The preseason is about to come to a halt. Underway is a new season with multiple roster-cutdown regulations in place partnered with promising NFL betting odds for wagering enthusiasts out there. August football did give us a glimpse of what’s to come in the following months. There’s been enough practice sessions and exhibition matches and that’s enough to tell how this season might play out.
Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Bills
This division might not tell a different story. The current Patriots roster is worthy of about 4 out of 5 wins, and an estimate of 10 wins with one home playoff game. Their team is as solid as ever, and as long as Tom Brady stays away from injuries, expect the Patriots to remain a challenger for the playoffs and the next Super Bowl.
Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos
If the Chargers can steer away from injuries and if the coaching staff keeps composed, there’s no question that they can top the division in the conference–better if Hunter Henry and Jason Verrett make an appearance. Meanwhile, Oakland’s star player Jon Gruden is starting to heat up once again and Denver’s ability to pass protect and run the football is still under the microscope, while the secondary dipped in performance.
Jaguars, Texans, Titans, Colts
As harsh as it may sound, this very well could be right back to being one of the most underwhelming divisions in the NFL. Jacksonville might not have what it takes to complete consecutive forward passes as presently constructed, but can do well everywhere else. They’re not by any chance a major threat, but they can still top the division.
Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Browns
This is where things get a little more exciting. Pittsburgh tops the division, despite its shortage of quality defenders thanks to Big Ben and Le’Veon Bell in a contract year playing for massive bucks and with this being their last shot to win it all with the triplets present. On the other hand, the Bengals and Ravens are at 9-7, with it coming down to a tiebreaker as to who advances.
Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins
There might be a slim chance that the Eagles repeat, but there’s no questioning that they will be just fine. They have a more promising roster and should start gaining momentum in the second half, once Carson Wentz is back in form. The Giants, in contrast, have a more shallow threshold on defense, but having OBJ and Barkley could just be the deciding factor. They are a 9-7 team all day after all. Dallas, however, is a deceiver and not a contender. Their lack of offense and vulnerability to injuries won’t be of any help either.
Rams, Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals
On paper, the Rams have the best roster and the best coach in the division. Moreover, Aaron Donald, their best player, is about to reach his 100% once again. There might not hi top seed in the conference, but they will remain formidable for the position. Seattle is being cast aside, and the roster is an alarming matter, but Russell Wilson is one of the top QBs on the planet. San Francisco is slowly building up but still has more improvement ahead.
Vikings, Packers, Lions, Bears
This is a tight battle. Minnesota possibly possesses the best overall talent in the league and swarmed with top-notch playmakers at every critical position. Kirk Cousins will excel in the Midwest, away from the DC bubble. Aaron Rodgers’ comeback makes the Pack instant title contenders together with their robust defensive front. They have added more grit on that side of the ball. Detroit still lacks the tools on defense, and there will be a steep learning curve for their rookie head coach. The same goes for Chicago’s.
To cut things short, we might see a Steelers/Chargers and Saints/Vikings in the championship games while Pittsburgh/New Orleans make it to the Super Bowl, with the Saints to win the title.
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