2017-2018 NFL Football Preview - Preseason Notes And Predictions

The NFL preseason runs for four weeks every year, while the teams play 16 games over 17 weeks during the regular season. And fans who participate in legal NFL betting each year start paying attention bright and early. In the first couple of those weeks eventual starters play sparingly, if at all. The 2017-2018 season is close at hand and fans are excited to see how their favorite teams will perform. Preseason football provides a showcase for both analysts and fans to see how teams are looking with offseason additions, cuts and personnel changes. From a betting standpoint, getting a jumpstart on the season is advantageous in that you can see what you are betting on before the season starts. The 2017-2018 season kicks off September 7th and Super Bowl LII is set for February 4th, 2018. A lot can happen in between that time. Teams can suffer injuries, suspensions, coaching changes, poor execution and a litany of other potential issues as each team fights for a Playoff berth. This page was created to provide bettors with a preview of how each team is expected to perform.

Full NFL Preview Of All 32 Teams

Before placing a bet on any one of the 32 teams in the league, bettors want to know a thing or two about who they are betting on. A lot of information goes into analyzing a team, including their schedule, roster, coaching staff, overall game plans, among other things. Below you will find a comprehensive list of all the teams broken down by division. Our team of football betting experts have drafted previews of each team to provide you with some insight into the upcoming season before you start placing bets.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

The AFC North is a tough division with the exception of the Cleveland Browns. Last year, the Ravens went 8-8 and did not qualify for the Playoffs. QB Joe Flacco had a decent season, though he has proven to be a consistent quarterback over his career. His experience should help the squad going forward, and he has an exciting new weapon at his disposal. The Ravens signed WR Jeremy Maclin from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason. Maclin had a back-and-forth performance with the Chiefs, though ultimately proved to be one of their best receivers. He missed several games last year with a torn groin, and had career-low receiving numbers as a result. The Chiefs released Maclin and the Ravens swiftly picked him up. He is considered one of the most valuable receivers in the fantasy football game, and QB Joe Flacco will likely make him one of his preferred targets. The Ravens also signed RB Danny Woodhead from the Los Angeles Chargers. Whether Woodhead is the starting RB remains to be seen, but the Ravens had made their intentions clear with these two high-profile offensive signings. They will be a solid bet in most matchups, however you should be cautious when they face division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are one of the most successful teams in the league. They seem to make an appearance in the postseason year after year and are arguably the strongest team in the AFC North—they won the division last year. They almost went to the Super Bowl, but lost in the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots. QB Ben Roethlisberger continues to show his Hall of Fame quality with each season and had impressive numbers in his last campaign. RB Le’Veon Bell is one of the best backs in the league and WR Antonio Brown completes the powerhouse offensive trio. The Steelers drafted T.J. Watt, younger brother to J.J. Watt, though it is tough to gauge a player’s rookie season before the first snap. The Steelers will likely clinch the division again unless the Ravens or Bengals can make a push, but Head coach Mike Tomlin has a strong team under his helm and they will want to make amends for their omission from last year’s Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are an interesting team. On paper, they have a strong roster, however the Bengals sometimes fall short of their supposed quality. They finished third in the AFC North last year and did not make the postseason. QB Andy Dalton is continuing his successful career with the franchise and will likely have another strong year. RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill combine to make a fierce running game. They also still possess one of the best WRs in the league with A.J. Green. Pro-bowlers DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap highlight a tough defensive front. Head coach Marvin Lewis has made a few additions with signing LB Kevin Minter and OT Andre Smith, but these two signings appear to be more for maintenance than game-changers. They drafted WR John Ross from Washington with the #9 pick in the Draft, so expect the rookie to be on the receiving end of some throws. With their strong defense, expect the Bengals to have a better finish than their 6-win 2016 season. It’ll be tough to keep up with the Steelers, but the Bengals have what it takes to be Playoff contenders.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are arguably the worst team in the league. Ever since the Johnny Manziel fiasco, the Browns have been unable to make anything happen. They have not had a winning season in years, managing a poor 1-15 record in the last season. They are currently suffering a 14-year Playoff drought. With the #1 pick in the Draft, they selected DE Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. Their defensive inclination continued with selecting S Jabrill Peppers out of Michigan. Peppers is a player who can work on both sides of the ball, but the Browns will likely use him to aid with their poor defense. QB Brock Osweiler made headlines by becoming one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league, especially since his performance does not reflect his salary, so it will be interesting to see how he fares with Cleveland. From a betting standpoint, you are better off betting on the teams playing the Browns. Don’t expect much out of Cleveland this year.

