With the 2020 NFL regular season heating up in a big way as temperatures start to drop across the nation, it’s time to take another fun-filled look at the Top 10 defensive players in the league heading into Week 12. Let’s jump right into action so you can place your bets against their NFL odds.
Oddsmakers give the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) a decent chance to keep their five-game winning streak going, as they are favored by 3.5 points in a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Raymond James Stadium. The contest’s point total is set at 56.0.
Will the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs claim back-to-back AFC conference championships? Could the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens – or some other AFC title hopeful beat out Patrick Mahomes and company for the AFC crown?
Every team in the NFL has now played at least half of their regular season schedule, which means that it’s a perfect time to start seriously talking about potential Super Bowl contender and pretenders. There is, of course, only one team that can win it all, but there are a few who are seeing their odds improve as the season progresses. As we have seen in the past, though, teams can fall apart in the second half. Teams can get cold or injuries can start to pile up. That is all rather tough to predict, but we can look at the current odds and make a guess as to whether the top teams are legitimate contenders or wannabe pretenders. Let’s take a closer look at the current favorites, along with their odds to win the Super Bowl.
After 9 weeks of the NFL season, it is quite clear who the favorites are to make a deep run once we get to the postseason. That said, grabbing the #1 seed in each conference is crucial, as we have 1 extra team on each side making the playoffs this season. That guaranteed bye is a huge prize, so look for those top teams to keep their foot on the gas all the way to the finish. We are also at the point of the season where some teams might consider going in the tank so that they can nab that top draft pick. Let’s take a look at how the National Football League is ranking the top and bottom 5 teams in the league so you can keep doing your bets against their NFL odds for the upcoming week of action.
No team has played a Super Bowl in its home stadium, but it could easily happen this season with Super Bowl 55 scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021, at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have found their stride in the past two weeks with impressive victories over the Raiders and Packers and are now +650 third-favorites to win Super Bowl 55 at Mybookie.ag.
Two streaking teams meet when the Baltimore Ravens (5-1), winners of three in a row, square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0), who are on a six-game winning streak, on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at M&T Bank Stadium. Pittsburgh is a 3.5-point underdog in the matchup. The point total is set at 46.5 for the outing.
The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a division title since way back in 1989 and their chances of taking the extremely tough AFC North this year got longer on Monday with the news that star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was done for the season with a torn ACL suffered in Sunday’s wild win against Cincinnati. The Browns opened as 2.5-point home favorites on the NFL odds for Week 8 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Oddsmakers project the New England Patriots (2-4) to put up a fight in their attempt to end their three-game losing streak, as they are just 3.5-point underdogs in a matchup against the Buffalo Bills (5-2) on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at New Era Field. The over/under is set at 44.0 for the outing.
With the Cincinnati Bengals already on record as taking former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick and Washington set to nab Ohio State superstar defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick, the question begs to be asked. Will more offensive players be drafted in the first round or will more defensive players be taken in the opening round of the upcoming 2020 NFL draft? Let’s see the matchups and 2020 NFL Draft Odds.
2020 NFL Draft Odds First Round Picks for Offensive, Defensive Players, Big-10, Alabama, Big-12 & Pac-12
In addition to that, let’s find out whether more players from the Big Ten or perennially-powerful Alabama will be picked in the first round. Last, but not least, I’m going to make a prediction on whether the Big 12 or Pac-12 will see more of their players picked in the opening stanza of this year’s draft. With a trio of chances to boost the NFL betting bankroll, let’s get started.
More First Round Picks Offensive vs Defensive Players
- Offensive Players -200
- Defensive Players +150
Headlined by Burrow and Young, I’ve got the top 10 picks in this year’s draft being split evenly among offensive and defensive players, although I have 10 of the first 16 players being picked as offensive prospects. In the end however, I have the opening round featuring a dead-even 16 offensive and defensive players going off the board in Round 1, though I’m leaning toward more offensive players being picked than defensive.
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Offensive Players
More First Round Picks Big-10 vs Alabama
- Big 10 Players -185
- Alabama Players +145
Headed up by former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and followed up quickly by teammate Jeffrey Okudah, I’ve got six Big Ten players going in the opening round to top the 5.5 player total for this wager. As far as the Alabama Crimson Tide are concerned, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be a top 5 pick, while tackle Jedrick Wills will likely go inside the top 10. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and fellow wideout Henry Ruggs will be the next Alabama players taken in the first round while safety Xavier McKinney will be the fifth and final Alabama player to be selected in the first round. Play the Big 10 in this draft odds wager!
