OddsUSA’s NFL Best Bets for Week 12: A Young Buck vs. the Old G.O.A.T

Happy Wednesday football fans and welcome back to our weekly edition of best picks for the upcoming slate of NFL games. Last week, I predicted close wins for the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, I picked that the Steelers would win big.

The Chiefs edged the Las Vegas Raiders by a 35-31 margin, while the Steelers beat up the Jacksonville Jaguars to the tune of 27-3. Unfortunately, the Packers prevented me from earning a perfect week as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts 34-31 despite leading by a 28-14 margin at halftime.

On the heels of another 2-1 week, my record stands at 25-7. Not too shabby, but I’m still somewhat disappointed because I was so close to a 3-0 week. Now that I’m done ranting a bit, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 12.

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I have to admit not having the defending champs as my absolute safest pick feels a bit strange, to say the least. Out of all the times I’ve gone with KC this season, this is the slimmest point spread, which makes me a little bit hesitant.

On the other hand, as is the case with most matchups, I’m going to ride the hot hand. And although the Chiefs needed a late-game scoring drive to edge the Raiders, they have won five straight since a 40-32 loss in Week 5 against, you guessed it, the Las Vegas Raiders. That being said, I’m going to go with the reigning champs to push their win streak to six games.

James’ pick: Chiefs win by less than a field goal

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 2: Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Philadelphia Eagles

The Seattle Seahawks have dropped two of their previous three and three of their last five games overall following a 5-0 start. Furthermore, while the Seahawks are a formidable home team, they are just 2-3 on the road.

On the other side of the coin, the Eagles are in first place in the NFC East. But don’t be deceived as they are 3-6 -1 in the worst division in the NFL. Given the fact that the Eagles have dropped their last two games, scoring 17 points in both contests, they won’t be able to keep up with one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.

James’ pick: Seahawks win by a field goal

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

Yes, the Packers squandered a golden opportunity despite jumping out to a 14-point lead against one of the better defensive units in the league. Yes, they did keep me from posting a perfect mark in Week 11.

However, there are a few reasons why Aaron Rodgers and Co. are my safe pick this time around. As a guy that was born and raised in the Windy City, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the Bears this season. Sure, they got off to a 5-1 start. However, that proved to be fool’s gold as they have dropped their last four games.

Meanwhile, the Packers are 3-3 in their last six games following a 4-0 start. When it comes to the Bears, though, betting against the green and gold would not be a good call. Not only are the Packers the better team this season, they always seem to be the better team when these rivals square off.

In fact, dating back to 2015, the Packers have won eight of the previous 10 meetings between these two teams. While the Bears’ defense has played well, they continue to struggle on offense. Having said that, look for the Packers’ dominance to continue against their division rival. At the same time, I’m a bit cautious about the point spread given the fact that their margin of victory exceeded 10 points just twice in those eight wins.

James’ pick: Packers win outright in a close one

2021 NFL Super Bowl Odds: Prepare for Mahomes vs. Lamar

By: James Tillman

Greetings and salutations football fans. Welcome back to our weekly look at the teams in the running to win it all in 2021. Following Week 1, the teams that were in the running for the title of championship contenders from a betting standpoint included the New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, and the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Were these teams able to hold on to their respective positions or did were they bumped off the list? So, without further ado, here’s a look at the three teams with the best Super Bowl odds.

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: New Orleans Saints (+1100). Last Week’s Odds (+1000)

The New Orleans Saints finished with one of the best records in the NFC in 2019. And they also won their season opener as well. Unfortunately, they came up a bit short against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2. Despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, the Raiders manage to tie the game at 17 going into halftime.

Furthermore, the Raiders held the Saints to just seven points the rest of the way en route to a somewhat surprising 34-24 victory. Although the Saints didn’t fare too well against a team that didn’t make it to the playoffs last season, they should still be expected to contend for a postseason berth when it’s said and done.

