Way Too Early, Bold Predictions for 2019-2020 NFL

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:09 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 6:09 PM UTC

In this post we look at a few teams that are striking an attractive pose in Super Bowl 54 markets and serve up some of our bold, way too early predictions for NFL bettors and their Super Bowl picks.

Top-rated NFL sportsbooks continue to favour the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 54 futures betting markets as one of the top contenders, if not the top altogether. Pinnacle has the shortest price tag at +619 while BetOnline serves up the Pats at +800. It’s no surprise bookmakers would take such a stance –even with the recent announcement of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. Belichick and Brady have fashioned a dynasty in Boston like no other previously seen in the NFL.

Their recent Super Bowl victory marked their sixth title in franchise history and their 11th overall traipse into the coveted ultimate championship game. It’s worth also adding that the latest victory marked their second in three consecutive treks to Super Bowl. Naysayers point to age –both Brady (41) and Belichick (66) are getting up there. Drumming up all sorts of conventional arguments about father time catching up to the pair. Heck, those arguments were trotted out at the start of the 2018-2019 season, but didn’t the pair put paid on those notions.

Indeed, if there were ever a poster child for the old maxim ‘aging like fine wine’, Brady and Belichick are top ballot.

In any event, this post is not about waxing lyrical over the New England Patriots, nor is it about predicting when their dynasty might fade into oblivion. Let’s face it, it’s bound to happen eventually. Nothing goes on forever.

Here it’s about shedding light on some of the up-and-comers in the NFL betting markets and predict which is legitimate, which is on the rise and which –shocker of shocks – might bet set to tumble.

Kansas City Chiefs Legitimate Contenders

Depending on your choice top-rated sportsbook the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the top favourites for Super Bowl 54, if not the top favourite. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid have something of the Brady-Belichick chemistry going that has many NFL bettors spotting the Chiefs on their early NFL picks.

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Consider that Mahomes isn’t a one-hit wonder. He’s the real deal and he showed it last season. Then there is the long-time coach Andy Reid, who has accomplished stellar results for the franchise, mainly fashioning winning seasons of 9-7 SU or better since his induction. This sort of a record points to a system that works and perpetuates itself. There is every reason to assume that this solid foundation, now in the grips of a legitimate star quarterback can only get better. And if their offensive prowess last term were any indication, this should make a lot of teams nervous.

Cleveland Browns On the Rise

The Cleveland Browns are yet unproven in the NFL, but they are putting together the pieces of a team that looks to be something very special. The potential is there. Their defense is better. Their young quarterback Baker Mayfield has a lot of promise. Now they’ve added Odell Beckham Jr. – whose talent is undeniable but whose focus might be lacking at times (if the organisation can get OBJ to pay more attention to his game rather than his hair, his on-field account rather than his off-field distractions) – their offense could be a strong contender. They’ve also picked up Chiefs’ cast-off Kareem Hunt, who has a lot of apologising to do as well as proving his worth and merit for a second chance in the game. It’s perhaps a bit of a stretch to consider the Browns as a smart bet at +1600 to win Super Bowl 54, but there is no denying they do merit such short odds.

Los Angeles Rams Could Tumble in 2019-2020

Suppose an appearance in Super Bowl 53 warrants consideration for the upcoming season. Rams have the complete team from top-to-bottom and a coach that has set a new trend in the NFL to bring down the average age of the coaching staff. As such, they do warrant consideration for your NFL picks.

That said, what might go against the Rams is historical trends. The onerous responsibility of repeating their previous season. Making successive trips into the Super Bowl is no mean feat; almost the exclusive territory of the New England Patriots, who are in a league of their own. It’s rare especially with a young quarterback to go back-to-back in the NFL, which means the Rams have their work cut out for them in 2019-2020 and to come good on their +1000 NFL odds.

Keep in mind, they’ve added Blake Bortles as their backup to Jeff Goff; meaning a bet on the Rams is essentially by process of elimination a bet on Bortles. In fact, the Rams have seen their NFL odds fatten in Super Bowl betting ever since the news of Bortles’ signing.

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