2008 AFC North Futures Betting June 23rd, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Football Futures Betting – Analyzing AFC North Win Totals
Our best Sportsbooks has posted NFL odds to win the Super Bowl, and that is just the beginning. There is also football odds posted on what the regular season win totals for every NFL team are going to be. And today we are going to analyze those win totals for all the team’s in the AFC North, which produced one club – the Steelers – who made the playoffs last season. Here’s the AFC North.
BetUS NFL Futures Betting Odds
Under 6 wins -140
Over 6 wins – Even
This one is a bit dicey, because of the possibility that the Ravens will make a change during the season to either bring Troy Smith or rookie Joe Flacco to replace Kyle Boller at quarterback. That could bring some big growing pains, but in other places the Ravens are respectable. On defense, Baltimore is solid in some spots, though shaky in others. It will be interesting to see how long Ray Lewis & Co. remain patient if the offensive unit starts stumbling an bumbling. If anything, I would take the price on the OVER, though not in a strong recommendation, since there is some upside here if Boller manages to minimize mistakes.
Under 7.5 wins -145
Over 7.5 wins +105
What you have to look out for in Cincinnati is that the Bengals ought to have a healthier linebacking corps this year.
They couldn’t possibly help but have one. On offense they’re going to be very capable, as long as Carson Palmer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson (happy or not) remain healthy. The running game should be adequate, but there is upside here if Rudi Johnson can come back strong. This may be the year Marvin Lewis has to perform, or else he may be out the door. I had the Bengals pegged at 8-8; since I think they at least have the capability to be better than that, I might take the small price with the OVER.
Over 8 wins -170
Under 8 wins +130
The Browns tied for the division title last year – let’s not forget that. There are some people who look at this team like a house of cards, or a fluke. But I think their offensive personnel, like QB Derek Anderson, WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow, are dynamic, and that attack gets better with the addition of Donte Stallworth. There are new arrivals on the defensive line in the persons of Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams. Admittedly, they have to improve a great deal in terms of defending the opposing receivers, but this team can improve on its 10-6 finish from last year. To me, this is a very solid OVER play.
Over 9 wins -150
Under 9 wins -+110
After last season’s disappointing home playoff loss to Jacksonville, I don’t expect coach Mike Tomlin to let this team relax. If Willie Parker is the workhorse, Rashard Mendenhall will offer an interesting change of pace and really bolster the Steeler offense. The concern here is in the offensive line, which lost Alan Faneca, an All-Pro, and allowed Ben Roethlisberger to be sacked 47 times last season. Big Ben holds the ball too long, and that is something opposing defenses tune in to. I would not look for any dip in quality on the part of the Steeler defense, which ranked third in the league against both the run and the pass in 2007. This is a team that may not defend its division title successfully, but will be right up there all season long. We’ll go OVER, although not as strongly as the Cleveland recommendation.
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