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NFL Season Preview Part Four Team Futures Bets – NFC South And AFC South

We’ve now reached the fourth and final part of our series of articles looking at the best bets available on the futures markets for all 32 of the teams in the NFL. This time, we are focusing on the teams competing in the NFC and AFC South, which includes the current Super Bowl holders, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As teams start to convene for some serious pre-season work in mini-camps and OTA’s, there are still some players being snapped up as teams try to address issues within rosters, however most of the big moves look likely to be done now, although things could still happen in Green Bay and Houston.

Let’s take a look now at how we see things going in the NFC and AFC South this season and as always, all odds shown are provided by BetRivers Sportsbook.

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NFC South – Team Futures Bets

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  • New Orleans Saints

Last Season – 12-4 (playoffs)

Key Additions – Alex Armah (FB), Payton Turner (DE), Ian Book (QB), Kawaan Baker (WR), Pete Werner (LB), Paulson Adebo (CB), Landon Young (OT), Alex Hoffman (OG), Eric Burrell (S), Kyle Murphy (OT), Lorenzo Neal (DT), Sutton Smith (LB), Stevie Scott III (RB), Deuce Wallace (DB), Nick Vannett (TE), Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE)

Key Losses – Malcolm Brown (DT), Alex Anzalone (LB), Sheldon Rankins (DT), Jared Cook (TE), Justin Hardee (ST), Emmanuel Sanders (WR), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Trey Hendrikson (DE), Josh Hill (TE), Drew Brees (QB), Kwon Alexander (LB), Thomas Morstead (P), Nick Easton (G), Alex Hoffman (G)

Divisional Odds – +300

Super Bowl Odds – +2800

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – No -139
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Under 9 -117
  • Week1 Starting Quarterback – Jameis Winston -250

Moving from Drew Brees, a future Hall of Famer to Winston or Hill is a big drop off for the Saints and I see them paying for that this season. The rest of the squad is well balanced, especially on offense, but the defense does worry me and I think they’ll land around 7 or 8 wins this season but miss out on the playoffs.

  • Atlanta Falcons

Last Season – 4-12

Key Additions – Cordarrelle Patterson (WR), Duron Harmon (S), Mike Davis (RB), Erik HarrisBucs Falcons Week 15 (S), Barkevious Mingo (DE), Brandon Copeland (LB), Jonathon Bullard (DL), Josh Andrews (C), Fabien Moreau (CB), George Obinna (DE), John Atkins (DL)

Key Losses – Julio Jones (WR), Alex Mack ©, Ricardo Allen (S), Todd Gurley (RB), James Carpenter (G), Allen Bailey (DL), Charles Harris (DE), Keanu Neal (S), Brian Hill (RB), Matt Schaub (QB), Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB), Luke Stocker (TE), LaRoy Reynolds (LB), Darqueze Dennard (CB), Sharrod Neasman (S), Laquon Treadwell (WR), Brandon Powell (WR), Damontae Kazee (S)

Divisional Odds – +800

Super Bowl Odds – +6000

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – No -305
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Over 7.5 -110

Matt Ryan has re-signed with the Falcons and is good to go for a couple more years yet as Dean Pees takes over as head coach. I do think the Falcons will improve on last season, despite losing Julio Jones, but I don’t think the improvement will be quite big enough to make them playoff contenders.

  • Carolina Panthers

Last Season – 5-11

Key Additions – AJ Bouye (CB), Sam Darnold (QB), DaQuan Jones (DL), Denzel Perryman (LB), Haason Reddick (DE), Cameron Erving (G), Rashaan Melvin (CB), Pat Elflein (G), Caraun Reid (DL), David Moore (WR), Morgan Fox (DL), Delano Hill (S), Frankie Luvu (LB), Dan Arnold (TE), Stephen Sullivan (TE)

Key Losses – Teddy Bridgewater (QB), Kawann Short (DL), Russell Okung (LT), Stephen Weatherley (DE), Tre Boston (S), Mike Davis (RB),  Tahir Whitehead (LB), Tyler Larsen ©, Michael Palardy (P), Curtis Samuel (WR), Michael Schofield (RG), Zach Kerr (DL), Chris Reed (G), Pharoh Cooper (WR), Chris Manhertz (TE), Rasul Douglas (CB), Efe Obada (DE), Corn Elder (CB), Alex Armah (FB)

