While the start of the 2021 NFL season is still a few months from going down, it’s never too soon to start making football betting preparations for any new campaign. With that thought in mind, let’s get to my top five NFL teams to top their respective 2021 win total odds so you can start planning your bets against their NFL Team Totals.
NFL Betting Odds Analysis – The Top 5 Picks to Top Their 2021 Win Total Odds
The New Orleans Saints will be without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for the first time since they signed the game’s most accurate signal-caller way back in 2006. Can New Orleans reach the double-digit win mark after doing so in each of the last four seasons and nine times in Brees’ 15-year stint with the franchise?
Russell Wilson is back under center in Seattle after making a bunch of noise in the offseason about possible wanting to bolt the only NFL franchise he’s ever known? Can the Seahawks get past all the drama to reach an 11-win mark they’ve managed to post in five of Wilson’s nine seasons in the Great Northwest?
And speaking of drama…will Deshaun Watson be under center when the Texans open the 2021 regular season. If he is, are the Texans a lock to reach six wins? If Watson is forced to miss games, could Houston still reach a half-dozen victories?
New Orleans Saints 9.5
The Saints might be without Drew Brees, but I’m banking on former No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston to beat out the far more limited Taysom Hill for the starting job once training camp begins. New Orleans shored up its defense by taking a trio of defensive players with its first three picks in the NFL Draft.
New Orleans has a do-it-all superstar in running back Alvin Kamara and added sure-handed tight end Nick Vannett in free agency. Wide receiver Michael Thomas will be out to prove he’s still the best in the business and I believe Sean Payton and a year under Brees, is going to transform Winston into the quarterback that went No. 1 overall in 2015. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay is the only ‘sure thing’ in the NFC South with Carolina in the early stages of a rebuild and Atlanta in search of a new identity. 10 wins sounds doable for New Orleans if you ask me.
Seattle Seahawks 10.5
The Seahawks have never had a losing season with Russell Wilson under center since 2012 and I don’t expect that to happen in 2021 either. Seattle singed veteran defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and guard Kyle Fuller to deals that will help improve both lines. The Seahawks made the most of only three draft picks by selecting speedy Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown and Florida tackle Stone Forsythe.
San Francisco is reloaded and the LA Rams have Matthew Stafford under center in place of Jared Goff. Arizona will look to improve on its 8-8 mark from a year ago, but overall, I don’t see any team necessarily standing head and shoulders above anyone else in the loaded NFC West. With one extra game coming in 2021, I think Seattle is a near lock to record 11 victories.
Tennessee Titans 10.5
The Houston Texans could be in trouble if Deshaun Watson misses too many games and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be better right off the bat in Year 1 of the Urban Meyer/Trevor Lawrence era. However, I don’t think anyone knows what to expect out of Carson Wentz in his first year with the Colts and that leaves Tennessee as the sure-fire division winner and near lock to record 11 wins in 2021.
Tennessee has recorded five consecutive winning seasons while going 11-5 last season. All of the Titans main players are back, including NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry. Tennessee made some nice draft additions by selecting Virginia tech cornerback Caleb Farley 22nd overall before nabbing North Dakota State tackle Dillon Radunz in the second round and two more defensive players with their next two picks. As it stands right now, I’ve got the Titans recording at least four division wins en route to an 11-win campaign in 2021.
Minnesota Vikings 8.5
The first thing you should know is that Minnesota has recorded a double-digit winning campaign in each odd numbered year since 215. After going an uninspiring 7-9 last season, that means the Vikings are due to record at least 10 wins in 2021. Minnesota selected Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrishaw with the 23rd overall pick before selecting Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in the third round. The Vikings added veteran cornerback Patrick Patterson, linebacker Nick Vigil and center Mason Cole in free agency.
I’m expecting head coach Mike Zimmer to field another strong defense in 2021 after Minnesota floundered badly on that side of the ball. Detroit isn’t going to be very good with Jared Goff replacing Matthew Stafford and no one knows when Justin Fields will be ready to start in Chicago. Green Bay, could move on from future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but even if they don’t, Minnesota looks just good enough to get to 10 wins in 2021 if you ask me.
Atlanta Falcons 7
The Falcons floundered big-time by going 4-12 a year ago, but there are plenty of reasons to believe Atlanta can bounce back in 2021. First, quarterback Matt Ryan still looks solid under center. More importantly, the Falcons added supremely gifted tight end Kyle Pitts with the fourth overall pick in the draft and that alone will help the Falcons’ offense immensely. Atlanta added a safety, two offensive linemen, a linebacker, defensive tackle and and pair of cornerbacks in the draft.
The Falcons also made a series of free agent additions including linebackers Brandon Copeland and Barkevious Mingoto. Reaching the 8-win mark might look like a huge leap considering the fact that Atlanta won only four games last season, but I like the Falcons to finish one game under .500 in the 17-game 2021 campaign to top their win total odds.
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