The best way to have action all season long is to make sure you get down on NFL futures betting. No matter what happens to your bankroll during the year, once you make your NFL futures bets then you are in it to win it, locked and loaded, and can root for your team, or teams, to win over or under a certain number of games as well as win the division, conference, and yes, even the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl odds are already up at the best online sportsbooks but you must remember that depending on the money wagered, these opening odds will shift so if you see a line that you like, don't be shy, make sure to take advantage of the future NFL betting lines. The average sportsbook NFL futures will be available right up until the first game kicks in Week 1 of the season.
We will do our very best to explain things properly to those who might be new to NFL futures lines because it really is quite simple and NFL futures predictions give a whole lot of bang for your sports betting buck. Without further ado, let's take a look at the NFL futures over under wins, NFL future odds to win division, conference odds, and NFL Super Bowl futures odds. Let's go!
Before we get started, we want to make sure you don't make a rookie mistake that even seasoned sports bettors are apt to make this season. Over the last 40 plus years, the standard NFL season has had four preseason and 16 regular-season games. Therefore, when looking at past performance it is easy to assume that a team will be within a few games of what they did last year. But this year the NFL has made a seismic shift in the schedule and now has three preseason games and 17 regular-season contests.
That's a big deal especially when many bettors will be viewing these NFL win total futures and subconsciously believe they are all a bit high. Well, of course, they are a bit high because there is one more game added to the schedule which means one more potential win on a team's record. Forgetting this is a simple mistake and one that many will dismiss but it is a potential landmine if you don't consider the new schedule and the one additional game.
Therefore, the NFL future odds win totals will be askew but we will endeavor to make sure we consider the future schedules NFL and examine each teams' strength of schedule when evaluating whether there is any value in the over or under for a particular team. Our NFL future bets total wins demand that we scrutinize not only the schedules but the rosters of each team as well.
There will be many changes with injuries, retirements, free agency signings, and the addition of those players expected to make an impact via the NFL Draft. The NFL future schedules and NFL future power rankings are two key tools to use in your evaluation of whether there is value in an over or under wager on a particular team.
Before we leave this topic, let's talk about what an NFL futures bet looks like, vis a vis season wins. We will use the Denver Broncos' total wins for our 2021 NFL futures prop.
Over 8½ Wins -140
Under 8½ Wins +110
it is easy to see that the total season wins is 8 ½ but what can be confusing for someone new to the game are the numbers to the right of the word "wins". These numbers are based on $100 bets so whenever you see a minus sign you know that the number to the right of it represents how much money you need to risk in order to win $100. However, whenever you see a plus sign the number to the right represents how much you will win if you risk $100.
In this case, if you want to wager over 8 ½ Denver wins you will need to bet $140 to win $100 or $70 to win $50, or $35 to win $25, etc... On the flip side, if you bet under 8 ½ wins then you would risk $100 to win $110 or $50 to win $55, or $25 to win $27.50, etc...
NFL future odds total wins are easy once you get the hang of it and it provides action week after week as you root for your team(s) to win (if you bet over) or lose (if you bet under) every time they play!
There are eight divisions of four teams each in football and every division winner gets an automatic bid to the playoffs so it is a pretty big deal. But the best part is that the best online sportsbooks will offer NFL futures division odds and this year we will take a peek at which teams are favored in all eight divisions for the 2021 season.
AFC East - Buffalo Bills -140
AFC North - Baltimore Ravens +135
AFC South - Indianapolis Colts +110
AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs -250
NFC East - Dallas Cowboys +135
NFC North - Green Bay Packers -120
NFC South - Tampa Bay Bucs -175
NFC West - Los Angeles Rams +200
The biggest division favorite is the Kansas City Chiefs who reside in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos (+500), Los Angeles Chargers (+600), and Las Vegas Raiders (+1200). Kansas City's divisional foes are certainly not tomato cans but the Chiefs are so good that the oddsmakers are looking at this as a runaway for KC. The NFL future odds wins for the Chiefs is 12½ this season which is the highest win total in the league so it is not surprising that Kansas City is this big a favorite.
