Props Hit Board as Camps Approach
Betting on the NFL is shifting into high gear this week as rookies report to training camps. A wide variety of team and player props are already available in NFL online betting, with the focus squarely on regular season team records, who will make this year’s playoffs, and which youngster will emerge as the offensive rookie of the year.
The Seattle Seahawks amassed a 13-3 regular season record in 2013 to win the AFC West before claiming their first Super Bowl title with a 43-8 destruction of the Denver Broncos. However, the Seahawks struggled down the stretch, losing two of their last four regular season games, including a 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 which ended Seattle’s 14-game home winning streak.
Seattle’s total wins in 2014 is pegged at 11 in NFL online betting, with moneyline odds of -115 on both the OVER and the UNDER.
The Broncos meanwhile, sport a total of 11.5 wins in 2014 with the UNDER holding the edge on the moneyline at -130, while the OVER is an EVEN bet.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers were the surprise stories in the NFC in 2013. After starting the season as +550 longshots in NFL football betting to win the NFC South, Carolina won 11 of their last 12 games to win the division. But following the offseason departure of a number of key veterans, the Panthers are once again NFL betting odds longshots; sitting at +200 make the playoffs.
The line on Carolina’s total wins is set at just 8.5, with the OVER a disappointing +120 and the UNDER at -150.
After a 3-5 start to the 2013 season it looked like the Eagles would fulfill their preseason position as one of the NFL betting picks to miss the playoffs. But following a 7-1 second half, the Eagles not only made the playoffs, but also won the NFC East.
Currently a -140 bet to win more than nine games in 2014, the Eagles are a PICK to make the playoffs this season, with odds of -115 that their season could go either way.
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is pegged as the 9/2 favorite to win 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Drafted fourth overall by the Bills, Watkins faces high expectations to have a breakout rookie season. But much of Watkins’ success will hinge on his ability to quickly develop chemistry with Bills QB EJ Manuel, who is entering his NFL sophomore season in 2014.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel trails Watkins with odds of 6/1 in betting on the NFL’s top offensive rookie. Johnny Football will have a lot to prove in his rookie season after seeing his stock drop in the NFL Draft, eventually taken 22nd overall by the Browns, who are +450 longshots to qualify for the 2014 playoffs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans joins Manziel at 6/1. However, Evans will have his work cut out for him at camp to get into game shape after suffering a serious hamstring injury back in May.