Betting on NFL futures is just a part of the preparation for the new season, right? The kick-off is still far away, but we are pretty excited, so digging in properly and finding the best future bets is just the perfect way to start the summer season.
The 2020 NFL future odds are already available on all top NFL betting sites, and some of them just can’t wait to be picked. Therefore, I bring you the best NFL future bets for the upcoming season.
Buffalo Bills to Win the AFC East at +125
The Patriots dominated and tortured their division rivals for years. They’ve won the AFC East 16 times over the last 17 years! Nobody else has won the AFC East title since 2008 (the Miami Dolphins), and I think the time has come.
Tom Brady left Gillette Stadium in the offseason and moved his talents to Tampa. Bill Belichick is still in charge, but the Pats will have a tall task to replace Brady. Jarrett Stidham will be under center for New England, but that’s not the only problem the Pats will face in 2020.
New England’s receiving corps needs a proper rebuilding, while the Pats’ ground game has been declining over the last few years. When you add the fact that Stidham attempted only four passes in 2019, it’s obvious that the Patriots’ offense doesn’t look terrifying at all.
The Patriots will lean on their tough defense once more, but I think that won’t be enough for another AFC East crown. So, who could finally overthrow the Pats? The Dolphins surely won’t, while the Jets also don’t look capable of completing such a feat, but the Buffalo Bills are definitely my favorites.
First, the Bills have been playing very well under Sean McDermott. Back in 2017, Sean’s first season at the helm, the Bills made it to the postseason, and they did the same last year. Second, the Bills are a very talented team that might be young but is not inexperienced anymore.
Josh Allen enters his third NFL season and is showing remarkable improvement. Last year, he led Buffalo to a 10-6 record, tossing for 3089 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while scoring nine touchdowns on his own. Allen is already one of the best signal-callers in the AFC.
Furthermore, the Bills’ ground game is among the best in the league, while they acquired Stefon Diggs to reinforce their receiving corps. Now, the Bills’ offensive unit looks very dangerous, which is quite important after scoring only 19.6 points per game in 2019.
However, the Bills will lean on their defense that is undoubtedly one of the best in football. Last year, they finished second in points allowed per contest (16.2), right behind the New England Patriots.
Finally, the Bills will be fired up to prove their worth. They haven’t won the division title since 1995. The Bills have been a losing team for a long time, and I believe they will make a huge comeback in 2020.
Dallas Cowboys to Win the NFC East at +100
The Cowboys are coming off a painful season. They were leading the NFC East for most of the year but still failed to win the title and clinch the playoff berth. The Boys decided to split ways with Jason Garrett, which is an excellent decision, in my opinion, while hiring Mike McCarthy looks like another good move.
We should see a two-team race in the NFC East. The Washington Redskins and New York Giants are both mediocre teams, at the very least, so the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will battle for the division title once again.
Last year, the Eagles surpassed the Boys thanks to a 17-9 home win in Week 16.
This term, the Eagles could struggle a lot, considering their thin receiving corps and pretty unconvincing backfield. And it’s not like they didn’t struggle in 2019.
On the other side, the Cowboys should improve a lot under Mike McCarthy. Dak Prescott will have to prove his worth to the team, as the Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on him. And Dak had plenty of ups and downs this past season.
Prescott can count on some terrific wide receivers, including Amari Cooper, and the Cowboys decided to draft CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the 2020 draft to give Dak another potent playmaker.
Of course, don’t forget about Ezekiel Elliott, who’s coming off another Pro-Bowl season.
All in all, the Cowboys’ offensive unit looks much better than the Eagles’. Dallas’ offensive line shouldn’t be a problem, although the Eagles can brag with a solid O-line, too. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles could have a slight advantage over the Cowboys, but Dallas should really win a couple more games than Philadelphia.
Also, I like the Boys’ strength of schedule. They welcome Atlanta, Cleveland, Arizona, and Pittsburgh, which are all winnable contests. This time, Dallas hosts Philadelphia in Week 16, while the Cowboys’ season finale comes at the New York Giants.
On the other side, the Eagles welcome Cincinnati in Week 3, but they will also host the Rams, Ravens, Seahawks, and Saints while visiting San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Arizona, and Green Bay.
Baltimore Ravens to Win the AFC North at -225
The odds on the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North in 2020 are not tempting at all, but I don’t see who will stop them from retaining the crown. The Cleveland Browns? They will be an interesting team to watch this season, but unlike their offense, the Browns’ D is nowhere near the required standards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers? Well, their defense is excellent. It should be, at least, considering last season’s performance and who’ll play in 2020. Big Ben returns from a shoulder injury, but the rest of the Steelers’ offense is pretty questionable.
Now, you have to know that every future bet is a massive risk, especially in the NFL. You never know who will struggle with injuries, and some teams will be ruined by injury problems.
Both Baltimore and Pittsburgh are good teams, capable of winning nine or ten games. But the Ravens will win more if they stay healthy or most of their best players avoid serious injuries, including the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.
The strength of schedule is what I like the most about the Ravens. They play the NFC East, hosting the Giants and Cowboys while visiting the Redskins and Eagles. Baltimore will play the AFC South, too, welcoming Tennessee and Jacksonville while heading to Indianapolis and Houston.
The remaining two opponents are difficult, as Baltimore hosts Kansas City in Week 3 and visits New England in Week 10, but that’s just enough to label the Ravens’ schedule as an easy one. Their ultimate three matchups of the 2020 season will see the Giants and Jaguars at home and the Bengals on the road.
The Ravens will have a target on their back after going 14-2 last season. This time, everybody will be much more prepared for Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s ground game, but that’s not bothering me. The Ravens will be highly motivated, looking for their third straight playoff appearance and the first postseason victory in six years.
Tua Tagovailoa Under 19.5 TD at -120
I’m not sure about this one, but I had to share my opinion. Some sportsbooks favor Ryan Fitzpatrick at -278 to start for the Dolphins in Week 1. The bookies are obviously pretty sure that Tua will have to wait for his chance, although that won’t necessarily take too long.
Still, Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to three wins in the final five games of the 2019 season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him under center. Fitzpatrick started in 13 of his 15 appearances this past regular season, throwing for 20 touchdowns.
So, Tua will have to replicate Fitzpatrick’s season to surpass the line at 19.5 touchdowns. In case Tua gets his first start in Week 2, that would be exactly 15 games at his disposal. I don’t think Tagovailoa will play 15 games for the Dolphins this season, but I might be wrong.
Anyway, I believe the Dolphins will have a shaky season. They averaged 19.1 points per game last year, and I don’t expect to see much more from their offense in 2020.
The Dolphins scored 22 times through the air in 2019 and added 10 rushing touchdowns. Therefore, I think there’s value on the under here.