The NFL free agent season is in the rearview and the draft is done and dusted. We now have a pretty solid idea of what teams will look like in the coming season, but let’s not forget that June 1st is also right around the corner. That is when the new league season officially begins, which means we will see more players move between then and the start of training camps. There are still some big-name QB’s out there who could be on the move, with Aaron Rodgers at the top of that list, so we might yet see some teams make massive upgrades before all is said and done. All we can do now is look at the moves already made and make predictions as to which poor teams from last season might take a step forward this year. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at our updated NFL betting predictions for the upcoming season so you can keep planning your bets against their NFL odds.
Which of the worst teams could turn out to be a good NFL bet this 2021 season?
Before he picked up a season ending injury, it had become clear that the Cincinnati Bengals had their QB of the future in Joe Burrow. What that injury showed, was that he needed some protection, not to mention a few weapons to help him out. With 10 picks in the draft, the Bengals achieved all of that and more, as well as picking up some very valuable pieces in free agency. Just like that, the AFC North looks set to become a powerhouse again, with the Bengals looking like they might just be able to compete with the big boys.
New York Jets
After finishing last season with a 2-14 record, the only way the Jets can go is up. By the time the free agency period basically came to an end, the Jets used up a good chunk of their available cap space to improve in a variety of different positions. They moved out QB Sam Darnold and drafted Zach Wilson out of BYU, while also getting some O-line help and a couple of potential weapons for their new QB. We are not suggesting that they are going to suddenly challenge the Buffalo Bills in the East, but they are going to be a whole lot better this coming season.
New York Giants
Yes, the Giants came close to a playoff spot last season, but that was only because they were in the worst division in football in 2020. Still, their 6-10 record, which they achieved without RB Saquon Barkley for the majority of the season, suggested that they were perhaps not that far away from being competitive. They got the ball rolling by adding some great pieces in free agency, while also delivering a very solid set of draft picks. It would appear as though all of their major holes have been filled, so look for them to challenge for the NFC East this coming season.
This is basically our first real look ahead at the 2021 NF season, but it will not be our last. There are more moves to come, as well as the usual spate of injuries in preseason. We will continue to update and make predictions all the way to the opening kick-off of the new season, so be sure to keep checking in.