NFL Football Betting Preview for Superbowl 53. Let’s just make a Noteworthy point to start off the discussion of the Green Bay Packers 14-1 making it to Superbowl 53. If your betting football & didn’t bet the futures at 14-1 early in the Season (which is now): If the Green Bay Packers are sitting at 7-3 or Better with 6 games remaining, BET ON THEM to WIN SUPERBOWL 53.
GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Season Win Total Odds:
BetOnline: 10.5 (+165/-190)
5Dimes: 10 (+120/-140)
Last season was a sobering one for the Green Bay Packers. The team lost Aaron Rodgers in Week 6 to a broken collar bone. Adding insult to injury was the team that knocked him out – the Minnesota Vikings – went on to win the NFC North and get all the way to the NFC title game where it lost in ugly fashion to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. It marked the second straight year and third in the last five that a team from the division played in the final conference game of the season.
When the dust cleared, Green Bay had suffered it’s first losing season since 2008 and learned once again just how important Aaron Rodgers is to the franchise’s success. Still, linemakers expect Green Bay to catapult themselves back into prominence and give the division rival a run for their money for division honors.
A healthy Rodgers means that the oddsmakers are high on the Packers’ chances. The Packers are +800 to win the NFC Championship and +1400 to win the Super Bowl at BetOnline. If you like Green Bay’s chances at beating out Minnesota for the NFC North, the best place to bet on them to win the division is at BetOnline. The Packers are +160 to win the division there.
The Packers should be able to start strong given their schedule. Green Bay’s toughest opponent in that stretch will be Minnesota in Week 2, but that is the only one of their first five opponents that the oddsmakers believe will finish with a winning record in 2018. They are favored in each of those first five games.
The middle of the schedule is much tougher. From mid-October to the end of November, the Packers face a very tough slate. There is only 1 game they should definitely win, home against the Dolphins, while they must travel to @Rams, @Patriots, @Seahawks, and @Vikings. Fortunately, they have a bye week to break it up, but that is a brutal stretch. If Green Bay can get through that at .500 or better, home field advantage might be in the cards. The slate in December is laughably easy and anything less than 4-1 there would be a disappointment.
Although there are worries about the running game and the defense, we like Green Bay to definitely win more than 10 games. Since 2009, Rodgers has led the Packers to at least 10 wins in every season that he has started at least 15 games. That’s an awfully impressive streak, and not willing to bet against him as long as he is healthy. This is a league where quarterbacks reign supreme, and Rodgers is the best in the NFC. He will have Green Bay gunning for a spot in the Super Bowl.
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Green Bay Packers Football Schedule
|6||10/15/18||San Francisco (MNF)||-4|
|7||10/21/18||@ LA Rams||+3|
|9||11/4/18||@ New England||+6|
|11||11/15/18||@ Seattle (TNF)||-1|
|16||12/23/18||@ NY Jets||-6|
Season Win Total Odds:
BetOnline: 9½ (+160/-180)
5Dimes: 8½ (-145/+125)
Houston has one of the more exciting teams entering the 2018 season. With Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, their offense is all about fireworks and that’s a big reason they are +2000 to win the Super Bowl. The popularity has caused the Texans to be favored to win the AFC South at +180 over at Skybook and right now expectations couldn’t be any higher for a team that just went 4-12 last season. Only the Patriots and Steelers have a better chance to get to win the conference, as Houston is already at +800 to get to the Super Bowl at BetOnline. While Deshaun Watson only played in six games before tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice, he sparked the Texans’ offense with the team carrying a 35-point average in games he played against Cincinnati, New England, Tennessee, Kansas City, Cleveland and Seattle. If they can keep Watson healthy all year, there’s no question that Houston will be able to play with anybody thanks to a potent offense.
This is going to be a tough season to predict. If Watson and JJ Watt stay healthy and play the entire season, this could be one of the best teams in the NFL. We wish they would have upgrade their running back situation, but Lamar Miller is good enough to create a successful offense.
Fortunately for Houston, Jadeveon Clowney finally played all 16 games for the first time in his career and he blossomed into the player you saw at South Carolina. His rare length and power combined with the speed he has for his size is simply unfair for opponents. His return from microfracture surgery has been a huge success story with how many different positions he’s playing and how fast he’s flying around the field. He’s truly a force of nature that commands a double team. If JJ Watt can return to just a piece of what he was, there’s a chance the Texans could have one of the best pass rushing units in the league. Combine that with a potent Offense and More than Capable and above average coaching – you get a Superbowl Contender!
The world will be betting the Over alongside you but if DeShaun Watson stays healthy for a 16-game slate, there’s good reason to believe the Texans could finish 10-6 or even better with the offense pouring on the points while the opposition simply won’t be able to keep up.
Best case is that JJ Watt returns to form, Jadeveon Clowney builds on last season’s breakout performance and their secondary gels with the additions of Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Aaron Colvin from Jacksonville and rookie safety Justin Reid out of Stanford. Possibly one of the more underrated returns on the roster is Whitney Mercilus who logged 37.5 sacks in his first five seasons going into 2017 but was lost for the year after he tore his pectoral in week five. The front seven could look drastically different in 2018 and if all three of their best pass rushers make it all the way through to week 17, there’s a great chance that Houston will fix their league worst points allowed from last year.
Houston Texans Football Schedule
|1||9/9/18||@ New England||+7|
|15||12/15/18||@ NY Jets (Sat)||+1|
Green Bay 35 Houston Texans 30
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