Biggest 2014 Preseason Questions for NFL Bettors

Jordan Sharp

Friday, June 20, 2014 4:00 AM GMT

After the NFL Draft, teams are all starting to fill out the rest of their offseason rosters. As we head into the dog days of summer, several NFL Odds questions can be raised. Below are three of the bigger offseason questions in the NFL this summer.

Could an AFC Dark horse make a run?
Last season a couple of dark horses emerged early on in the season in the AFC, and even though the AFC Championship game ended up being between the Patriots and Broncos anyways, some of these teams got close to upsetting the two AFC powers. This season could we see some more teams like the Colts, Bengals or Chiefs? I’m not so sure.

All three of those above mentioned teams will likely regress some this season, especially the Chiefs and Bengals. The Colts may still be pretty good, but will they have enough to challenge the Pats or Broncos? Both Denver and New England got a lot better this offseason, while the rest of the AFC looks like a stand still.

Could any of the non-playoff teams from the AFC improve enough this offseason to challenge the two favorites? A team like the Steelers look really improved this season, but will they be enough? I’m not sold. I think we will see a rematch of the AFC Title game this season as well.


Are the 49ers ready to win a Super Bowl?
After watching their archrivals win a Super Bowl, the 49ers have done everything within their power to try and usurp the Seahawks from the divisional crown this season. It won’t be easy but the 49ers look poised to finally breakthrough this season if they can stay healthy. The Seahawks have lost a lot from their Super Bowl champion team, and even though the NFC West is still one of the league’s best divisions, if the Niners stay healthy, they could win this division.

The next question will be can they win the conference, and
even with the NFC stacked, it looks as if they could. Their defense should still be pretty good, and their offense might be one of the better ones in the NFC. It will take a breakout performance from Colin Kaepernick, as well as lots of good health, but a Super Bowl appearance is absolutely possible for San Francisco.


Can teams with new coaches make the playoffs?
There are several teams with new head coaches, and there are even a few of them that might be good enough to make the playoffs this season. One of those teams could be the Redskins. With Jay Gruden coming in, this offense should bounce back from a horrible 2013. Along with a seemingly healthy Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ additions of Gruden and DeSean Jackson should go a long way. Jordan Reed is another member of that offense that should have a big season, and with their defense healthy, this team looks like they have a chance to triple their win total from a season ago.

Another team that’s flying under the radar would bethe Bucs in Tampa. They may have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and even though they don’t have a quarterback, if they can get just solid play from that position, this team could be back to .500 easily this season. Although that may not be enough to make the playoffs, I expect them to at least compete for a wildcard spot this year in the NFC.

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