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Six Most Intriguing Bets Heading to the 2021 NFL Season

By Hank Blaine

The start of the 2021 NFL regular season – remember it’s now 17 games instead of 16, so that will affect a lot of player props and win totals – is now less than four weeks away. Let’s take a look at six intriguing win total bets. Be sure to check out the latest 2021 NFL Preseason odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.

Washington Football Team

It surprises this writer that the under is a -120 favorite. Washington won seven games and the NFC East last year and pushed the eventual Super Bowl champion Bucs nearly to the limit in a wild-card loss. The defense may well be the NFL’s best behind reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young. WFT’s 2020 defense was 11th in yards per rush (4.3), tied for third in yards per pass (6.0), third in opponent passer rating (81.4), and tied for fifth in scoring defense. Running back Antonio Gibson and receiver Terry McLaurin are rising stars. It all comes down to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick – assuming he can hold off Taylor Heinicke as the starter. If Fitzpatrick can simply not turn the ball over, Washington will go over 8.5 wins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’ve read about numerous bettors at various sportsbooks wagering on the Bucs to finish 17-0. That’s ridiculous. All everyone remembers is the run to the Super Bowl, but the Bucs looked very average at times during their 11-5 regular season – the Saints kicked their ass twice. At some point, Tom Brady is going to start regressing; honestly, he did at times in the 2020 regular season. Tampa Bay was fortunate with injuries last year. That often isn’t the case in consecutive seasons. I like under here.

New York Giants

The Giants could be a sleeper in the NFC East after finishing 6-10 in Coach Joe Judge’s season. The 2021 Giants will have a full season of star running back Saquon Barkley and the team added Pro Bowl receiver Kenny Golladay in the offseason. The defense really improved in the second half of last year. It’s all on the shoulders of talented QB Daniel Jones. When he doesn’t turn the ball over the Giants win. Simple as that. We like over here.

Detroit Lions

The rebuilding Lions are pretty clearly the NFC’s worst roster – only the Houston Texans in the AFC have less overall talent. Jared Goff is a severe downgrade at quarterback from Matthew Stafford and there’s little skill position talent overall – especially with projected No. 1 running back D’Andre Swift already banged up again. The Lions may not be favored once all season and will land under this total.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland finished 11-5 last year, upset Pittsburgh in the wild-card round and nearly upset Kansas City in the divisional round. The 2021 Browns have more talent with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. and a defense that has been fortified in the offseason with the additions of Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley, safety John Johnson, cornerback Troy Hill, tackle Malik Jackson and linebacker Anthony Walker via free agency. This might be the best overall roster in the NFL. Over 10.5 wins.

Miami Dolphins

It’s fairly rare for a team with double-digit wins to miss the playoffs, but the Fins did last year at 10-6. Coach Brian Flores has this team on the rise, and Miami got young QB Tua Tagovailoa some weapons in drafting Alabama speedster Jaylen Waddle at No. 6 overall and signing Texans free-agent WR Will Fuller in free agency. All reports out of camp are that Tua looks much more comfortable in Year 2. The defense is very good. We like over 9.5 wins.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.