Second-Best NFL Super Bowl Odds: Kansas City Chiefs (+500). Last Week’s Odds (No Change)

The Kansas City Chiefs overcame an early deficit against the Houston Texans in Week 1. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s not the first time this squad has fallen behind early before going on to win the game. Following a 34-20 victory over the Houston Texans, the Chiefs were given all they could handle against the Los Angeles Chargers.

In this contest, the Chiefs were down 17-9 before outscoring the Chargers 11-3 in the fourth quarter, sending the two teams into an overtime period. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker would play the role of hero in this one, converting the game-winning 58-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the extra session, giving Kansas City a 23-20 victory. Given the fact they are the defending champions, look for the Chiefs to be in the running all season long.

Best NFL 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Baltimore Ravens (+500). Last Week’s Odds (No Change)

The Baltimore Ravens concluded the 2019 NFL season with 12 consecutive wins. For obvious reasons that fact gets lost in the shuffle when you flame out in the postseason. After steamrolling over the Cleveland Browns to the tune of 38-6 in their season opener, the Ravens took on the Texans in Week 2.

While the Texans put up more of a fight than the Browns did (as expected), the Ravens won the game by a 33-16 margin. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson completed 18 of his 24 passes for 204 yards, including one touchdown. The victory gave the Ravens their 14th straight regular-season victory and the longest such winning streak since the Carolina Panthers accomplished the feat back in 2014-15.

The Ravens and Chiefs are two of the best football teams in the AFC and it would be fitting if these two powerhouses met in the playoffs with a chance to play for the Super Bowl on the line.

Week 3 NFL MVP Odds: Let. Russ. Cook

By: James Tillman

We are now two weeks through the current NFL season and the race for league MVP is in full swing. In 2018, Patrick Mahomes came away with the prestigious hardware. Last season, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award after guiding his team to the best record in the league.

That said, it was only fitting that those two were ranked one and two in the MVP race. Did that trend continue or did a few other names make their way onto the list? Here’s a look at the players with the best odds to win the MVP award based on their performances from Week 2.

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Patrick Mahomes (+500), Last Week’s Odds (+300)

Patrick Mahomes is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he and the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. And following a three-touchdown, 211-yard outing in a 34-20 win against the Houston Texans, Mahomes had the best MVP odds. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, though, the Chiefs narrowly escaped with a 23-20 win.

In that contest, Mahomes failed to complete less than half of his pass attempts in the first half before finishing 27-for-47 for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While Mahomes may have dropped to the bottom of the list, chances are he won’t stay there for long.

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Lamar Jackson (+500), Last Week’s Odds (No Change)

For the second straight week, Lamar Jackson comes in at the No. 2 spot on our list. Although he didn’t put up the same numbers as he did in the season opener (completed 20 of 25 passes, 275 yards, and three scores), Jackson still had a decent outing. He threw for 204 yards, including one touchdown pass to go along with 54 yards on the ground.

Thanks to having one of the best backfields in the league, the Ravens went on to beat the Texans 33-16, extending their regular-season winning streak to 14 games – the longest in the NFL since Carolina won 18 consecutive games in 2014-15.

Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+300), Last Week’s Odds (+600)

Welcome to the top of the list, Mr. Wilson. A week ago, Wilson was No. 3 on the MVP odds list but has catapulted to the top spot. In Week 2, Wilson and the Seahawks squared off against Cam Newton and the New England Patriots. Just like the Super Bowl game between these two teams a few years ago, the outcome wasn’t decided until the last play.

The Patriots had the ball on the one-yard line and Cam Newton attempted to run the ball but was stopped short of the endzone, allowing the Seahawks to escape with a 35-30 victory. Russell continued his hot start to the season, completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns. It was the fourth time in his career in which he has thrown five TD passes in a game. Last week, I stated that the MVP was a two-man race, but Wilson is quickly showing why he deserves to be in the conversation as well.

Best Picks for Week 3 of 2020 NFL Season

By: James Tillman

Welcome back to our best picks for Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season. In Week 2, I predicted that the Green Bay Packers would knock off the Detroit Lions in an NFC North divisional showdown. I also predicted that the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans would win their games as well.

