We continue our coverage of the schedule release in the NFL, it’s time to take a look at some teams NFL odds & how the've been hurt by their schedule. Here's 3 teams movement in their season totals.
The Steelers were looking like a pretty good NFL pick to come and challenge for the AFC North Division. However the news that they’ll be without their star running back to start the season, then their brutal schedule release has sent their NFL Future Odds down some. Their season win total as well has seen some movement. Even though they are still sitting at 8 ½ wins, the chalk has changed some from when it opened. Out of all 32 teams in the NFL, the Steelers have the toughest strength of schedule in the entire NFL. Their opponents had a combined record of 147-107-2, and the tough starts right off the bat with a trip to New England on opening night. I wouldn’t be too confident in betting the over on the Steelers win total this season.
San Francisco 49ers
Speaking of tough strength of schedules, the 49ers have the third best strength of schedule, and in a division that’s just getting better, and after gutting their team and coaching staff, the 49ers’ season win total must be affected. However they are still at eight wins, and meeting those expectations might be farfetched for the Niners this season. Having to play the Seahawks, Rams and Cardinals six times out of the year, as well as the NFC and AFC North Divisions, that’s a brutal schedule. I can’t see them getting above seven wins this season. With the exception of games against the Vikings, Falcons and Browns, this team doesn’t have many games you can look at and feel confident they will win.
New Orleans Saints
This one isn’t much, but the Saints schedule could have some impact on their season win totals. Even though they don’t have a tough strength of schedule, nor do they play in a very tough division, the Saints have a season win total of nine this season, and it’s tough to make the argument for ten wins for this team. The Falcons are going to be a lot better this season, and so should the Panthers according to NFL odds. Plus a rough start to their schedule may make getting to ten wins tough. They open the season at Arizona, then after games against Tampa and Carolina, they have a stretch where they play the Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Colts and Giants. That stretch is a really tough one in an otherwise softer schedule, and if they don’t take care of business, they could find themselves 3-6 by the halfway point. While their schedule does ease up some in the second half and after their bye week, if they don’t start out the year hot, ten wins may be a stretch.