Check List to Help You Get Ready for the 2017 NFL Season

Check List to Help You Get Ready for the 2017 NFL Season

Written by on September 5, 2017

If you’re getting prepared for the upcoming 2017 NFL season and you’re looking for a positive betting campaign (who isn’t?) then you should know that, just like a pilot, there’s a check list of things you need to go over before you just up and ‘take flight.’ Thanks to my expert NFL check list, you’re going to be as prepared for a brand new season than ever before. There are many NFL betting odds & lines to choose from this season. So be sure to check out this list before placing your bets.

Check List to Help You Get Ready for the 2017 NFL Season

Injury Update

One of the very first things you need to know is who’s injured for each game you plan on betting on and who’s healthy. You need to know which players are slightly banged-up and are still playing and just how important their contributions are to their respective teams’ on-field success. For instance, did you know that Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is playing in Week 1 despite not playing all preseason because of an injury? Or maybe you don’t know that the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is questionable because of a sprained ankle he suffered in the preseason? Last but not least, you should now that the Miami Dolphins are now cry-baby Jay Cutler’s team instead of the slightly less uninspiring Ryan Tannehill. Know who’s hurt and who’s questionable for both teams in every game you plan on betting on, not just in Week 1, but all NFL season long.

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Know Your Additions – and Subtractions

Do you know which top-notch veteran free agents changed teams in the offseason? Are you aware of which play-making rookies are set to make consistent contributions to their respective teams this coming NFL season? If you answered ‘Yes’ to either of the aforementioned questions, then good for you. However, if you didn’t stay abreast of which additions – and subtractions – that numerous team made this past offseason then you need to be aware of that because both, additions and subtractions can play a significant role in how every team performs this upcoming NFL season. For example, you should probably know that the Philadelphia Eagles actually have some ‘real’ wide receivers on their roster this year after signing veterans Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. Now, stud, second-year quarterback Carson Wentz could really take off because of his team’s additions. The same goes for Cincinnati who made a major upgrade to their struggling offense from a year ago, except, unlike Philadelphia, the Bengals did it through the draft by nabbing speedy wide receiver John Ross and undeniably gifted running back Joe Mixon with their first two picks. Make sure you’re aware of each team’s significant additions and subtractions before the start of the new Campaign and you’ll be much better off with all of your betting selections.

Who’s Coaching Now

Just like knowing which impact players have either changed teams or been drafted by franchise where they will make consistent contributions right away, you also need to know which teams have hired new head coaches and how those coaching changes will affect their respective teams. I was having a chat a few days ago with a guy that I once considered a fairly knowledgeable football guy – until I informed him that both, the Denver Broncos (Vance Joseph) and Los Angeles Chargers (Anthony Lynn) had, not only both hired new head coaches in the offseason, but the first African-American head coaches in the history of their respective franchises. Don’t go around making the mistake of not knowing which teams made head coaching changes, until you’re one fourth of the way through the new NFL season. Believe it or not, many football bettors make this common mistake whole exerting all of their energy on knowing all about the players.

Offensive or Defensive Team

NFL Season: Outside of the New England Patriots, most teams are known for one or the other. The fact of the matter is that, outside of the New England Patriots, most teams are known for one or the other – either being an ‘offensive-minded’ team like Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders or a ‘defensive-minded franchise like the Baltimore Ravens or Minnesota Vikings. Identify whether a team is an offensive-minded that places a premium on scoring points or a defensive-minded team that places more of an emphasis on stopping their opponents from getting into the end zone. While offense is exciting, remember, it is still defense that wins actual championships.

Who’s Under Center

You probably know the starting quarterback for each team and you should since it’s the most important position on every football team. However, in today’s fast-paced, high-impact and clearly injury-prone era, it’s just as important for you to know who each team’s backup quarterback is. Some teams can lose their starter for a short period of time and get by fine with their backup, like Atlanta with Matt Schaub or Arizona with Drew Stanton. However, if Ben Roethlisberger goes down for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then you need to know they’re a completely different team with Landry Jones taking snaps than they are with their future Hall of Fame signal-caller under center. Know you starting quarterbacks – and their backups – unless you’re talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars and their horrifying signal-callers.

Realistic Expectations

Last but not least, make sure you’ve got realistic expectation for every team you’re betting on or against this coming NFL season. Don’t be like my friend who recently told me he thinks the Miami Dolphins are going to win the AFC East over the perennially powerful New England Patriots, simply because he believes Cutler “has something to prove” to everyone. Always use a logical and analytical approach to your betting method as opposed to some ‘whim’ style of betting depending on how you feel when you wake up each weekend. After going through all the points from the previous check list, make sure to also take a look a the updated odds to win Super Bowl LII as follows:

LATEST SUPER BOWL LII ODDS TO WIN

  • ARIZONA CARDINALS +2000
  • ATLANTA FALCONS +1100
  • BALTIMORE RAVENS +3300
  • BUFFALO BILLS +6500
  • CAROLINA PANTHERS +2000
  • CHICAGO BEARS +8000
  • CINCINNATI BENGALS +3300
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS +10000
  • DALLAS COWBOYS +1000
  • DENVER BRONCOS +2000
  • DETROIT LIONS +4000
  • GREEN BAY PACKERS +800
  • HOUSTON TEXANS +2800
  • INDIANAPOLIS COLTS +4000
  • JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS +5500
  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS +1600
  • LOS ANGELES CHARGERS +5500
  • LOS ANGELES RAMS +8000
  • MIAMI DOLPHINS +4000
  • MINNESOTA VIKINGS +2000
  • NE PATRIOTS +300
  • NEW ORLEANS SAINTS +4000
  • NY GIANTS +1600
  • NEW YORK JETS +12000
  • OAKLAND RAIDERS +1300
  • PHILADELPHIA EAGLES +3300
  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS +900
  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS +12000
  • SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +800
  • TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +2800
  • TENNESSEE TITANS +2800
  • WASHINGTON REDSKINS +4000