Worst Teams that Could Turn into Good NFL Betting Choices
With the new NFL betting season right around the corner, there are a lot of heated talks about the teams that are likely to make the most noise and pay bettors handsomely. And in this regard, teams like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers are expectedly getting plenty of attention in the sportsbooks, especially with the latest odds to win the Super Bowl and rightfully so, going by their years of established merit on the gridiron.
But football being football and the NFL betting being the unpredictable animal it always is, we can say with certainty that the 2017 NFL season is sure to come with its surprises in the form of supposed bad teams punching above their weight due to one reason or another. You know; the type of big performances we saw from the Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year after years of dwelling in the league’s cellar. Keeping that in mind, here is our list of worst teams could turn out to be a good 2017 NFL bet.
Worst Teams that Could Turn into Good NFL Betting Choices
For a team narrowly avoided the 0-16 curse with a lucky 3-point victory against the Chargers, it’s hard to much hope for a big season in 2017. Totally agreed. Even so, the Browns made some really nice additions in the offseason on both sides of the ball, including free agent Brock Osweiler and second-rounder DeShone Kizer to help in solving the quarterback problem that has pained the Cleveland franchise for many years.
And it wasn’t just the QB position; the Browns added some potential game-changers like Kenny Britt in the offense while making some much-needed upgrades in the defense by adding No. 1 pick Myles Garrett and highly-regarded safety Jabril Pepper to team up with the likes of Emmanuel Ogbah and Jamie Collins on the other side of the ball.
Admittedly, there are still plenty of holes to be filled in this team. But if the Browns can get their offense going and work out some chemistry early in the season, 2017 could be a good rebuilding year for Cleveland. We are not talking postseason or Super Bowl ambitions, but rather some competitive football. We could see the Browns go above 4.5 wins and possibly snag a solid number of ATS wins to keep their fans hopeful of a brighter future.
Cleveland Browns Team Statistics
- Offensive total yards: 311.00
- Average Score For: 16.50
- Offensive rush yards: 107.00
- Defensive total yards: 392.44
- Offensive passing yards: 204.00
- Defensive rush yards: 142.75
- Average Score Against: 28.25
- Defensive passing yards: 249.69
Thanks to their 3-13 campaign in 2016, the Jags have now had six straight seasons of winning five or fewer games. It’s probably the reason why most NFL bettors aren’t expecting much out of Jacksonville in 2017. But here’s the thing; the Jags actually had one of the most productive offseasons in 2017, and that could easily translate into some solid value in the NFL betting lines.
At the Front Office, NFL’s worst coach Gus Bradley was fired, and now the Jags have Doug Marrone as their head coach. Marrone was Buffalo’s coach in 2013 and 2014, going 15-17—including the Bills’ first winning season in 10 years in 2014 (9-7). The Jags also brought back Tom Coughlin as Executive VP of football operations. Coughlin, who is the only head coach in the Jacksonville franchise history to post a winning record (the team went 68-60 under him). Alongside Marrone should be huge for the Jags in terms of good coaching personnel.
Offensively, QB Blake Bortles should be able to do a better job, considering the improvements made with the likes of Branden Albert and Earl Watford plugging holes in the O-line and highly-touted rookie Leonard Fournette assisting in backfield. That should give Jacksonville’s receiving corps, who have a legitimate claim of being among the most talented in the NFL in 2017, a chance to maximize on their potential.
Then, in the defense, a healthy Myles Jack alongside two budding defensive stars in Dante Fowler Jr. and Jalen Ramsey should offer sufficient impetus for improvement, especially if other new additions like A.J. Bouye can click into the team quickly.
You add up all that, the Jags could easily break past the 5-win mark and become one of the best teams to bet on in the NFL in 2017.
Jacksonville Jaguars Team Statistics
- Offensive total yards: 334.94
- Average Score For: 19.88
- Offensive rush yards: 101.94
- Defensive total yards: 321.69
- Offensive passing yards: 233.00
- Defensive rush yards: 106.44
- Average Score Against: 25.00
- Defensive passing yards: 215.25
While there are genuine concerns about how the Chargers will adapt to moving into a new city. There are strong reasons to believe that it could all pan out positively for the Chargers. For starters, the Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy and brought it Anthony Lynn—one of the respectable names in the industry.
Being his first gig as a head coach, there are a lot of ifs about him. Nonetheless, but on the basis of his decent job as interim coach at Buffalo, we believe he won’t fall flat on his face like McCoy did repeatedly over the past several seasons.
And in spite of several injury-related and coaching challenges in the offense last year, Philip Rivers decently completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 4,386 yards and 33 touchdowns, with the offense ranking 9th in the league. With better coaching and the likes of Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney drafted along with a solid free agent in Russell Okung added to the O-line, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to expect a better LA Chargers offense in 2017.
In the defense, Gus Bradley has some solid pieces to work with, as he returns to his familiar role as a defensive coordinator. It’s not going to be a walk in the park in the landmine-filled AFC West division, but with a fairly manageable schedule and some new tools to exploit, this L.A. team shouldn’t be counted out in the NFL betting sportsbooks.
LA Chargers Team Statistics
- Offensive total yards: 262.69
- Average Score For: 14.00
- Offensive rush yards: 78.25
- Defensive total yards: 337.00
- Offensive passing yards: 184.44
- Defensive rush yards: 103.75
- Average Score Against: 24.62
- Defensive passing yards: 233.25
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