Sometimes the best way to start your handicapping is to figure out which teams are sure to lose. With that in mind, check out a list of NFL squads that are almost guaranteed to lose their first game of the season. Let’s get right to it so you can continue planning your bets against their NFL odds.
Sure Losers for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Regular Season
2021 NFL Season – Week 1
- When: Thursday, Sep.9 – Monday, Sep.13
Sure NFL Losers for Week 1
The Steelers won’t be a terrible team, but because they’ve got the toughest schedule in the NFL, they may not win enough games to make the playoffs. A Week 1 loss is all but assured because Pittsburgh plays the Bills in Buffalo. NFL MVP favorite Josh Allen should dominate Pittsburgh’s defense.
One of the favorites to win the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers, head to Motor City to take on the Lions in Week 1. Detroit breaks in a new quarterback, Jared Goff, and is in rebuild mode. The Lions have no shot.
Surprised? Don’t be. Seattle has a big advantage with quarterback Russell Wilson. But the Colts aren’t in dire straits with Carson Wentz. More importantly, the Seahawks allowed 285 passing yards last season. Wentz should dominate the Hawks’ secondary.
New York Jets
In Week 1, the Jets face the Carolina Panthers and former quarterback Sam Darnold. Panthers’ coach Matt Rhule believes Darnold is the answer. If he’s right, Sam should light up a bad Jets’ defense. Yes, Zach Wilson should become a good pro. But he’s a rookie facing an underrated defense on the road in his first NFL start.
New England Patriots
Sure, New England takes on rival Miami at home. And, yes, the Patriots made some big changes on both offense and defense. But New England will either start Cam Newton or Mac Jones at quarterback. Jones is a rookie and Newton failed in 2020. Miami starts Tua Tagovailoa, who should play better in his second season because the Fins drafted one of Tua’s favorite targets at Alabama, Jaylen Waddle.
Green Bay Packers
Even if for some strange reason Aaron Rodgers and the Packers decide to get copasetic before the season starts, the Pack will fall to the Saints in Week 1. Sean Payton will have no trouble coaching Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston or both. The Saints’ defense should be just as good this season as last season, the offensive line didn’t change, and Alvina Kamara and Michael Thomas should both be one-hundred percent.