On the heels of a perfect 3-0 week, my overall record on the season has improved to 4-1. Hopefully, that trend will continue this week. In any case, here’s a look at some of the best bets for Week 3.

Since the upcoming week features a few marquee names at the quarterback position, I’m going to attempt to pick the winner in those two contests before offering my sure bet of the week.

Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints (-3)

Both teams had pretty good seasons in 2019. Additionally, both teams feature future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. The Packers come into this matchup at 2-0, after knocking the Minnesota Vikings 43-34 in the season opener and blowing out the Detroit Lions 42-21 in Week 2.

Meanwhile, the Saints are coming off a somewhat surprising 34-24 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. Although both quarterbacks can put up 300-yard games in their sleep, with the top wideout targets out on both sides – Davante Adams for Green Bay and Michael Thomas for the Saints — the rushing game could play an integral role in who comes out on top here.

While the Saints are favored by three points, I’m going to go with my gut and pick the Packers. The reason behind this pick is because Green Bay leads the league in total offense (1,010 yards) and they have the most rushing yards of any team in the league (417) and they’re averaging 42.5 points per contest – which is also the best mark in the NFL.

James’ Pick: Packers +3

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens (-3)

This is the game of the week, and it isn’t even close. These are the two teams that everyone expected to see in the AFC championship game last season, but it wasn’t in the cards as the Ravens were upended by the Tennessee Titans in the divisional playoff round. Although the stakes aren’t as high compared with that of a postseason contest, there will be plenty of fireworks considering that you have two quarterbacks that bring a lot to the table from both sides.

Patrick Mahomes makes difficult throws look easy and can kill an opponent with big plays or via a methodical approach of short passes, as he did against the Chargers last week. On the other side, you have Lamar Jackson who won the MVP award last season. Need I say more?

Jackson has proven to be one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league through the air and on the ground as well. My concern about the champs is they are playing their second road game in as many weeks and their offense hasn’t exactly been a thing of beauty through the first two weeks. Still, this is the game that the Chiefs’ offense will take center stage in a close win.

James’ Pick: Chiefs +3

Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-4)

The Houston Texans have had their struggles this season. Not only are they 0-2, but both losses have been by double-digit margins. On the other side of this matchup, you have a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is 2-0, even if they didn’t look overly impressive in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos last week.

After missing all but two games last season, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been playing well, having thrown for 540 yards, five touchdowns (against one interception) and he has a passer rating of 107.1. Given the fact that the Texans haven’t had much success against the run or pass, look for Big Ben to have a field day against Houston’s defense. Not only will the Steelers win the game, but they will also exceed the four-point spread.

James’ Pick: Steelers -4

NFL 2021 SUPER BOWL ODDS: Mahomes or Lamar, Chiefs or Ravens?

By: James Tillman

Happy Wednesday NFL fans. With everything that has been going on in the world over the past several months, I’m sure you more than happy that your favorite sport is in full swing. The 2019 NFL season concluded with the Kansas City Chiefs overcoming a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to win their first championship in 50 years.

As is the case when a team wins a championship, the media begins posing the question as to whether the champion can repeat next season. While one week is certainly too early to start that discussion, the defending champions did kick off their 2020 season on a high note (more on that in a bit) but there a few other teams that could make some noise this year as well.

So, without further ado, let’s look at the top three teams who are the odds-on favorites to win the 2021 Super Bowl (according to Unibet).

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: New Orleans Saints (+1000)

The New Orleans Saints were coming off a season in which they went 13-3. This was the third straight season that they had won at least 11 games. Unfortunately, they were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.

That said, you can imagine that this ball club was anxious to get the season off to a good start. The Saints’ opponent in Week 1 was none other than Tom Brady and the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers – a matchup between the two leading passers in NFL history. Although the Buccaneers marched down the field on their first drive of the game, the Saints’ defense forced them to come up empty on their next five possessions.