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts managed to place third in the AFC South with an 8-8 record last year. Their Playoff absence marked the end of a lackluster season. The franchise re-signed WR Quan Bray, CB Darius Butler, TE Jack Doyle, TE Erik Swoope and RB Robert Turbin in free agency, but lost S Mike Adams, OLB Chris Carter, DE Zach Kerr and ILB Josh McNary. They drafted FS Malik Hooker out of Ohio State, and if Hooker plays as well as he did for the Buckeyes, he will prove a solid pickup. QB Andrew Luck is currently on the injured list as he is recovering from shoulder surgery, but management his optimistic he will make a return. QB Scott Tolzien will likely be the starter in his absence, but the Colts need Luck if they want to be successful. RB Frank Gore can pick up the slack, but it will take more than one man. WR T.Y. Hilton is an offensive powerhouse, but without Luck at the helm it is unclear how effective he will be. Without Luck, don’t expect much from the Colts, but if he can recover quickly and get into the rotation, the Colts can easily pull off an 8+ win season.

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are currently the strongest team in the AFC South. They won the division last year but ended up losing to the Patriots in the Playoffs. Their defense is one of their strongest points with DE J.J. Watt and OLB Jadeveon Clowney. They have strong offensive components in RBs Alfred Blue, Tyler Ervin and WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Braxton Miller. The biggest question mark heading into the new season is their QB. The Texans drafted QB Deshaun Watson out of Clemson with the #12 pick. It is unclear whether the rookie will be the starter, but that may very well happen with their options being Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden. If Watson is the starter, they probably won’t emulate the same success as last year, but stranger things have happened in the NFL.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are somewhat an underdog in the league. They finished second in the AFC South last year and went 9-7. QB Marcus Mariota has shown he is an elite QB and has helped turned the franchise around. RBs Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray make for strong running options and WRs Rishard Matthews and Erick Decker give Mariota good looks for pass routes. The Titans made a trade for some Draft picks this offseason, selecting WR Corey Davis and Adoree’ Jackson with the #5 and #18 picks, respectively. If Mariota and Murray can stay healthy, expect the Titans to make a claim for best in the division this year. They have the tools to improve to a 10+ win season and will be a solid bet in most matchups.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the league. They had a 3-win season last year and ended up firing their coach. New head coach Doug Marrone is hoping to turn things around. They lost DE Tyson Alualu, CB Prince Amukamara and RB Joe Banyard in free agency, but managed to a slew of other defensive players. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they struggle with both offense and defense. They drafted RB Leonard Fournette out of LSU, who should prove a decent running option, but rookies can have a tough time breaking out. Their rotation of QBs Blake Bortles and Chad Henne didn’t seem to work last year, so it will be interesting to see what Marrone does. Bortles is the better option and will give the team more success, but things could change. Don’t expect too much from the Jaguars this season, they need a complete overhaul and it doesn’t look like anything will happen soon. They will likely remain at the bottom of their division.

