Breaking Down the NFL 2019-20 Odds

The 100th season of the National Football League is just a month away and it's time to look at the leading contenders.

It feels like only yesterday that the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII ... but, then again, they win it almost every other year. If the betting odds are any indication, The Pats are once again the top of the NFL picks this season. They are the current leaders in Super Bowl LIV betting, although they'll face a strong challenge from several other teams.

The 2019 NFL season will kick off September 5 with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. It will conclude with the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020, at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. That leaves time for plenty of debate over the betting picks, so let's go.

Patriots Top of Super Bowl Title Odds

As mentioned, the New England Patriots are slight NFL title favorites at this stage. According to the latest Bet365 odds, the Pats are paying 7/1 for the title. That puts them at the front of a tight four-team group with the best title chances. The other major contenders are the LA Rams, 15/2, and Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, both 8/1.

You may have noticed the top four favorites are also the four teams that played off in the conference finals last year. Who else is in contention from outside the current big four? Next in line are the Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and the improving Cleveland Browns on 14/1 apiece. Then come the Indianapolis Colts, 16/1, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, 20/1, and Dallas Cowboys, 22/1.

Down the bottom of the odds, it's clear there won't be home representation at the Super Bowl. The Miami Dolphins are 125/1 to win the Super Bowl on home territory, making them the equal-last contender alongside the Cincinnati Bengals.

The NFL Division to Watch

Each year the spotlight goes onto certain divisions and this year will be no different. Looking over the odds, four divisions look like being nail-biters. Only the New England Patriots in the AFC East, Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West have a clear break on their nearest rivals.

The AFC North is shaping up as a three-way battle between Cleveland, 2.30, Pittsburgh, 2.75, and the Baltimore Ravens, 4.00. In the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs, 1.65, will face plenty of competition from the L.A. Chargers, 2.80. In the NFC East, arch-rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, 1.95, and Dallas Cowboys, 2.40, will battle it out. In the NFC North, it'll be super-tight between three teams: the Chicago Bears, 2.75, Green Bay Packers, 2.85, and Minnesota Vikings, 3.10.

How to Make a Special Team Bet on the NFL

If you're looking for team specials, then you're in luck. A number of online sportsbooks are offering 2019 NFL team futures, including Sports Interaction, which has opened markets on all 32 teams. Each team has been given an over/under in terms of regular season wins.

As an example, the Cleveland Browns over/under has been set at 9.5 wins, something they haven't achieved since 2007. The Patriots' over/under has been set at 11.5, something they failed to achieve in last season's Super Bowl-winning run, but which they did achieve in the previous eight seasons. The San Francisco 49ers are another interesting team, with an over/under of 8.5 wins, which would require a massive improvement on the last couple of seasons.

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