I know a lot can happen between now and the start of the 2015 NFL season, but it’s never too early to find out all the NFL odds for the next season. NFL training camps open in just two weeks!
The NFL transactions page has been on silent mode lately, but it will ramp up closer to the start of camp. Just keep an eye on that page for big roster changes.
There has been a lot of movement already this offseason, so nearly all the pieces are in place for most teams.
I’m going to look at a few teams’ over/under regular season win totals. A few of the bets are no-brainers and I give a long shot bet prediction that could pay out well if everything goes right.
Is New England a smart play now, even though a ruling hasn’t came down on Tom Brady’s suspension appeal?
Indianapolis Colts – OVER 10 1/2 wins (-170) – We all know the Colts signed veteran receiver Andre Johnson (he still has at least two years left in him), but there were two signings that could impact the Colts even more. They signed linebacker Nate Irving and offensive lineman Todd Herremans to deals this offseason. Irving is coming off ACL surgery, but he will be a run-stopping force. The biggest reason I like Herremans is due to his versatility (he can play four positions on the o-line). The Colts are in the easiest division in football. It would take a catastrophic injury to Andrew Luck for them to not win at least 11 wins.
New England Patriots – OVER 10 wins (-160) – As far as we know right now, Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four regular season games. I expect that suspension to be reduced to at least two games. Even if he is out for four games, I have faith in backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He will do just fine in Brady’s absence. The Patriots have fallen prey to post-Super Bowl slumps after winning a title in the past, but that was over a decade ago. The Pats will win more than 10 games in 2015.
Buffalo Bills – UNDER 8 1/2 wins (+100) – I love Rex Ryan as much as the next guy, but he’s never seems to hire the right guy to run the offense for him. Ryan hired former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, but he was just arrested for punching a young boy. There’s no coming back from that, so the Bills are already behind the eight ball on offense until they hired someone new. They were able to get LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin this offseason, but who will be their quarterback? EJ Manuel hasn’t looked great and Matt Cassel is serviceable, but doesn’t get me excited.
San Francisco 49ers – OVER 7 1/2 wins (+170) – This pick is my long shot. Replacing Jim Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula doesn’t look like an upgrade on paper, but the Niners were clearly tired of Harbaugh treating them like young college kids. Tomsula has been a long-time Niners defensive line coach (he was even interim head coach for one game in 2010). He also cut his teeth in NFL Europe has an assistant and head coach. You will see a huge improvement in overall attitude in San Francisco. As much as X’s & O’s play a huge part in football, if a team hates their head coach, they will quit on you. I believe the Niners quit on Harbaugh last season.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.