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NFL Betting Update 

There’s no question which teams are likely to make a push and lead the way in this season’s Super Bowl betting. Perennial contenders like the Kansas City Chiefs (+450) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+650) are the runaway favourites to battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy yet again at Super Bowl LVI. But any football bettor will tell you that the real excitement lies in predicting which clubs will cover narrow spreads week in and week out – that’s a true test of a players’ knowledge of the game and how to capitalize on the NFL odds

With that, we’d like to share our early insight into which clubs we believe could move up the NFL betting power rankings this season. In addition, we’ll walk you through the early-season MVP favourites, so you can make the most of the early MVP futures. We’ll update both the power rankings as well as MVP favourites throughout the season, so continue to check back for the latest and greatest. 

NFL Betting Power Rankings – September 

Miami Dolphins 

Along with Buffalo, the Dolphins were the toast of the league in 2020-21 against the spread. At 11-5 ATS last season, spreads may begin to reflect Miami and Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence this year. But expect some soft spreads early on until Tagovailoa proves himself as a top-tier QB in the NFL. 

Detroit Lions

There’s a great deal of uncertainty in Michigan this season. But instead of concern over a rather weak defensive core, like in past seasons, it’ll be centered around newcomer Jared Goff. While Goff certainly doesn’t have the skillset of his predecessor Matthew Stafford, he knows how to manage a game, mitigate risk and keep the score close. Combined with that, the Lions’ defense is expected to see some improvements. We’re expecting lots of close games out of Detroit, even if it doesn’t translate into straight up wins. 

 

New York Jets

The Jets are in the early stages of their rebuild after a false start with Sam Darnold. But early signs suggest No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson is the real deal, so it looks like Robert Saleh will put in the hard work required to turn this franchise around. That makes for a tough year ahead, but in that, you will find some very lopsided spreads ripe with opportunity.

Houston Texans

The Texans are the unanimous pick among prognosticators as the worst team heading into the 2021-22 season, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have betting value on NFL power rankings. While they’re expected to win only about five games this season primarily because of the legal debacle that Deshaun Watson is going through, this is exactly the opportunity that Tyrod Taylor has been waiting for. If he can seize it, the Texans will be among the top clubs for beating the spread this year.  

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are now officially Jalen Hurts’ team. After some wild antics to conclude the season last year, the Eagles have moved on from Doug Peterson and have handed the keys to Nick Sirianni. Philadelphia still has several high-end players and will benefit from playing the likes of the Giants and Washington to improve their lot. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Big things are expected of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville. That doesn’t mean the Jags will compete for a playoff spot this season, but a talented receiving core should make for some thrilling games out of Florida and some close games as a result. Expect the Jags to cover more often than not this season. 

 

Carolina Panthers

As Christian McCaffrey goes, so do the Panthers. But with reclamation project Sam Darnold now in the fold and the Panthers taking strides to improve their offensive line, McCaffrey may be poised for his best season to date. Expectations from Darnold are rock-bottom, however, so you should be able to capitalize on some early-season spreads that reflect a lack of trust in the young QB. 

 

Denver Broncos

Last season was one to forget for the Denver Broncos, but savvy bettors still managed to have a profitable year when they took Denver to cover. They managed a 9-7 ATS record on the backs of their defensive unit, and we’ll expect much of the same this season. Drew Lock should take another step forward this year as well, likely improving upon their 5-11 SU record from last season.  

Cincinnati Bengals

It’s difficult to shake the stigma of the Bengals and their woes over the past five seasons. But a year of experience is exactly what No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow needed, so we’re expecting the Heisman winner to break out in a big way in 2021-22. Even with a horrendous 4-11 SU record last year, the Bengals were still a profitable 9-7 ATS. 

 

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders were a hard team to read last season. They looked like the worst team in the league at certain points last year, but also managed to be relevant at the end of the season. They’ll once again rely on the heroics of Derek Carr to have a productive year. 

Odds to Win 2021-22 NFL MVP  

Patrick Mahomes +500

Each year, the NFL MVP award seems to be Patrick Mahomes’ to lose. Once again, he leads the pack heading into Week 1.  

Josh Allen +900

Many expect this to be Josh Allen’s year to enter the conversation of the NFL’s top QB. He has the skillset, but sometimes lacks the decision-making. With experience, he will only get better, and now he has the contract to back it up. 

Aaron Rodgers +1000

Last year’s league MVP is a bit of steal at +1000. Rodgers has become a lightning rod in Green Bay, so he’ll be eager to once again prove himself as the league’s best. 

Kyler Murray +1400

Murray has made steady strides in each of his years as a professional. With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals’ receiving core, Murray is poised for a massive passing season. 

Russell Wilson +1400

Russell Wilson is always among the favourites to win the league MVP, but has yet to do so despite his Hall of Fame statistics. With an improved O-line this year, Wilson may finally break the ice. 

Tom Brady +1400

What else is there for Tom Brady to do? He’s the GOAT, so he must always be considered for MVP, even at the ripe age of 44.

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*Odds as of September 10th, 2021

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