And despite a somewhat mediocre outing from Drew Brees (18-for-30, 160 yards), the Saints scored 17 points off three Tampa Bay miscues en route to a 34-23 victory and they were the only team in their division (NFC South) to win its opening game.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: Baltimore Ravens (+500)

The Baltimore Ravens finished 2019 with the best record in the NFL, going 14-2. However, their postseason run was abruptly ended by the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Looking to prove that their success from a year ago was not a fluke, the Ravens kicked off their season by whooping on the Cleveland Browns to the tune of 38-6. Reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards. He also ran for a team-leading 45 yards. So, for those of us who are tempted to crown the Chiefs as champs again, the Ravens are showing that it’s not wise to count them out.

Best Super-Bowl Odds: Kansas City Chiefs (+500)

On the heels of a season that saw them win their first title in five decades, the Kansas City Chiefs faced a familiar foe in Week 1 – the Houston Texans. These teams met in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. In that contest, the Texans jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. Kansas City not only erased that 24-point deficit, but they also went on to win that game by a 51-31 margin.

So, what happened when these two teams faced off once again? Well, it was more of the same. The Texans jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before the Chiefs rattled off 31 consecutive points. Houston added two late touchdowns to make the final margin respectable, but Kansas City came away with a 34-20 victory.

Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 32 passes for 211 yards and three scores. And on the defensive side of the ball, Kansas City sacked Deshaun Watson four times. Again, titles aren’t won in one game, but the Chiefs sure played like a team looking to successfully defend its title.

2020 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Betting Preview: Are the Heat Too Hot for the Celtics?

By: James Tillman

What’s up NBA fans? We have a not so conventional Eastern Conference finals matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. Before we discuss the two ball clubs vying for a spot in the NBA Finals, we will look back at how both teams got to this point.

As you know, the Milwaukee Bucks finished with the best record in the NBA for the second straight season. Not only that, they were the best defensive team in the league as well. However, it wasn’t enough to prevent them from being knocked off by the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals in five games.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors finished with the second-best record in the eastern conference despite missing several key rotational players during the season. Although they gave the Celtics all they could handle, they eventually fell short in seven games, thus setting up the conference finals matchup we have before us.

Eastern Conference Finals Betting Preview: Defense Will be the Key to the East

Although today’s game is geared toward how well teams perform from an offensive standpoint, I’m going to break down how both teams have performed on the defensive end of the court. First, we’ll look at the Celtics. During the team’s seven-game set against the Raptors, they held the Raptors to 45 percent shooting or less in six of those seven games.

Additionally, the Celtics are allowing 100 points per contest, which is the top mark in the league during the postseason. Furthermore, Boston is limiting opponents to 40.5 percent shooting from the floor and a stingy 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. As you probably guessed, they lead the league in these categories as well.

Now, let’s discuss what Miami has been doing during the postseason. For starters, the team is second in scoring defense, yielding 103.7 points per contest. The Heat are ranked sixth in opponent overall shooting (44.5 percent) and fifth in opponent shooting from 3-point range (34.8 percent).

 Miami held the top-seeded Bucks to 43.5 percent shooting or less in three of the five games and the team is ranked fourth in steals with eight per game. Simply put, this series has the potential to be a defensive gem and it wouldn’t be surprise if both teams struggle to top the century mark on a nightly basis.

Both teams have multiple players that can step up at any given moment. With that in mind, one of the keys to this series will be whether the Heat (who are ranked second in 3-point shooting in the postseason) can be efficient against the Celtics’ top-rated defense against the long ball. If Miami can continue to play at the level it has played at through the first two rounds, they will win the series in six or seven games, but the margin of victory from game to game will be no more than five to seven points for either team.

(Editors Note: The Heat are up 1-0 in the series after a come-from-behind 117-114 OT victory in Game 1 on Tuesday Night)

Best Against the Spread Picks for Week 1

By: James Tillman 

James Tillman’s NFL Best Bets for Week 1

Are you ready for some football? Those are the six words that mean that the upcoming football season is right around the corner. For obvious reasons, this is big-time news for NFL fans. The big game that took place back in February saw the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco led by a double-digit margin in the final frame.  