AFC East

New England Patriots

The Patriots are the best team in the league. The defending Super Bowl champions have now won 5 titles in the Brady-Belichick era. QB Tom Brady announced he would return for another season, already increasing their odds to win again. WRs Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Chris Logan will also still be in the lineup. TE Rob Gronkowski will be back from injury. Their defense is one of the strongest in the league. Newcomer RB Mike Gillislee will replace the departing LeGarrette Blount. Basically, the Super Bowl winning team remained intact. The Patriots are a shoe-in for another Super Bowl appearance and will be the favored team in every matchup. They will win their division again with ease.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are an inconsistent team in terms of winning, which could be a red flag for bettors. On paper, they have a strong team. They also made a ton of signings in the offseason, including WR Jeremy Butler, K Stephen Hauschka and RB Joe Banyard. QB Tyrod Taylor has shown he is a good quarterback and has given the Bills a new lease on life. RB LeSean McCoy had an up-and-down season, but Shady has shown he can run with the best of them in the past. WR Anquan Boldin leads a receiving core including Corey Brown, Jeremy Butler and more. The Bills currently have the longest Playoff drought in the league, so Head coach Sean McDermott and co. will be attempting to make history for the franchise this season. They came close last year, but lost to the Miami Dolphins. The Bills don’t have what it takes to keep up with the Patriots, but they could pull off an upset.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are the second best team in the AFC South. They had a 10-win season under new head coach Adam Gase and made the Playoffs. Gase has shown he knows how to turn this franchise around and has reinvigorated the squad. QB Ryan Tannehill likely won’t play after needing surgery, so the Dolphins responded by bringing QB Jay Cutler out of retirement. This move is risky, but the veteran QB has played with Gase before, so he knows the playbook. RB Jay Ajayi will be a huge part of the offense, along with WRs Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Cameron Wake shore up a stout defense. The Dolphins have the best chance of giving the Patriots a run for their money, but the situation depends on how well Cutler blends with the team. Expect the Dolphins to have another 10-win season and a likely Playoff berth.

New York Jets

The Jets are the worst team in the AFC South. They only had 5 wins last season and will probably not improve this year. They have an almost entirely new coaching staff, except the head coach, which could prove troublesome. They drafted S Jamal Adams out of LSU with #6 pick hoping to strengthen their defense. While they still have RB Matt Forte, the team released WR Brandon Marshall (rumors say it was a lack of chemistry). In any case, the Jets seem to be struggling with their identity and cannot keep the same roster together. They will most likely wind up last in their division again and miss any shot at the Playoffs, especially with the Dolphins on the rise.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are in a transitory position. Their head coach, Gary Kubiak, retired at the end of last season. He has been replaced by Vance Joseph. The Broncos signed RB Jamaal Charles, LB Kasim Edebali, NT Zach Kerr and G Donald Leary in the offseason, which should help them improve on their 7-9 record. They also drafted DE DeMarcus Walker out of FSU in the second round. Their QB rotation consists of Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, with the latter expected to play more in the upcoming season. RBs C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles will have a heavy workload. WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will also have pivotal roles this year. Von Miller leads the tough defense, but they will have to be at their best to remain in contention. Expect another shaky year from Denver—they will have to be monitored on game-to-game basis.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are the strongest team in the AFC West. They clinched the division last year and ended up losing to the Steelers in a close game. They have 6 players ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100, including S Eric Berry, TE Travis Kelce, CB Marcus Peters, WR/KR/PR Tyreek Hill, LB Justin Houston and QB Alex Smith. The Chiefs cut ties with RB Jamaal Charles and WR Jeremy Maclin, which could limit their options, but head coach Andy Reid believes in the depth of his squad. They still have RBs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. WRs Tyreek Hill, Seantavius Jones and Demarcus Robinson will have their work cut out for them. Their defense is obviously strong and will continue to be an integral part of their success. The Chiefs will likely win the division again and make the Playoffs. Whether they can perform better in the postseason remains to be seen.

LA Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers recently relocated from San Diego. This move could end up affecting the team as they try to adjust to their new location. QB Phillip Rivers is a phenomenal player, but the team still hasn’t managed to do anything significant in recent years. Pro-bolwer RB Melvin Gordon should perform well if he can remain healthy. WRs Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Da’Ron Brown will have to be at the top of their game to keep up with the Chiefs. The Chargers will probably not make the Playoffs again as they settle into their new identity. They will not be a favorable bet in most matchups.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are another team to relocate in the offseason, moving from Oakland to Sin City. However, the Raiders have a strong team and were one of the best stories out of last season. QB Derek Carr emerged as one of the best QBs of the season. He broke his leg in the end of the season but is expected to make a full recovery. If he hadn’t gone down, they could’ve made the Super Bowl. Carr leads a list of Pro-bowlers including WR Amari Cooper, C Rodney Hudson, DE Khalil Mack, FS Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and T Donald Penn. The biggest story of their offseason was trading for RB Marshawn Lynch, who was originally perceived to be retiring. Lynch is one of the best RBs in the game and adds a new element to their already strong offense. The Raiders could beat the Chiefs for best in the AFC South and could very well make another postseason push. They may even be in talks for Super Bowl contenders if they can beat the Patriots.

