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2019 NFL Update

The October 29 trade deadline is fast approaching and that signals a mid-season check-in on the state of the National Football League. It’s been a predictable first half in some ways, as the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots continue to be the gold standard in the league. They’re one of two undefeated teams and are loading up for another run at the Vince Lombardi Trophy in what could be Tom Brady’s final year in Massachusetts. In other ways, this fall has caught NFL fans and bettors by surprise; we’ve watched the San Francisco 49ers explode onto the scene at 6-0 and insert themselves into the NFL Vegas odds discussion, while also witnessing perennial contenders like the Los Angeles Rams (+1800) and Chicago Bears (+4000) fall from grace. 

We’ll walk through the top-five favourites on the NFL betting lines, so you’ll have all of the information needed as we enter the second half of the football season. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a thrilling ride to the finish as teams grapple for top spot in the standings and on the Super Bowl odds board.

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To no one’s surprise, the New England Patriots got a head start on the trade deadline when they acquired WR Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons this week. Sanu (313 receiving yards) figures to slot in as an inside target alongside Julian Edelman in a move that further solidifies the Pats’ position at the top of the NFL lines. But who represents the greatest threat to New England’s quest for a fourth Super Bowl in six years? Any of the other teams in this list have a good shot at dethroning the champs.

New England Patriots +240 NFL Odds

Improving their offensive weapons hasn’t been something the Pats have had to focus on in years past. But with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, and WR Josh Gordon (287 receiving yards) not being the threat the team hoped he would be, the Patriots’ receiving corps is in need of work. They’re hoping Sanu is the solution. Another need is at running back, as Sony Michel (390 rushing yards) has struggled in his second year of service. 

Despite those deficiencies, the Patriots have been utterly dominant this season due to their league-best defense, which surrenders just 6.9 points per game. S Devin McCourty (5 interceptions) has paced a Patriots’ defensive corps that leads the NFL in takeaways (22). It’s New England’s championship to lose at this point.

New Orleans Saints +550 NFL Odds

The New Orleans Saints have managed to weather an injury to their team captain and offensive heartbeat Drew Brees, who has been out since Week 2 with a thumb injury. It appears as though Brees is healthy enough to get back on the field for their Week 8 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, so we can expect an already dangerous Saints team to get even better with Brees under centre. At 6-1, the Saints have a stranglehold on the NFC South and look poised to represent the NFC at Super Bowl LIV.

Green Bay Packers +900 NFL Odds

Matt LaFleur’s debut season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers is paying immediate dividends. Green Bay has been a sub-.500 team for the past two years, but with LaFleur calling the plays, and Aaron Rodgers at full health, the Packers appear to be ready to contend for the first time since 2016. The Minnesota Vikings (+1800) are hot on their heels in the NFC North, so the second half of the season will reveal whether Green Bay are truly Super Bowl threats.

Kansas City Chiefs +950 NFL Odds

An injury to Patrick Mahomes (knee) may be a blessing in disguise for the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ve come to rely on Mahomes’ dynamic playmaking ability at the expense of other parts of their game. They rank eighth-last in the rushing attack (82.3 yards per game) with LeSean McCoy (322 rushing yards) showing his age as a 31-year-old, and while the Chiefs’ D has been marginally better than last year (21.4 points against per game this season), they’re still in the middle of the pack in that regard. All parts of the Chiefs’ roster will need to improve if Mahomes misses any time at all, and it may just be the challenge they need to take the next step as a team. 

San Francisco 49ers +1000 NFL Odds

San Francisco has been winning by playing hard-nosed football up to this point in the season. Their second-ranked defense allows a miniscule 10.7 points per game, and the RB trio of Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman has pushed the 49ers to second in the NFL with an average of 172.7 rushing yards per game. The acquisition of WR Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos gives Jimmy Garoppolo an immediate receiving upgrade, so look for the 49ers’ offense to take another step in the second half.

*Odds as of November 15, 2019

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