But as they had done several times before, the Chiefs managed to overcome that advantage en route to winning the team’s first Super Bowl title in five decades. Was this win the beginning of the next NFL dynasty, or will someone challenge the champions during the 2020 NFL season? But before we start getting too far ahead of ourselves here, let’s take a look at our best pick(s) for Week 1. 

NFL Best Bet ATS for Week 1, No. 1: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers (-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals 

For our first sure pick, we have a matchup between two division rivals. Last season, the 49ers finished with one of the best records in the league at 13-3. Additionally, the 49ers had the fourth-best offense in the NFL, totaling 381.1 yards per game and they also had the second-best defense in the league as well, giving up just 281.8 yards per outing.  

Meanwhile, the Cardinals finished last in the NFC West at 5-10. Along with that, the Cardinals had the 21st-best offense in the NFL and finished dead last in total yards allowed per game at 402. Based on the numbers, the 49ers should not only win this game, but they should also cover the spread as well.  

NFL Best Bet ATS for Week 1, No. 2: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-9) 

Ironically, these two teams faced off in last year’s AFC divisional playoffs. In that contest, the Houston Texans were rolling early as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Texans, that three-score lead would not hold up. In fact, the Chiefs erased the huge deficit thanks to scoring 41 consecutive points.  

And when it was all said and done, the Chiefs ended up winning the game by a 51-31 margin. It was the biggest comeback win in franchise history. While the Texans should prove to be a formidable opponent for the defending champs, look for the Chiefs to get the better of their opponent this time around as well and start the season off on a high note and win by double-digits.

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds

By: James Tillman 

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Count on Cam?

In 2019, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Tennessee Titans. He was slated to be the backup behind Marcus Mariota. However, after the Titans got off to a 2-4 start, the team decided to turn over the keys to Tannehill and he did not disappoint. He threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He completed 70.3 percent of his passes during the regular season, had a league-best 9.6 yards per pass attempt and he led the NFL with a 117.5 passer rating.  

On the heels of Tannehill’s play, the Titans grabbed the No. 6 seed. They went on to knock off Tom Brady and the Patriots and the top-seeded Ravens before coming up short against the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. Needless to say, Tannehill was an easy choice for the Comeback Player of the Year last season. Which players have the best odds to win the award for the 2020 NFL season? Here’s a look at the top three players in the running according to Unibet.  

Third-Best Comeback Player of the Year Odds: J.J. Watt (+700)

J.J. Watt entered the NFL in 2011. During his rookie campaign, he recorded 5.5 sacks. However, over the next four seasons, his stock rose considerably. In 2012 and 2013, Watt had 20.5 and 10.5 sacks, respectively. In 2014 and 2015, he had 20.5 and 17.5 sacks. It should not be much of a surprise that he was named the league’s top defensive player three times in his first five seasons. Unfortunately, injuries hampered Watt over the next two seasons (2016 and 2017) as he played a total of just eight games.  

Watt returned to form in 2018, as he recorded 16 sacks – the highest total in the AFC and he led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. Although injuries limited Watt to just eight games in 2019, he returned in time for the playoffs. Based on the numbers he put up when he was healthy, it’s easy to understand why he comes in at the No. 3 spot on the list.  

Second-Best Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Cam Newton (+400)

It wasn’t that long ago when Cam Newton was the top quarterback in the league. During the 2015 campaign, he was named MVP following a season in which threw for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Even more important, the Panthers went 15-1 en route to the team’s second appearance in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Newton and the Panthers came up a bit short against the Denver Broncos 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.  

Newton has started 124 games in his career, posting a 68-55-1 record while completing 59.6% of his passing attempts for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns, 108 interceptions, and an 86.1 passer rating. He also has 4,806 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns. Additionally, during the first eight years of his NFL career, Newton had thrown for at least 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns.  