Divisional Odds – +1100

Super Bowl Odds – +7000

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – No – 360
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Under 7.5 -134

The Panthers are a team that are something of an unknown quantity. Sam Darnold will make or break the team and if he can find his form, he could surprise a few teams in this division. I think the Panthers, Saints and Falcons are all a similar level and they’ll win enough games but not enough to get into the playoffs.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Season – 11-5 (playoffs & Won Super Bowl LV)

Key Additions – Giovani Bernard (RB), Antonio Hamilton (CB), Joseph Jones (LB), Raven Greene (S)

Key Losses – Joe Haeg (G), Ryan Smith (CB), Antony Auclair (TE), Andrew Adams (S), Chapelle Russell (LB), Earl Watford (G), AQ Shipley (C), Kenjon Barner (RB), Deone Bucannon (LB), Jack Cichy (LB), TJ Logan (RB)

Divisional Odds – –200

Super Bowl Odds – +650

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – Yes -550
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Over 11.5 -125
  • To have a 17-0 record – No -10000

The Super Bowl Champions have managed to re-sign many of their experienced stars from last season for another run at the title this time around. I do expect some of them to be half a yard slower perhaps but some decent free agent moves has kept the team fresh and they should win this division at a canter.

AFC South – Team Futures Bets

  • Tennessee Titans

Last Season – 11-5 (playoffs)

Key Additions – Bud Dupree (DE), Julio Jones (WR), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Denico Autry (DE), Abry Jones (DL), Kendall Lamm (T), Brian Hill (RB), Matthias Farley (S), Morgan Cox (LS), Justin March-Lillard (LB), Woodrow Hamilton (DL), BL Bello (LB), Trevon Coley (DL), Greg Mabin (CB), Quinton Meeks (S), Josh Reynolds (WR), Chris Jones (CB), Kevin Petersen (CB), Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (DE)

Key Losses – Joshua Kalu (S), Jamil Douglas (G), Matt Dickerson (DL), Desmond King (CB), Kalif Raymond (WR), D’onta Foreman (RB), Kareem Orr (CB), Anthony McKinney (T), Jonnu Smith (TE), Tye Smith (CB), Will Compton (LB), Senorise Parry (RB), Jack Crawford (DL), Mycole Pruitt (TE), Stephen Gostkowski (K), Adoree Jackson (CB), Isaiah Wilson (T), Dennis Kelly (T), Kenny Vaccaro (S), Corey Davis (WR), DaQuan Jones (DL), Adam Humphries (WR), Malcolm Butler (CB), Jadeveon Clowney (DE)

Divisional Odds – +110

Super Bowl Odds – _+2800

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – Yes -167
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Over 9.5 -110

The Titans question marks are all on defense as they now boast one of the most potent offenses in the NFL with Julio Jones added to the receiving corps. The Titans are stacked on offense and should put up plenty of points, but unless their defense can stop opponents, they may need to. They should still do enough to win this division in my opinion.

  • Indianapolis Colts

Last Season – 11-5 (Playoffs)

Key Additions – Carson Wentz (QB), Eric Fisher (T), Chris Reed (G), Sean Davis (S), Isaac Rochelle (DL), Andre Brown (DL), Malik Jefferson (LB), Antwaun Woods (DL), Julie’n Davenport (T), Sam Tevi (T), Eddy Pineiro (K)

Key Losses – Jacoby Brissett (QB), Philip Rivers (QB), Justin Houston (DE), Denico Autry (DE), Malik Hooker (S), Le’Raven Clark (T), Tavon Wilson (S), Chaz Green (T), Trey Burton (TE), Tremon Smith (CB), Anthony Walker Jr (LB)

Divisional Odds – +105

Super Bowl Odds – +2500

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – Yes +182
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Over 10 +115

Another very talented team in the AFC South, the Colts will push the Titans all the way and it is going to be interesting to see how the Colts defense copes with the Titans offense in the two divisional games this season. Those two battles will likely determine which of these two teams finishes top of the division and who makes it into post season as a wild card.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Season – 1-15

