The NFL season is approaching. Before the season starts gamblers need to get their futures bets in for the year. Here are futures bets to place before the 2022 NFL season.
Cincinnati Bengals to Win the Super Bowl- 22/1
After getting to the Super Bowl last season, the Bengals showed they were committed to improving their roster. They signed La’El Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras, which vastly improves their offensive line. Losing C.J. Uzomah at tight end will make things different, but Hayden Hurst has impressed in training camp.
Defensively, Cam Taylor-Britt and Daxton Hill were added to the secondary in the draft. The defense came up huge in the playoffs, but depth in the secondary was an issue. Also leaving the team was Larry Ogunjobi, but the defense stepped up without him after he went down with an injury. Jessie Bates is currently sitting out of training camp, but he will likely return before the season and play on the franchise tag.
While the schedule gets tougher for the Bengals this season, improving their overall roster and protecting Joe Burrow should lead to more success. It’s hard to go back to the Super Bowl in consecutive years, but the odds are very low for a team that made a good run last season.
Christian McCaffrey for Comeback Player of the Year- +700
Christian McCaffrey has been an electric running back when healthy. The problem is that he hasn’t been able to stay on the field. He has played just 10 games over the last two seasons. While he has burned a lot of fantasy football players in the past, his injuries do not show a pattern or chance of re-injury.
The Panthers made the trade to acquire Baker Mayfield from the Browns, which should open up the offense more for McCaffrey. Not only will it open it up, but Mayfield won’t hesitate to utilize him in the passing game either. In the last two seasons, the Panthers are 4-6 when McCaffrey plays and that could improve this year.
McCaffrey will be competing with players like Derrick Henry, Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas for the award. Henry played in eight games and returned for the playoffs, which may move voters in a different direction. Winston gets extra love because he is a quarterback, but he and Michael Thomas could split votes. If McCaffrey plays the whole season at his potential, he’s the best bet to win the award.
Josh Allen for MVP- +650
Josh Allen is the favorite for the MVP and for good reason. He has developed into a superstar in the first four seasons of his career. In 2021, he passed for 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on 63.3 percent completion. He led the Bills to the AFC Divisional Round and may have won the game had the coin toss gone his way.
This season, the Bills are going all in for success, which only helps Allen’s case for MVP. He will have plenty of primetime games to demonstrate his ability to voters, which includes his ability to run the football. Allen has never won the award, so no voters will have any fatigue in voting for the same player. Another good season for the Bills should help him secure the MVP of the league.
Buffalo Bills- Over 11.5 wins
Last season, the Bills were projected to get 11 wins and they did. This season more is expected of them, but they are fully capable of winning at least 12 games. They were able to draft cornerback Kaiir Elam, who should improve the secondary, especially with the return of Tre White from injury. If James Cook can add more to the offense, Buffalo will be even tougher to defeat. Playing the AFC and NFC North can be tough, but Josh Allen‘s development, plus the additions to the roster should have the Bills in play for the first seed in the AFC.
Baltimore Ravens- Over 9.5 wins
Baltimore was one of the more injured teams the NFL has seen in recent memory during the 2021 season. They still managed to win eight games. The Ravens drafted well and although they traded away Marquise Brown, should be able to move the ball on offense. With games against the AFC East and NFC South, there are enough winnable games to take the over for the Ravens.
Houston Texans- Under 4.5 wins
David Culley led a lackluster Texans’ roster to four wins last season. It was an incredible job, but the Texans have moved on. The roster still has a lot of holes in it and if the Jaguars improve after firing Urban Meyer that could be troublesome, as that accounted for two of their wins. The Texans are still rebuilding and may have the worst record in football by the end of the year.
Dallas Cowboys- Over 10 wins
Trading away Amari Cooper and losing Gregory to the Broncos definitely hurts, but the Cowboys still have the most talented roster in the NFC East. Getting to the playoffs shouldn’t be the problem, but winning once they are in seems to be a tough obstacle.
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