That streak came to an abrupt end in 2019, as injuries limited him to just two outings. Now that he has signed with the New England Patriots, the former MVP is hoping to turn things around, even though there’s an open competition at the starting quarterback position. If he can stay healthy, Newton has more than an outside shot at winning the Comeback Player of the Year award. 

Top Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Ben Roethlisberger (+300)

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger comes in at the No. 1 spot. Roethlisberger has not played a full 16-game season in five years. And like Newton, he appeared in just two games during the 2019 season and had to undergo elbow surgery. For those of us that may be tempted to think that Big Ben doesn’t have a lot left in the tank, I would caution you to think otherwise.  

In his last full season (2018), he led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards to go along with 34 touchdowns. Both stats were career-highs for the two-time Super Bowl champion. If his level of play is remotely similar to that season, Roethlisberger could help lead the Steelers back to playoff contention as they have failed to reach the postseason in each of the past two seasons.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl 2021 Odds

Super Bowl 2021 Odds (Super Bowl LV Odds) with Tom Brady and Gronk in TB

By: James Tillman 

The New England Patriots were the odds-on favorite to win it all through most of the 2019 NFL season. But despite winning six championships over the past two decades, their postseason run was short and bittersweet, as they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard round of the playoffs.  

Although the Patriots had a great run of success during Tom Brady’s 20 years with the team, the future Hall-of-Famer decided it was time to begin a new chapter in his storied NFL career and he did so by signing a two-year, $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

As if the addition of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game wasn’t enough, the once-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski has opted to come out of retirement and join Brady in Tampa Bay thanks to a trade from New England. After the Brady signing news, the Buccaneers were tied with the fifth-best odds to win it all in 2021. Did Gronkowski joining the fold increase their chances? 

Here’s a look at the latest Unibet odds of the teams in the running to win the big game next year.   

Fifth-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LV Odds (+1200) 

In our previous discussion, the Eagles were tied with the Bucs for the fifth-best Super Bowl odds at +1600. Now the Eagles have dropped out of the top five while the Saints hold the anchor position. The Saints and ageless wonder Drew Bress had another outstanding season, finishing the season at 13-3 behind versatile running back Alvin Kamara and quit epossibly the best receiver in the game in Michael Thomas.  

However, like many on this list, they disappointed in the playoffs, losing a heartbreaker to the visiting Minnesota Vikings (again… on a possibly blown pass interference call; this time of the OPI variety). Many of the sportsbooks think the Saints have a chance to run it back, posting their 2021 Super Bowl odds at +1200. The key to watch for the Saints is what they do with backup quarterback Taysom Hill and his ability to do pretty much anything on the field. Hill is the ultimate wild card and the player that might end up making the difference this season for the Saints.  

Fourth-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl LV Odds (+1100) 

The Bucs finished with a 7-9 record last year and have missed the playoffs in each of the last 12 seasons. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the team’s 28.6 points per outing was the third-highest scoring output in the NFL. Additionally, they had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Chris Godwin (86 receptions, 1,333 yards, and nine touchdowns) and Mike Evans (67 catches, 1,157 yards, and eight touchdowns).  

Taking that talented duo, along with the addition of Rob Gronkowski, look for the Bucs’ offense to be even more potent next season. The Bucs are currently tied with the New Orleans Saints at No. 4 but don’t be surprised if they continue to move up the ladder, especially if they can improve on the defensive side of the ball.  

Third-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl LV Odds (+900)  

The San Francisco 49ers finished with the top overall record in the NFC. They went on to knock off the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the first two rounds of the playoffs en route to their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2013.  

That year they were narrowly defeated by the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. The Niners’ offense had the top rushing attack in the league in 2019. They also had the third-best defense in the league as well. In other words, this squad should be in the mix again barring the loss of any key players during the offseason.  

Second-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl LV Odds (+700)  

The Baltimore Ravens could not have asked for much more during the 2019 campaign. They finished with the league’s best record (14-2) after a 2-2 start. Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the MVP award. Not only that, but the Ravens also finished first overall in offense and second in defense.  

