The first month of the 2022-23 NFL betting season is in the books at the online sportsbook.
Teams that’ve noticeably exceeded expectations include the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars. On the other end of the spectrum, the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and New England Patriots have been huge disappointments. It’s still early folks!
No better time to add to the Super Bowl LVII futures odds portfolio than right now! The following are favorite, underdog, and longshot investments that should be made entering Week 5 action.
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Favorite to Bet: Philadelphia Eagles +686
Though it sucks we’re not getting the best of the number, a near 7-1 return on the only undefeated team remaining is a nice consolation prize. The Eagles have yet to be tripped up while covering at a 3-1 ATS clip.
They’ve pulled it off by way of marching the fourth best scoring offense onto the gridiron (28.8 PPG) and backing it up with a defense that’s allowed fewer than 18 points per game (No. 10) and the third fewest yards (277.3 YPG). In the process, Jalen Hurts has catapulted himself into the MVP discussion now only sitting behind Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson in the pecking order.
And to think it might only get better moving forward with the Eagles schedule strength entering the season ranked out as the second easiest per the folks at Sharp Football Analysis. Only two of their next 13 opponents are currently favored to qualify for the playoffs!
While the line value isn’t there, it’s highly possible this is the best rate of return we see moving forward. As such, add some Eagles shares to your portfolio now in case they’ve been absent to this point.
Underdog to Bet: Minnesota Vikings +2258
Though the Vikings have gotten out to a 3-1 SU record to sit atop the NFC North standings, they’ve failed to get the job done for NFL bettors in managing a lone point spread cover. Don’t allow that to sour you on the prospects of Minny not only winning the NFC North but also making a run at the Lombardi Trophy.
Kevin O’Connell is yet to get this offense cooking with it averaging just over 21 points (No. 15) and 344 yards per game (No. 17). It’s taking time to implement his new schemes. But once Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Justin Jefferson are in sweet harmony with one another, the trio is going to make some sweet music!
In order to have any shot of cashing this ticket or at the very least create a guaranteed moneymaking hedge scenario, the defense must start holding up its end of the bargain. Unfortunately, the No. 26 ranked pass defense just suffered a catastrophic loss in the secondary with rookie Lewis Cine suffering a season-ending gross leg injury.
The scheduled is more than manageable over the next month, so it’s highly possible the Vikings odds shorten up considerably. Should Ed Donatell be able to rally his defensive troops, SKOL will be a major player.
Longshot to Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers +25000
This dart throw has everything to do with the Kenny Pickett era finally kicking off in the Steel City. I’m sorry, but there’s simply just too much talent on Pittsburgh’s roster for Mike Tomlin’s squad to look as bad as it has through a month of play.
I already bet Pickett to win the OROY Award awhile back and can’t wait to see the spark he instills into the offense. I’m banking on it being more than enough to awaken this sleeping giant and make the AFC North title race much more interesting than it’s been to this point.
That being said, the schedule is nightmarish over the next month with games slated to go against the Bills, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Eagles. It might be best to sit back and see if we can’t gain a little more line value and hope the Ravens, Bengals, and Browns fall upon some hard times.
Or we can just throw caution to the wind and expect the Steelers to go into Buffalo and spring the upset as two touchdown underdogs.
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