The new year is upon us, and it brings NFL bettors many more opportunities to cash in. With the slate of games having slowed down somewhat, it’s a good time to take another look at the futures board for chances to beat the books on some long-term plays, with odds that haven’t seen much action recently.
NFL Handicapping Insight
The NFL’s playoff-season is here, making this a good time for the alert bettor to look ahead to the postseason futures market. Here’s a look at three top teams, some mid-level teams, and some long shots, with a recommended pick from each category.
New England Patriots 3-1
The Patriots have withstood the test of time thanks to the consistent leadership they get from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Now with a motivated Brady leading the troops following the offseason Deflategate scandal, the Patriots will move mountains to repeat as champions.
Arizona Cardinals 3-1
The Cardinals were looking to be on track to go to the Super Bowl during a 9-1 start a year ago, but an injury to Carson Palmer derailed those hopes. Now with a healthy Palmer in tow, the Cardinals have the talent on both sides of the football to make a run. It’s a shame Palmer and Bruce Arians didn’t get together sooner.
Seattle Seahawks 7-1
The Seahawks have been to each of the last two Super Bowls, winning one, and getting a chance to win the other from inside the 5-yard line. They’re getting hot at the right time, and Russell Wilson has been a nightmare for opposing defenses. He just smashed a slew of single-season Seahawks franchise records. But he’s too short.
Pittsburgh Steelers 12-1
The Steelers have dealt with a number of injuries all season long, but when Ben Roethlisberger is one the field, the offense has been just fine. DeAngelo Williams (day to day w/ ankle injury) has shown there’s still some life left in his legs while filling in for Le’Veon Bell, and a Pittsburgh defense that’s looked dead for the last five years is showing signs of life.
Green Bay Packers 16-1
Criticize the Packers all you’d like, but they’re 10-6 on the season through all their troubles. Bet against them with caution.
Kansas City Chiefs 20-1
The Chiefs looked out of it early in the season, but the team has gone on a nice little run over the last couple months. The offense that looked doomed when Jamaal Charles went down has been moving the ball just fine thanks to Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin, while the defense has covered a lot of other issues.
Minnesota Vikings 30-1
With Adrian Peterson running the ball strongly, the Vikings remain a force in the NFC. Mike Zimmer’s really made something out of the team’s defense, and Teddy Bridgewater’s held his own under center. The health of this team is getting better at the right time too.
Houston Texans 50-1
The Texans’ defense has really carried the team since Arian Foster went down. With Brian Hoyer now back under center, and DeAndre Hopkins catching just about everything thrown his way, the team finally has the pieces needed on that side of the ball to compete.
Here’s the full list of odds to win the 2016 Super Bowl.
- New England Patriots +350
- Arizona Cardinals +450
- Carolina Panthers +475
- Seattle Seahawks +550
- Denver Broncos +600
- Pittsburgh Steelers +900
- Green Bay Packers +2200
- Kansas City Chiefs +1600
- Cincinnati Bengals +2500
- Minnesota Vikings +2800
- Washington Redskins +4000
- Houston Texans +6600
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