But a loss here or there to decent enough divisional competition could make a compelling case to go under the posted total in this one. Regardless, the choice is yours to either bet it or forget it. Remember, more bets don't translate into a higher winning percentage. Only the best NFL futures bets should be on your ledger so be judicious when wagering.
Future NFL bets also deal in AFC and NFC winners which is the penultimate step towards winning the Super Bowl. The current NFL futures odds in this category show us that the top five in each conference as of this writing reveals the following:
The Top Five AFC Favorites:
Kansas City Chiefs +280
Buffalo Bills +700
Baltimore Ravens +900
Cleveland Browns +900
New England Patriots +1100
The Top Five NFC Favorites:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +300
Los Angeles Rams +700
San Francisco 49ers +700
Green Bay Packers +800
Seattle Seahawks +1100
It is not surprising to see the Kansas City Chiefs at the top of this list. And for those who believe Patrick Mahomes will reclaim his rightful place atop the NFL mountain this season after getting bounced by Tom Brady and the Bucs last season, you might be tempted by getting plus money as one of your NFL futures best bets.
But Mahomes will have to be healthy entering the playoffs because several AFC teams could knock Kansas City from its perch. The Buffalo Bills have a big-time gunslinger of their own in Josh Allen while Lamar Jackson of Baltimore is only a year removed from his MVP season. And what about the upstart Cleveland Browns? Can Baker Mayfield make the Dawg Pound howl with delight this season?
Lastly, the Evil Genius, Bill Belichick is rearing his hooded head once again as the Patriots have drafted the heir apparent, Alabama superstar Mac Jones, to take the mantle under center and retooled its entire offense.
Over in the NFC, we see Tom Brady, aka Tom Terrific, gunning for his eighth Super Bowl ring with the reigning champions, the Tampa Bay Bucs, being offered at +300 to win the NFC. According to the oddsmakers, the Rams are the Buccaneers' closest competition followed by the 49ers, Packers sans Aaron Rodgers at least for now, and the Seattle Seahawks.
These NFL futures betting lines are available before the season begins but some books keep them up and adjust them as the season progresses.
The Super Bowl odds are available at all of the best online sportsbooks and the futures market undoubtedly gets the most money of all the future bets in this category. As of this writing, the betting odds on the Top 10 teams are as follows:
Kansas City Chiefs +575
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600
Buffalo Bills +1200
Los Angeles Rams +1200
San Francisco 49ers +1400
Baltimore Ravens +1600
Cleveland Browns +1600
Green Bay Packers +1600
New England Patriots +2200
Seattle Seahawks +2200
We see the usual suspects at the top of the list, the Chiefs and Bucs, but as we scan down we see the Browns are in the Super Bowl discussion! That’s right, the futures market has a rather lofty place for Cleveland and maybe it’s finally their year.
On another note, there will be more than one NFL futures bet on the Buffalo Bills to continue their progression from just another AFC East also-ran to a Super Bowl champion at NFL odds of +1200.
The Super Bowl odds also show the Patriots breaking into the Top 10 despite having missed the playoffs last year for the first time in a dozen years. Not so coincidentally, Brady was hurt for most of the year in '08 and exited New England for the sun-kissed shores of Tampa last year. The odds to win on the Patriots are a tempting +2200 if you believe Cam Newton still has some 2015 mojo left or perhaps rookie Mac Jones is the new TB12 and is ready to prove it this season.
But whether you are interested in the Super Bowl odds, NFL futures total wins, or division and/or conference odds, it is of the utmost importance that you do your due diligence when it comes to finding the right sportsbook for your NFL futures picks, or any bets for that matter. All you have to do is do some research and read what people are saying.
And while we all want an easy way to deposit funds, exemplary customer service, an aesthetically pleasing dashboard, a multitude of betting options, and a superior mobile platform the single-most-important element is getting paid when you request a payout. Otherwise, what good are the bonuses, the reduced juice, or whatever other enticement they offer if you won't get paid when you win?
Get sharp and bet with the best. There are several A+ and A rated books out there so make sure to find them and good luck with your NFL futures this season. May all your wagers be winners.