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Best Bets For Every NFL Team in 2020

Best Bets For Every NFL Team 2020

As we creep closer to the NFL’s opening kickoff, bettors are getting their funds ready to invest in some season-long bets.

Here at Odds Shark, our writers Stephen Campbell, Scott Hastings and Gilles Gallant have you covered as they’ve studied the numbers and come up with their best bet for each team in the NFL.

Without further ado, here are the guys’ best bets for every NFL team this season.

All odds courtesy of Bovada

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AFC East Best Bets

Written by Gilles Gallant

New England Patriots - Cam Newton OVER 5.5 Rushing Touchdowns (-115)

I know a lot of people think Cam Newton is washed up as we enter the 2020 NFL season, but they need to realize he’s technically the best running back on the Patriots.

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Since 2015, Newton has 25 rushing touchdowns in 42 games and has only fallen short of six touchdowns over the last two seasons because he was battling injuries. Outside of Lamar Jackson, Cam is the best rushing quarterback in the NFL and while it may take until Week 17 to cash this prop, it’s a layup if he stays healthy.

Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen - UNDER 3300 Passing Yards (EVEN)

You could add Randy Moss and Terrell Owens to this squad in their prime and Josh Allen would likely still struggle to pass for 3,300 yards. Last season, he had 3,089 passing yards but he’s more dangerous with his legs than his arm and the Bills still have a tough schedule this season.

I took this prop last year and cashed so I’m going back to the well that he’ll get to the 3,200 passing yard mark and newly acquired WR Stefon Diggs will call him out to the local media before the season ends.

New York Jets - UNDER 6.5 wins (-140)

A bit juicy to take the UNDER on this one but the Jets stink. They traded away their best defensive player in Jamal Adams, and their best linebacker, CJ Mosley, has opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

QB Sam Darnold has yet to prove he’s worthy of the starting gig since being drafted and the Jets’ schedule is feisty. Would honestly take the UNDER even if it was listed at 5.5.

Miami Dolphins - To Finish 3rd in AFC East (+220)

Say what you will about the Miami Dolphins (I know I have) but they’ve been stockpiling assets and retooling for the last few seasons and may be formidable down the road. Do I think they can win the AFC East in 2020? Hell no! But, I do think they can surpass the Jets for third place in the division, which is essentially what this comes down to.

The Dolphins finished last season only one game behind the Jets in the division and improved while the Jets regressed. On paper, the Dolphins’ schedule is much better than the Jets’ and they should be able to get to at least six wins. I think the Jets will struggle to get to five, so take the Fins to finish third and thank me later.

AFC North Best Bets

Written by Stephen Campbell

Pittsburgh Steelers - OVER 775.5 receiving yards for Diontae Johnson (-115)

No NFL organization drafts wide receivers like the Steelers, and Pittsburgh appears to have found another gem in second-year wideout Diontae Johnson.

The season-ending injury to Ben Roethlisberger made the rotating cast of QBs a nightmare for bettors and fantasy players alike, but Johnson still managed to finish the year with 680 receiving yards and five TDs. With a healthy Big Ben in tow, expect Johnson to finish close to the 1,000-yard mark by the end of the season.

Cleveland Browns - UNDER 8.5 wins (+105)

Entering the 2019 season, no team in the NFL had as much hype around it as the Browns. Cleveland failed to get its season off the ground, finishing the year with an underwhelming 6-10 record and well out of the playoff race.

So, is this the year the Browns finally take the leap and become a playoff contender? Freddie Kitchens is (thankfully for Browns fans) gone, and Kevin Stefanski looks to be a capable head coach. I’m expecting to see more of the same old Browns, though, so take the +105 value on the UNDER 8.5 wins here.

Baltimore Ravens - To win the Super Bowl (+650)

Picking the Ravens to win Super Bowl 55 is not exactly a reach considering they’re second on the oddsboard behind the Chiefs, but Baltimore has all the makings of a championship-caliber team.

Led by 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, the sky is the limit for the Ravens. They’ll have to get past Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC playoffs – no easy task – but I believe Baltimore will learn from its disappointing postseason loss last year and win the whole thing.