AFC Division Winners And Predictions

Our team of football betting analysts see the Steelers, Texans, Patriots and Raiders winning their respective divisions. The Dolphins and Chiefs could take up the Wild Card spots. While it is likely there will be repeat AFC Championship game of the Steelers v. Patriots, there could be an underdog thrown in the mix.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the strongest team in their division. They have made the Playoffs for 9 straight seasons and will likely do so again under head coach Mike McCarthy. They did lose RB Eddie Lacy, which is a huge factor considering their running game, but QB Aaron Rodgers is enough of a weapon to balance out the loss. Clay Matthews, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jermaine Whitehead highlight a tough defense, but a lot will fall on the shoulders of the offense this year. Still, the Packers are expected to be the best in their division and will represent the NFC in the Playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings blew critics away with their hot start last year, though their momentum was eventually snuffed out. QB Sam Bradford stepped in nicely after QB Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury in the preseason, and with Bridgewater’s status unclear, Bradford will likely be the starter again. The Vikings drafted promising RB Dalvin Cook out of FSU who will have an immediate impact on the offense. WR Stefon Diggs is an exciting young talent that will look to improve in the coming season. The Vikings may be able to win 2nd in the NFC North, but it is unlikely they will beat the Packers.

Detroit Lions

The Lions are a frustrating team in that they should be better than they are. They managed to make the Playoffs last year, but lost again in typical Lions fashion. The franchise signed OT Akeem Spence, WR Keshawn Martin and G T.J. Lang (among others) in the offseason, which should help patch up their missing gaps. QB Matt Stafford is an elite quarterback and will probably have another great season. RB Ameer Abdullah will be a force for them in their offense, along with WRs Jace Billingsley, Keshawn Martin and Golden Tate. The Lions will probably end up making the Playoffs again, but they still seem to be lacking an X-factor that will push them out of the Wild Card round.

Chicago Bears

The Bears are the worst team in the division. They went 3-13 in the 2016 season and probably won’t do much better. They drafted QB Mitchell Trubisky, who may end up being the starter over Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez. They have good players in WR Victor Cruz, TE Dion Sims and more, but the Bears cannot seem to get it together. Head coach John Fox hasn’t been able to emulate the success of Bears’ teams in the past. With the current roster he has, it doesn’t look like things will get any better. If they are banking on a rookie QB to bring them out of last place in the NFC North, the Bears may be in for a rude awakening.

NFC South

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers currently seem to be a shell of their former selves. They almost went undefeated a couple of seasons ago, even making the Super Bowl, but they were swept aside by the Denver Broncos. Their last season was disappointing in comparison—they finished last in their division. This offseason they signed OT Matt Kalil, CB Captain Munnerlyn, WR Russell Shepard, SS Mike Adams and OLB Julius Peppers. They also drafted RB Christian McCaffrey, one of the most promising RBs in the Draft. QB Cam Newton is a dynamic player with a solid running game. RBs Jonathan Stewart and Cameron Artis-Payne will hopefully help McCaffrey enter the lineup. WR Kelvin Benjamin will want to get back to his successful ways after coming off an injury, though WR Devin Funchess provides another outlet for Newton. If they can fix their defensive problems and get the offense back on track, the Panthers could replicate the success of two years ago.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints haven’t been all that relevant as of late. They made a few good signings this offseason, most notably with RB Adrian Peterson. Though Peterson is in the twilight of his career, his abilities will undoubtedly help this offense and take some of the pressure off RB Mark Ingram. QB Drew Brees is still at the helm of this ship. Unfortunately, the Saints lost 2 key players to injury with DT Nick Fairley and LT Terron Armstead. They also lost WR Brandin Cooks in free agency. The losses in defense mean fielding younger players, which could dismantle any sort of defensive front. This could be the last season for both Brees and Head coach Sean Payton, especially if it doesn’t amount to anything.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are a promising team on the rise. They drafted TE O.J. Howard, WR Chris Godwin and S Justin Evans—three good pickups to add into the mix. They also signed WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Baker and S J.J. Wilcox. One of the biggest issues facing the Bucs is their kicker situation. Roberto Aguayo was drafted early by the Bucs, but he had a disappointing first season. The Bucs brought in Nick Folk to provide some competition, so it is unclear which will get the starting job. QB Jameis Winston has improved with each season and now appears to have the right tools in place to lead this team to a 10+ win season. On paper, they have one of the best receiving corps. RB Doug Martin had a rough year last season, so expect him to bounce back to give this team a more dynamic offense.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons were arguably the best team last season. They lost the Super Bowl in historical fashion to the Patriots, blowing a significant lead. Atlanta will be trying to fight off the curse of coming off a Super Bowl loss (look at Carolina), and they have the tools to do so. QB Matt Ryan is in the peak of his career. RB Devonta Freeman just signed a huge contract extension, and rightly so given his performances. WR Julio Jones is another pivotal cog in this machine. The biggest question mark facing the Falcons is with their offense—since OC Kyle Shanahan was replaced by Steve Sarkisian. Shanahan’s offense was one of the best in league history, so a lot of pressure falls on Sarkisian to replicate that success. We still predict the Falcons to have a 10+ win season and could potentially make another run at the Super Bowl.