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big Ten
2020 NFL Draft Odds More First Round Picks Big-12 vs Pac-12
- Big 12 Players -½ -240
- Pac-12 Players +½ +165
When it comes to the Big 12, Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb leads a group of players from the Big 12 that will go off the board in the opening round. Former Sooners teammate and linebacker Kenneth Murray is expected to go somewhere around the 20th overall selection. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and TCU wideout Jalen Reagor are also projected to go in the opening round, making it four players from the Big 12 to go in Round 1. When it comes to the Pac-12, I’ve got three players going in the opening round, including former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault and USC tackle Austin Jackson. Go with the Big 12 in this one NFL betting buffs!
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big 12
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While Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert are lock first round picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft, it remains to be seen whether the ACC or Pac-12 will see more of their players go off the board in the opening round. Let’s check the 2020 NFL Draft Odds for the First Round Most Picks
2020 NFL Draft Odds More 1st Round Picks AAC, Pac-12, Big 12, LSU & Alabama
In keeping with the theme of which conference will see more players picked in the first round, I’m also going to examine whether the ACC will see more of their players picked in Round 1 or whether the Big 12 could beat them out in this draft odds wager. Last, but not least, I’m going to offer up an expert prediction on whether defending national champion LSU will see more of their players picked in the opening round than perennially-powerful SEC rival Alabama. Now, let’s get started.
More First Round Picks AAC vs Pac-12
- ACC Players -½ -130
- Pac-12 Players +½ +100
If there were more linebacker needy teams in the 2020 NFL draft, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons could very well have been the top overall pick in this year’s draft. The do-it-all ‘freak of nature’ is a lock top 10 pick and he’ll be joined as an opening round pick by teammate and wide receiver Tee Higgins, a late round pick projection. Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton is easily a top 15 selection, but that’s it from the ACC.
The Pac-12 conference hasn’t produced a ‘real’ national championship hopeful in quite some time, but the conference will see Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert become a top 10 pick while speedy Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault will also go off the board in the opening round, somewhere between the 20th and 28th overall picks. My third and final Pac-12 player to be picked in the opening round is USC tackle Austin Jackson, possibly to Miami with the 26th overall pick. Play the Pac-12 at +½ to narrowly win this wager.
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Pac-12
More First Round Picks Big 12 vs AAC
- Big 12 Players -½ -150
- ACC Players +½ +120
Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb should be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft (sorry Jerry Jeudy). Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray is also expected to go in the middle portion of the first round while TCU wideout Jalen Reagor and TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock are also expected to go off the board in the opening round. In the ACC, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons will go inside the top 10 and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton will go off the board shortly thereafter. Fleet-footed Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins should go off the board later in the first round to give the conference three players picked in the first round. Go with the Big 12 to scratch out the narrow win in this draft odds wager.
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big 12
More 2020 NFL Draft First Round Picks LSU vs Alabama
- LSU Players +½ -180
- Alabama Players -½ +140
A pair of quarterbacks will highlight LSU and Alabama’s 2020 NFL draft as Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa both go off the board inside the top five picks. LSU will also see linebackers Patrick Queen and K’Lavon Chaisson drafted in the opening round as well as wide receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit, making it five Tigers being selected in the opening stanza. For Alabama, I’m expecting tackle Jedrick Wills, wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs and safety Xavier McKinney to all join Tagovailoa as first round selections, making it five former Crimson Tide players to go off the board in the opening round. Back the LSU Tigers +½ here!
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: LSU
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While former Georgia running back D’Andre Swift is widely expected to be the first running back taken in the 2020 NFL draft, I think it’s possible that some team could go for former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor instead. When it comes to the wide receiver position, the latest mock drafts have changed their tune a bit. After former Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy was expected to be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft, now many believe it could be former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb. Last, but not least, while former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs is largely regarded as the top offensive lineman in this year’s draft, there’s also a trio of elite offensive linemen that could surprise as the top o-lineman selected in this 2020 NFL draft. With all of that said, let’s find out which running back, wide receiver and offensive lineman will be selected first in the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft Odds.