Unfortunately, they came up short in the playoffs, falling to the Tennessee Titans 28-12 in the divisional round. With that in mind, look for the Ravens to play with an added level of motivation next year following a poor showing in the playoffs, as the sportsbooks expect them to be back with +700 Super Bowl odds for 2021.  

Super Bowl 2021 Odds on Favorite : Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LV Odds (+600) 

While Brady and Gronk are now with the Buccaneers, the Kansas City Chiefs still come in with the best odds to win it all in 2021. After finishing last season with the second-best record in the AFC at 12-4, the Chiefs had a postseason run for the ages. In the divisional round against the Houston Texans, not only did they erase a 24-point deficit, they went on to win the game by a 20-point margin (51-31).  

The Titans proved to be a formidable opponent in the conference championship game as they jumped out to a 10-point lead, but it wasn’t enough to prevent KC from coming out on top 35-24. The Chiefs saved their best act for last in the Super Bowl.  

Trailing by double-digits once again, this time with just 6:32 left in the game, the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered, outlasting the 49ers by a 31-20 margin, bringing home the team’s first title in 50 years. Can you say a team of destiny? Considering that the Chiefs are the defending champions and that Patrick Mahomes will continue to get better, this team is deserving of having the best Super Bowl odds for the 2020 season.  

Way Too Early Super Bowl 2021 Odds 

Your Super Bowl 2021 Odds After Tom Brady Chooses Tampa

By: James Tillman 

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were a staple in the NFL. One could say that they were like peanut butter and jelly where one just doesn’t seem right without the other. However, Brady and Patriots were defeated in the wildcard round of this year’s playoffs by the Tennessee Titans.  

Despite testing the free-agency market, the consensus was that Brady and Patriots would be an item again going into the 2020 NFL season. Much to the surprise of everyone, Brady ended his 20-year run with the Patriots and signed a two-year, $50 million deal (all guaranteed) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Did the addition of TB-12 improve Tampa Bay’s chances of competing for the Super Bowl next season? 

Here’s a look at the teams with the best odds of winning it all in 2021. 

Fifth-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1600) 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have missed the playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons. No, that is not a misprint. Although they finished at 7-9 in 2019, there are couple of noteworthy items worth discussing. For starters, the Buccaneers averaged 28.6 points per outing, which was the third-highest scoring output in the NFL. Tampa Bay’s offense featured a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Chris Godwin (86 receptions, 1,333 yards, and nine touchdowns) and Mike Evans (67 catches, 1,157 yards, and eight touchdowns).  

Considering that their offense was one of the best in the league behind a quarterback who threw 30 interceptions, one can only imagine what the offense will look like with a six-time Super Bowl champ under center. The Bucs are currently tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the fifthbest odds, but that may change as the season approaches.  

 Fourth-Best Super Bowl LV Odds: New Orleans Saints (+1400) 

The New Orleans Saints are coming off a season in which they finished as the No. 3 seed in the NFC, going 13-3. Despite their impressive record though, they suffered a 26-20 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round of the playoffs. While Drew Brees contemplated his future following that loss, he ultimately decided to return to the Saints for his 20th NFL season. Behind a guy who is the all-time NFL leader in both passing yards (77,416) and touchdowns (541), look for the Saints to be in the thick of another competitive conference playoff race.  

 Third-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: San Francisco 49ers (+900) 

The San Francisco 49ers were the top overall seed in the NFC, and they had a remarkable playoff run as well. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round and knocked off the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. Furthermore, they were on the brink of a championship before coughing up a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. The Niners had the top rushing offense and the third-best overall defense in 2019. If they can keep their key players in the fold, they should be viewed as a potential contender in 2020 as well.  

 Second-Best Super Bowl LV Odds: Baltimore Ravens (+750)  

Early on, the Baltimore Ravens weren’t viewed as a title contender in 2019 after splitting their first four games of the season. After their mediocre start though, the Ravens went on to win 12 straight games to finish the season with a franchise-best 14-2 record. Furthermore, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was named league MVP.  