NFC East

Dallas Cowbows

The Cowboys broke through as one of the greatest storylines out of last season. Rookie QB Dak Prescott led America’s Team to the Playoffs. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot shattered expectations in his debut year. The Cowboys had a good Draft with selecting DE Taco Charlton, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, S Xavier Woods and WR Ryan Switzer. They lost CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church, CB Morris Clairborne and DT Terrel McClain. For the Cowboys, their biggest problems seem to be off the field, with a slew of incidents involving players occurring in the offseason. If they can block out the drama, they are a lock to win the division. They have a tough schedule, but most analysts see them going far, potentially Super Bowl-far.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have made some serious acquisitions in the offseason. They signed WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Torrey Smith, DT Timmy Jernigan, RB LeGarrette Blount and DE Chris Long. The offensive additions make for some competition within the team, which is always a good thing. Jeffery’s presence puts pressure on Jordan Matthews, meaning both will be fighting for targets. QB Carson Wentz is the franchise quarterback and he now has a few more weapons at his disposal. The Eagles lost 2 valuable defensive players in CBs Leodis McKelvin and Nolan Carroll, creating a dire situation, but this means younger players will be fighting to prove themselves. The Eagles lost most of their games by 5 points or less last year. With these new additions, especially Blount at RB, it is not too farfetched to see them winning more games. If Wentz can step into his role as franchise QB, the Eagles could be a surprise in the NFC East.

New York Giants

The Giants went 11-5 last year and lost in the Playoffs (in typical Giants fashion). The Giants lost a few notable players in the offseason, but managed to sign WR Brandon Marshall. Marshall joins a receiving corps featuring Odell Beckham Jr., a celebrity in the game. Beckham has been criticized for his maturity and dedication, but there is no denying his talent. QB Eli Manning always relies on him in tight situations. They have a tough schedule, meaning they could fall behind early. Their biggest questions are their offensive line and running game. Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart make up the heart of their tackles, so expect a lot out of them. RB Paul Perkins has been tipped for the starting position, but his lack of experience could prove troublesome. Still, the Giants could finish with 10+ wins.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins missed the Playoffs last year, but their new signings will helpfully fix some of their issues. They signed WR Terrelle Pryor, S D.J. Swearinger, LB Zach Brown, DL Stacy McGee and DL Terrell McClain. You’ll notice most of those are defensive signings, highlighting their awareness of their main issues. They ended up losing WR DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garcon and DL Chris Baker, which could come back to haunt them. QB Kirk Cousins is under a lot of scrutiny as the franchise quarterback. If he can survive the pressure, he could live up to his price tag. Washington has improved their defense and boast an offense that can win games. They managed to blow a few games in the fourth quarter last season. If Washington can fix this problem, they may improve on their record. If they end up failing, it could be the end of the Cousins era.

