If you’re looking to get an early jump on your 2018 NFL Betting campaign and you’re looking for wagers that are about as close to a ‘sure thing’ as it gets, then look no further! I’ve got seven great props odds picks that all have the look of virtual locks that you can wager on right now, even if it will take you a bit of time to actually cash in on!
Okay, with that said, let’s get to my seven expert picks. My first three NFL props odds picks for the 2018 season are all Over/Under win total picks and they all have the look of virtual locks!
7 NFL Betting Props That Should Be Money in the Bank for 2018 Season
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) 23 de mayo de 2018
Green Bay Packers Win Total 10.5
The Green Bay Packers will have Aaron Rodgers back on the field in 2018 and that alone means they’ll have a chance to reach the playoffs this coming season. However, with the Pack clearly falling behind Minnesota in terms of conference supremacy and no matter how I look at it, I just don’t see the packers reaching 11 victories in 2018.
I see road losses looming against the Lions, Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, and Vikings while also suffering a home loss against Atlanta and possibly, the Vikings and Niners as well. Outside of the phenomenal Rodgers, Green Bay has a lot of question marks all over the place that will leave them with 10 wins maximum and likely 9.
Cincinnati Bengals Win Total 5.5
The Bengals decided to bring back longtime head coach Marvin Lewis and I believe that was a smart move seeing as how Cincy won seven games last season while closing out the 2017 campaign by winning two straight and four of their last seven. The Bengals even kept the division rival Baltimore Ravens out of the postseason by winning their regular-season finale in Baltimore 31-27.
The Bengals, because of their continuity and the fact that talented second-year players like Joe Mixon and John Ross will be a lot better in 2018, are an absolute lock to record six wins in 2018.
Kansas City Chiefs Win total 7.5
Well, change is in the air for the Kansas City Chiefs with veteran quarterback Alex Smith out and second-year signal-caller Patrick Mahomes the new starter for Andy Reid. While Mahomes could suffer some growing pains, I don’t suspect they’ll be nearly as bad as it would have been had Mahomes been thrown into the fire as a rookie last season. With the strong-armed signal-caller sitting and learning and having one of the best offensive minds to guide him in Reid, I think it’s a lock that Kansas City goes at least 8-8 in 2018.
I’ve got the Chiefs winning in Week 3 at home against San Francisco before going on to win in Weeks 7 through 10 by beating the Bengals, Broncos, Browns, and Cardinals. Kansas City then records victories in three of their final four games against Baltimore and the division rivals the Chargers and Raiders to close out the season with eight wins minimum, so the NFL Betting pick here is Over.
Will Baker Mayfield start any game during 2018-19 regular season?
- Yes -400
- No +310
There’s a reason why the ‘yes’ selection is going to cost you -$400 and it’s because Mayfield will almost assuredly start at least one game for Cleveland this coming season. While I like veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor and I believe his signing was a stroke of genius for a team that is looking for leadership, the fact of the matter is that Mayfield is the most NFL-ready rookie quarterback in the draft and one that should be ready to start at least a handful of games by, let’s say, Week 10.
If Cleveland is something like 4-6 after 10 games, Mayfield will start in preparation for next season and beyond. If the Browns are something like 7-3 after 10 games with a shot at the playoffs, then he’ll sit on the bench, but that scenario is highly unlikely. Go with the ‘Yes’ here NFL Betting enthusiasts!
Will Sam Darnold start any game during 2018-19 regular season?
- Yes -350
- No +280
I have no idea why the ‘Yes’ selection is a -350 pick, seeing as how the Jets have two veterans that will almost assuredly see every start this season in Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown. Then again, it’s the Jets, so…we’ll see, but my NFL Betting pick here is ‘No’ Darnold won’t see a single start.
Will Josh Rosen start any game during 2018-19 regular season?
- Yes -400
- No +310
With longtime starter Carson Palmer hanging up his cleats, the Cardinals will have a new starting quarterback in veteran Sam Bradford in 2018. However, if you know anything about the oft-injured and fragile Bradford, then you know it’s almost a lock that first round draft pick Josh Rosen will see a handful of starts this coming season. Plus, there are many people that believe Rosen was the No. 1 quarterback in the draft, including the aforementioned Palmer.
“Until you start getting hit in the mouth, you don’t know how good a player can be,” Palmer hedged. “After watching Josh’s film — I had more fun watching his college film more than probably any other quarterback in the last decade or so. There’s no doubt he’s tough and I think he’ll be able to hold up and take it, but until that starts happening, it’s just too early to start hyping a guy up too much and talking about him too much in just OTAs. His college film was phenomenal. I don’t see a big drop-off in his success on the football field in the NFL.”
Will Saquon Barkley rush for 1,000 yards during the 2018-19 regular season?
- Yes -130
- No +100
The Giants have a new head coach in Pat Shurmur and I believe it’s a virtual lock that the supremely gifted Barkley rushes for 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2018. I mean, it’s kind of hard seeing Barkley not rushing for 1,000 yards just knowing how athletically blessed he is. Widely-respected former NFL GM Gil Brandt wrote this about Barkley just after this year’s NFL Draft.
Barkley is the best skill player I’ve graded since 1960, with Bo Jackson being the second-best. Everything about him, statistically speaking, is encouraging. He reminds me a lot of Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson – Gil Brandt
After watching Barkley finish his career at my beloved Penn State with 3,843 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns to go along with 1,195 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, I can see Shurmur and Eli Manning getting the ball to Barkley early and often in 2018 to both, take some pressure off of the aging Manning to make plays and take advantage of Barkley’s unique gifts, so go with the yes as your NFL Betting pick.