Key Additions – Marvin Jones (WR), Malcolm Brown (DL), Roy Robertson-Harris (DL),

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Damien Wilson (LB), Carlos Hyde (RB), Pharoh Cooper (WR), Chris Manhertz (TE), Jihad Ward (DL), Philip Dorsett (WR), Trevor Lawrence (QB), Laquon Treadwell (WR), CJ Beathard (QB), Shaquille Griffin (CB), Rayshawn Jenkins (S), Chapelle Russell (LB), Jamal Agnew (CB), Rudy Ford (S)

Key Losses – DJ Hayden (CB), Tyler Eifert (TE), Abry Jones (DL), Keelan Cole (WR), Al Woods (DL), Chris Conley (WR), Rashaan Melvin (CB), Chris Thompson (RB), Mike Glennon (QB), Josh Oliver (TE), Aaron Lynch (DE), Josia Scott (CB), Caraun Reid (DL), Doug Middleton (S), Eric Saubert (TE), Greg Mabin (CB), Dede Westbrook (WR), Quenton Meeks (S), Joe Giles-Harris (T), Ryquell Armstead (RB), Dontavius Russell (DL)

Divisional Odds – +800

Super Bowl Odds – +8000

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – No -455
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Under 6.5 -143

Having signed Trevor Lawrence, the Jags should be much improved on last season’s dismal performance, but even so, I don’t expect them to win any more than four or five games especially with the Titans and Colts in the division. Lawrence and Meyer can make this team special but they are a couple of years from doing so at the moment.

  • Houston Texans

Last Season – 4-12

Key Additions – Tae Davis (LB), Tavierre Thomas (CB), Phillip Lindsay (RB), Ryan Izzo (TE), Desmond King (CB), Vincent Taylor (DL), Cole Turner (G), Cameron Johnston (P), Tremon Smith (CB), Jaleel Johnson (DL), Taywan Taylor (WR), Hardy Nickerson (LB), Derek Rivers (DE), Donte Moncrief (WR), Geron Christian (T), Joe Thomas (LB), Anthony Auclair (TE), DeMarcus Walker (DL), Andre Roberts (WR), Lane Taylor (G), Terrance Brooks (S), Chris Moore (WR), Rex Burkhead (RB), Neville Hewitt (LB), Alex Erickson (WR), Chris Conley (WR), Jeff Driskel (QB), Kevin Pierre-Louis (LB), Kamu Grugier-Hill (LB), Terrance Mitchell (CB), Jordan Jenkins (LB), Mark Ingram (RB), Tyrod Taylor (QB), Maiek Collins (DL), Marcus Cannon (T), Christian Kirksey (LB), Shaq Lawson (DE)

Key Losses – JJ Watt (DE), Nick Martin (C), Benardrick McKinney (LB), Duke Johnson (RB), AJ McCarron (QB), Zach Fulton (G), Brennan Scarlett (LB), Darren Fells (TE), Bryan Anger (P), Gareon Conley (CB), Will Fuller (WR), Dylan Cole (LB), Senio Kelemete (RG), Roderick Johnson (T), Josh McCown (QB), Kyle Emanuel (LB), Brent Qvale (T), Damion Ratley (WR), Andrew Brown (DL), Steven Mitchell (WR), Carlos Watkins (DL), Duke Eljiofor (DL), Cullen Gillaspia (FB), Peter Kalambayi (DE), Geno Stone (S), Greg Mancz (C), Davin Bellamy (DE)

Divisional Odds – +2800

Super Bowl Odds – +17500

Our BetRivers Specials Tips

  • To Make The Playoffs? – No -1250
  • Number of Games Won In the Regular Season – Under 4.5 -159
  • Team To Have A 0-17 Record – No -5000

With question marks over DeShaun Watson’s future (and freedom), plus JJ Watt now leaving the club, the Texans implosing from the Bill O’Brien era is now complete. A decimated squad and with no draft picks or salary space to improve things, this looks like being a tough season for the Texans who may well have the number 1 pick in the 2022 draft.

I hope you have enjoyed our preview of the NFL’s forthcoming season and be assured, we will be bringing you more details about the season when the action kicks off in August with the pre-season games.


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