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are the strongest team in their division. They lost in the divisional round of the Playoffs last year, but you can count on them being back. They picked up RB Eddie Lacy in free agency, who will make an immediate impact on the team. There have been many reports of drama within the locker room, but the Seahawks still seem to have great team chemistry and usually play better when being scrutinized. Last season, the Seahawks suffered a lot of injuries. New addition OL Luke Joeckel should add some depth to the lineup. If all the starters can remain healthy throughout the season, Seattle will undoubtedly make the Playoffs again. The “Legion of Boom” consisting of Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane and more should make for one of the league’s best defenses.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are an explosive team in the NFC West, or at least they once were. They didn’t perform well last season and missed the Playoffs. WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were both thought to be retiring in the offseason, however both are returning for what could be their last ride. The Cardinals signed K Phil Dawson, LB Karlos Dansby and S Antoine Bethea. They lost 4 key defensive players in DT Calais Cambell, S Tony Jefferson, CB Marcus Cooper and S D.J. Swearinger. These losses may spell disaster for the Cardinals’ defense. RB David Johnson looks to be stepping into his role as a franchise player. If the Special Teams unit can fix their mistakes from last year, the Cardinals could be contenders. Palmer and Fitzgerald will likely be leaving it all out on the field, not to mention the desire to bounce back from a poor season.

St Louis Rams

The Rams are another team in transition. They relocated from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Their poor record in 2016 is expected to be drastically different with their new lineup. The Rams signed LT Andrew Whitworth, WR Robert Woods, LB Connor Barwin, RB Lance Dunbar, DB Kayvon Webster, DB Nickell Robey-Coleman and C John Sullivan. QB Jared Goff has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to lead this team to victory. His rookie season was terrible, but Goff was selected #1 overall last year for a reason. If he can find his rhythm in his sophomore season, the Rams might have a chance. RB Todd Gurley will also be an integral part to this team’s success. However, the OL needs to give him some room to run in order to avoid another lackluster season.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have been down in the dumps for a while. They fired head coach Chip Kelly at the end of the season and managed to replace him with Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ former OC. The 49ers signed QB Brian Hoyer, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Marquise Goodwin and DE Elvis Dumervil. Shanahan’s offense with Atlanta last year was one of the best in league history. He helped them get to the Super Bowl. If he can bring this same knowledge and apply it in San Francisco, he may be able to turn things around. Hoyer is a veteran QB and has worked with Shanahan’s system before. Whether he is their long term answer remains to be seen, especially with Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo available next season. The 49ers biggest problem is their defense. Last year, it was the worst in the league. Their young defensive corps has to step up to the plate in order for the team to be successful.

NFC Division Winners

Our team of football betting analysts expect the Packers, Falcons, Cowboys and Seahawks to win their respective divisions. The Buccaneers and Giants will likely make up the Wild Card spots. The most likely NFC Championship scenario will feature the Falcons and Packers yet again.

Top 2017-18 NFL Offenses

This is tricky. The most obvious answer is the Patriots. Their offensive unit is practically unstoppable. The Falcons will likely not be as successful with the loss of their OC. Other potential high-scoring offenses could be the Raiders and Cowboys. In a betting situation, taking the over with any of these teams is the smart move.

Top 2017-18 NFL Defenses

As far as top defenses go, Seattle is up there with their Legion of Boom. New England and Denver also have strong defensive units that can control the tempo of games. These three teams possess a lot of talent on the defensive end. Other teams with strong defenses will likely be the Chiefs, Giants and Bengals.

Super Bowl 52 Contenders

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The Patriots are the heavy favorite to win Super Bowl 52. They are practically fielding the same team that won last year and will be a strong team in the AFC. Other likely contenders will be the Raiders and Cowboys, who both showed a lot of promise last season. If the Raiders can stay healthy, they likely pose the largest threat to the Patriots. The Falcons could make another push at the Super Bowl despite losing their OC. Their squad has enough weapons to catapult them to the top of their division and into the Playoffs. The Steelers also make a case for Super Bowl contenders, as they made the AFC Championship game last year and lost to the Patriots.

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