The opening of NFL training camps is right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to start talking seriously about the upcoming season. Predictions made today are likely to change, as no team is likely to escape the training camp and preseason without taking an injury-hit or two.
Still, the fun part of being a few weeks removed from the beginning of the real preseason is that we get to make some bold NFL Betting predictions, a few of which might just hold water. With that in mind, let’s get right to it.
Seven Shocking 2019 NFL Season Betting Predictions
The Patriots Dynasty Ends
Over the years, the New England Patriots have lost key personnel, while doing an amazing job of filling the gaps left behind. Replacing Rob Gronkowski may be their toughest task yet. Tom Brady has long said that he wants to play until he is 45, but at 42, his contract will end this season. Will he be able to maintain his amazingly high standards, or will Father Time finally show up? I think it’s a backward step for New England this season.
The LA Rams Struggle
How many times have we seen a team have a great season and make it to the Super Bowl, only to come out on the losing end, after which they lay an egg the following season? It’s a very regular occurrence, with the likes of the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers recently suffering that fate. The LA Rams look primed for another big season, but will that jinx get in the way?
The Steelers Are Not Going to Be Awful
Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell in the offseason, but they also got rid of the two largest, most divisive characters on the team. They are going to be tough to replace, but the Steelers have always found a way to replace big name players, most of whom go on to other teams and do nothing. In JuJu, they have one of the best WR’s in the league, not to mention a solid O-Line. The Steelers will be fine.
The Cleveland Browns Implode
Last season was a big step forward for the Cleveland Browns, and they look to build on that with some amazing additions, the biggest of which is WR Odell Beckham Jr. This team is stacked, but it’s also filled with big egos. If things do not get off to a positive start in Cleveland, I could see things blowing up rather dramatically. The AFC North is going to be fun to watch this season.
Josh Rosen Shines in Miami
One of the biggest moves of the offseason saw top draft pick Josh Rosen dealt from the Arizona Cardinals to the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals were brutal last season, but Rosen was far from being their biggest problem.
He will have some legitimate targets in Miami, and while I don’t see him putting up MVP numbers, he will make the Cards look a little foolish.
Patrick Mahomes Comes Back to Earth
I am certainly not suggesting that Mahomes is going to suffer through a sophomore slump, but what I am saying is that he is not going to get anywhere near the ridiculous numbers he posted last season. Every coaching staff in the league now has a ton of film to study and will have a game plan in place that will slow him down a little.
The New Orleans Saints Are Your Super Bowl Champions
From top to bottom, the New Orleans Saints are arguably the most talented team in the league. The problem that they have at the moment is a small window of opportunity now that Drew Brees has hit 40. They were jobbed last season in the playoffs, so look for them to come into the 2019 season with something to prove. It’s now or never for the Saints.