Running Back, Wide Receiver and Offensive Linemen 2020 NFL Draft Odds Predictions
First Running Back NFL Odds
- D’Andre Swift -150
- Jonathan Taylor +150
- JK Dobbins +650
- Field +800
D’Andre Swift rushed for a career-high 1,218 yards with seven scores this past season at Georgia after totaling 1,049 yards and 10 scores in 2018. Lamb added 24 catches for 216 yards and one score in 2019 and NFL executives like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Still, for me, I believe that former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor is the better running back and should be picked as such in this year’s draft. Taylor rushed for a whopping 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017. The following year, Taylor racked up 2,194 rushing yards and 16 scores before putting up 2,003 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this past season. During his three-year stay at Wisconsin Taylor broke several collegiate records, including Herschel Walker’s most rushing yards through their junior seasons. Taylor also has rushed for over 200 yards in a single game 12 times to break a tie with a trio of former collegiate greats Marcus Allen (USC), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin) and Ricky Williams (Texas). Taylor also added a carer-high 26 receptions out of the backfield after catching just eight passes in each of his previous two seasons. Unfortunately for Taylor though, he’s still going to be the second back picked, possibly by Baltimore with the 28t overall pick while projections say Swift could go at No. 18 to Miami. All I know is that, in five years, everyone will be asking how so many teams blew it on Taylor.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: D’Andre Swift
First Wide Receiver NFL Odds
- CeeDee Lamb -105
- Jerry Jeudy -115
- Henry Ruggs +500
- Field +1500
Former Alabama star Jerry Jeudy caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 after hauling in 68 passes for1,315 yards yards and 14 scores in 2018. The 6-1, 192-pound wideout ran a modest 4.45 40 at the NFL combine Catching passes from Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts the last three seasons at Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb racked up a whopping 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns. This past season, Lamb hauled in 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 scores while leading the nation in yards per catch (21.4). Lamb ran a 4.5 40 at the NFL combine, but many experts believe he’s the more explosive and sure-handed receiver than Jeudy in this draft. While I like Jerry Jeudy, I genuinely believe that CeeDee Lamb is the better player and that he should go off the board as the first receiver taken in this year’s NFL draft.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: CeeDee Lamb
First Offensive Lineman NFL Odds
- Tristan Wirfs +110
- Mekhi Becton +150
- Jedrick Wills +350
- Andrew Thomas +1100
- Field +1500
While Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas are all expected to be selected in the first round of the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft, by all accounts, no offensive tackle is going to be picked before former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs. If you missed this year’s NFL combine, then you missed a helluva’ show put on by Wirffs. The 6-foot-5 320-pound tackle put up 24 bench presses at the combine, but that’s just a start. What makes Wirffs so special is his freakish athleticism. During the vertical jump, Wirfs recorded a 36.5′ vertical that is a new combine record for an offensive lineman and one that is better than the aforementioned Ceedee Lamb (34.5) and Jerry Jeudy (35). Last, but not least, Wirffs also recorded a stellar 10’1 broad jump that tied the combine record set by Kolton Miller for an offensive lineman. Hell, if Wirffs isn’t the first offensive lineman take (he will be) the Giants (No. 4) will be looking for another new GM at some point in the immediate future.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: Tristan Wirfs
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If you’re an NFL football fan and betting enthusiast that is looking forward to potentially cashing in on the plethora of NFL Draft odds in the Mybookie.ag sportsbook, then consider your ticket punched. Thanks to the expert predictions that you’re about to get, you’re going to be able to boost your chances of cashing in on a trio of draft odds wagers. Now, let’s find out how many players from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences will be selected in the first round before I offer up a bold prediction on just how many players from the perennially-powerful Clemson Tigers will be picked in the opening round. With all of that said, let’s get down to business.
Big 10, Big 12, Clemson 2020 NFL Draft Odds
Total Big Ten Players Drafted In First Round
- Over 5.5 -170
- Under 5.5 +130
Let’s get started by saying that Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, along with Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs, will all likely be top five picks in this year’s draft. Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa are also sure-fire first round selections. Several mock drafts also have Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette going off the board as the last pick in the first round, but even if he doesn’t get selected, I’ve got six Big Ten players going in the opening round to top the 5.5 player total for this wager.
2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over 5.5 Players
Total Big 12 Players Drafted In First Round
- Over 3.5 +190
- Under 3.5 -240
When it comes to the Big 12, Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is expected to go to some receiver-needy team before the 15th overall pick while former teammate and linebacker Kenneth Murray is expected to go somewhere around the 20th overall selection. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and TCU wideout Jalen Reagor will almost assuredly join them as the third and fourth Big 12 players selected in the first round, somewhere around the 25th and 30th overall picks respectively.
Total Clemson Players Drafted In First Round
- Over 1.5 -240
- Under 1.5 +190
Linebacker Isaiah Simmons will almost assuredly be a top 10 pick while wide receiver Tee Higgins is expected to go somewhere before the 25th pick. Cornerback A.J. Terrell and guard John Simpson are both expected to be second round picks, so this wager looks like a piece of cake to me as Simmons and Higgins both go off the board in Round 1. Play the Over!
2020 NFL Draft Odds Pick: Over Pick 1.5