to win the division
This Seattle team surprised everyone and went 10-6 last year, despite what looked like the start of a rebuild. The team that loses the Super Bowl typically seems to struggle the next season. Add in the fact that Todd Gurley has been mysteriously bad and the fact that Goff looked to be exposed for the second half of last year and the Super Bowl, and we could be looking at a team poised to take a step back. Plus Russell Wilson is Russell Wilson, so there’s that. This is another one of those bets that could change quickly once we get some news on Todd Gurley (If we ever do).
3. Packers +900 to win the NFC
The Packers were bad last year. But that’s a good thing for them this year. First, it allowed them to finally fire McCarthy, which was long overdue. Second, it forced them to finally spend some money in free agency (which makes their defense look pretty good on paper). Finally, it means they play a third place schedule, meaning they will theoretically have an easier schedule than the Bears or Vikings. Add all that up and sprinkle in a healthy, motivated Aaron Rodgers, and that’s a bet I’ll take every time.
-Stephen Brown III (@sbtrey23)