Unfortunately, while Baltimore seemed primed for a deep postseason run, that didn’t come to fruition, as they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans 28-12 in the divisional roundThis was quite the disappointment for a team that finished first in total offense and second in total defense. With the memory of a very poor showing in the postseason, look for the Ravens to make another run at representing the AFC in the next year’s Super Bowl.  

 Super Bowl 2021 Odds On Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs (+600) 

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2019 campaign with a 12-4 record along with the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Kansas City was a perfect 6-0 in their division while winning seven of their eight home games. Moreover, they finished with the third-best point differential in the NFL. Although the Chiefs had a solid regular season, their playoff run proved to be even more memorable. In the divisional round, they overcame a 24-point deficit before going on to beat the Houston Texans 51-31.  

In the conference championship game, Kansas City trailed by 10 points before rallying for a 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Then in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs were staring at another double-digit deficit with 6:32 left to play. Once again, the Chiefs rallied, scoring 21 consecutive points as they went on to defeat the 49ers 31-20. It represented the team’s first championship in 50 years. Considering they are the defending champions; the Chiefs deserve to be viewed as the team with the best odds to win it again in 2021.  

Cam Newton Free Agency Odds

Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Cam Netwon Free Agency Odds

By: James Tillman 

It wasn’t that long ago when the Carolina Panthers were considered a good football team. Five years ago, the Panthers finished with a 15-1 record. Cam Newton was named league MVP and the Panthers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl 

They went on to lose to the Denver Broncos 24-10, but it wasn’t too far of a stretch to think that this squad was on the cusp of becoming a perennial playoff contender. Unfortunately, that didn’t come to fruition as Carolina has missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. This includes the 2019 campaign in which they went just 5-11. As a result, the Panthers are parting ways with Cam Newton, setting the stage for everybody to start betting on Cam Newton’s free agency odds and the Cam Newton Week 1 Team odds. 

With that in mind, here’s a look at the odds of the teams Newton is most likely to suit up for in 2020.  


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 Third-Best Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Miami Dolphins (+300)  

The Miami Dolphins finished the 2019 NFL season with a 5-11 record. Not only that, but they were also ranked 25th in scoring as they averaged just 19.1 points per outing. Based on those numbers, it is rather obvious that they need some help at the quarterback position. However, the Dolphins still have Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fold and they are expected to select a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.  

Additionally, they also have third-year quarterback Josh Rosen on the roster as well. With that in mind, While the Dolphins could use help at one of the most important positions in the league, Newton doesn’t appear to be a good fit in this scenario.  

Second-Best Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars (+300)  

The Jacksonville Jaguars are just three years removed from an appearance in the AFC championship game. Since that time, though, they have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. This includes a 6-10 showing during the 2019 campaign. On one hand, the Jaguars traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a fourth-round draft selection. While that move could signal that they are in the market for a starting QB.  

On the flip side of the coin, what this could also mean is that the Jaguars are ready to hand over the offense to Gardner Minshew. Also, taking into consideration that Jay Gruden – who was once the offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals – currently holds the same position in Jacksonville, it is being rumored that former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton would be a better fit than Newton.  

The Cam Netwon Week 1 Team Odds on Favorite: Washington Redskins (+200) 

Following a pair of seasons in which they posted a 7-9 record, the Washington Redskins produced just three wins in 2019. Moreover, their 16.6 points per outing ranked dead last in the NFL. Simply put, this team is in dire need of a solid signalcaller. The Redskins and Newton make a good pairing for a couple of reasons. First off, Washington hired Ron Rivera after he and the Panthers parted ways. As it was previously mentioned, Newton flourished under Rivera during his MVP campaign, throwing a career-high 35 touchdowns. Secondly, Dwayne Haskins – who Washington selected in last year’s NFL Draft —  was just 2-5 as a starter and threw as many interceptions as he did touchdowns (seven).  

Newton and Haskins would have to compete for the starting spot during the offseason. However, Newton should emerge victorious in that competition. Being that Washington gives Newton the best chance to remain a starter at the quarterback position, this is the most logical spot for him.