If you’re an NFL betting enthusiast that wants to know which teams are most likely to have winning seasons that end up in postseason appearances – and accompanying opportunities to win Super Bowl 50, then you’ve come to the right place!
Thanks to this fun-filled, yet expert MyBookie.ag NFL betting analysis of my top handful of teams to reach the playoffs for the upcoming 2015 NFL regular season, you’re going to have a great idea of just which teams to keep an eye on against their season-long 2015 Super Bowl Futures Odds.
With the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaching, let’s get the ball rolling on this expert betting breakdown.
In Like Flynn!
I like all of the following teams to reach the postseason in the AFC in 2015.
New England Patriots
Unless Tom Brady gets injured, the Patriots (12-4 SU, 0-7 ATS) are a virtual lock to reach the postseason in 2015. Now, if they can break the decade-long drought of repeat champions is another story all together.
The Colts (11-5 SU, 10-5-1 ATS) are looking good heading into the 2015 regular season, with the only question in my mind being whether or not they can overcome the vexing combination of the aforementioned Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
When you’ve got Peyton Manning leading your team, you’re almost guaranteed to win double digit games each season. No doubt, the Broncos (12-4 SU, 8-8 ATS) will again in 2015, but Denver’s upcoming campaign is all about what happens once they get to the postseason.
Cincinnati, Pittsburgh or Baltimore?
Pittsburgh (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS), Cincinnati (10-5-1, 8-7-1 ATS) and Baltimore (10-6, 7-8-1 ATS) all reached the playoff last season in the competitive AFC North and from where I’m sitting, I like all three to possibly do so again in 2015.
Brawl for it All!
Kansas City, San Diego or Houston?
The Chiefs (9-7 SU, 10-6 ATS), Chargers (9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS) and Texans (9-7 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) all narrowly missed out on earning a postseason berth in 2014, but it’s quite conceivable that all three could win one more game than they did a year ago to sneak in.
The bottom line here is which team do you have more faith in the Chiefs’ combination of Andy Reid and Alex Smith, San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates or Houston’s Bill O’Brien and J.J. Watt?
Okay, now that the AFC is out of the way, let’s move on to the NFC.
The Seahawks (12-4 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) will have plenty of motivation after coming up just short of repeating as league champs in Super Bowl 49 and I see no reason why they won’t be one of the top two or three teams Super Bowl title contenders in 2015.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers (12-4 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) are my No. 2 pick to win Super Bowl 50. Green Bay has the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers and one of the best head coaches in Mike McCarthy. Green Bay should be locked in a season-long battle with Detroit for the NFC North division crown, but I like the Pack to pull away late.
The Eagles (10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS) have been pretty successful in Chip Kelly’s two seasons and I expect them to improve a bit to 11 or 12 wins. If the Birds can get some stability at quarterback, the Eagles could really soar.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints (7-9 SU, 6-10 ATS) had a down year in 2014 and will be looking to get back to being a double-digit winner in 2015 and I think they’ll just about get there in 2015. The fact of the matter is that when you have an elite quarterback like Drew Brees, you’re always going to have a chance to record double-digit victories.
The Lions (11-5 SU, 7-9 ATS) have a plethora of talent and they’ll be another year wiser thanks to the leadership of no-nonsense head coach Jim Caldwell. I can see the Lions winning 10 games and making another postseason appearance in 2015.
I genuinely believe the Cowboys (12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS) overachieved a bit in winning a dozen games in 2014, but I also like the ‘Boys to compile a double-digit win total in 2015 as well, even if they do take a slight step backwards with their SU and ATS numbers.
The Panthers (7-8-1 SU, 8-8 ATS) have an outstanding defense that will keep them in their fair share of games. If Cam Newton can stay healthy and as aggressive as he was over the final six weeks of the 2014 season, the Panthers could be back in NFC title contention in 2015.
It Could Happen!
Each of these NFC playoff hopefuls should have a chance to record a winning record in 2015 and reach the postseason.
San Francisco 49ers
While I do believe the Niners (8-8 SU, 6-9-1 ATS) are going to take a slight step backwards without Jim Harbaugh leading them, San Francisco still has plenty of roster talent on both sides of the ball.
I personally believe the Cardinals (11-5 SU, 11-5 ATS) are going to take a step backwards to about nine wins in 2015 and possibly eight. A banged-up and quickly-aging Carson Palmer may not be ready to start the season and genius defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has bolted to take over as the top man for the Jets. Still, something tells me the Cards could surprise.
With an elite quarterback in Matt Ryan and some gifted skill position players like receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, it’s all about the defense for the Falcons (6-10 SU, 7-9 ATS). If they play some decent defense, they could reach the postseason. If not, then another 6-10 campaign could be in store for the once Dirty Birds of Atlanta.
The Vikings (7-9 SU, 10-6 ATS) got an absolute steal by nabbing quarterback teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick in the first round. Now, after winning seven games a year ago, could the Vikes challenge for a playoff berth?