Cincinnati Bengals - OVER 22.5 passing touchdowns for Joe Burrow (-145)

Before I get into the analysis, I should state that I’m an LSU fan who owns two Burrow jerseys. Therefore, while my opinion of him may seem biased, I think Burrow is going to have a huge year in Cincy.

The cancellation of the preseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not working in Burrow’s favor, but it won’t take long for the 23-year-old to learn the pro game. Projecting him to throw more than 23 touchdowns in his rookie season is a great bet.

AFC South Best Bets

Written by Scott Hastings

Houston Texans - Brandin Cooks OVER 849.5 receiving yards (-110)

After his worst season since he was a rookie, look for Cooks to rebound with his new team and return to normal. Cooks was traded to the Texans for a second-round draft pick, essentially thrusting him into the No. 1 wide receiver slot in the depth chart. Sure, you can make an argument that spot is for Will Fuller V but until he’s healthy for a season, the former Ram will be No. 1 in my eyes.

Outside of last year and his rookie season in 2014, Cooks has topped 1,000 receiving yards every year and I anticipate a similar output in 2020.

Tennessee Titans - To Make The Playoffs (-150)

The Titans had a playoff run last year that ended in the AFC championship game, falling 35-24 to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Chiefs. This came after Comeback Player of the Year QB Ryan Tannehill took the reins midway through the season and led the Titans to wins in seven of their last 11 games. Of course, Derrick Henry’s league-leading 1,540 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns didn’t hurt the cause.

Tennessee also got a boost defensively just ahead of the 2020 season, signing three-time Pro Bowl DE Jadeveon Clowney. There’s no reason that the Titans don’t make it to January football again in 2020.

Indianapolis Colts - Philip Rivers OVER 4099.5 passing yards (-105)

“Firing” Philip Rivers will have a different look to him in 2020, although he will still be in blue – it’ll be navy blue this time with the Indianapolis Colts after spending 16 seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

Over his 14 years as a starter, Rivers threw for 4,100 yards or more in 10 of them. The veteran quarterback will have one of the best offensive lines in front of him and I expect him to have a connection with T.Y. Hilton similar to the one he enjoyed with Chargers WR Keenan Allen.

Jacksonville Jaguars - Most Regular-Season Losses (+250)

As quickly as the Jaguars climbed from the depths in the AFC, advancing to the conference title game in 2017 after finishing third or fourth in the division for six straight years, they have plummeted back down to the basement the last two seasons.

The squad released former fourth overall draft pick Leonard Fournette and traded away five-time Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell this offseason, which appears to be a bit of a tank job to get a crack at the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2021. The best way to get that shot at Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields is to lose a bunch of games and that’s what I expect will occur with the Jags this season.

AFC West Best Bets

Written by Scott Hastings

Kansas City Chiefs - OVER 11.5 Wins (-145)

The reigning Super Bowl champions had to overcome a little adversity in the middle of the season last year when 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes went down with a knee injury. However, the team won the game in which he was hurt and split the two that he missed and still finished with a 12-4 record. If there was any real weak spot in this potent offense, it was the run game, which the Chiefs hope they rectified by taking the first running back of the 2020 NFL draft, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Assuming everyone stays healthy this time around, there’s no reason that this team doesn’t win 12 or more games again in 2020.

Denver Broncos - OVER 7.5 Wins (-145)

Denver finished one win shy of this mark last season en route to a 7-9 campaign. Losing Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller for the season is obviously a massive hit for the defense, but it is on the offensive side where the Broncos may surprise some people. Denver signed Melvin Gordon in the offseason to create a two-headed running back monster with former starting back Phillip Lindsay. QB Drew Lock is entering his second season and has looked good in training leading up to this year.

Lock will have some weapons to throw to as well in Courtland Sutton (1,112 receiving yards last season), rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who was tremendous at Alabama, and tight end Noah Fant, who has all the potential of being a big player. I look for the Broncos to get to eight or nine wins this season.

Las Vegas Raiders - Finish Third In the Division (+200)

The Raiders made Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III the first wide receiver selected in this year’s draft and he will be the top wideout on the depth chart. Yes, the speedy receiver has the potential to be a game-changer but it just goes to show that Vegas’ receiver depth isn’t that strong.

The defense will be good with Cory Littleton and Clelin Ferrell leading the charge but the one question for me is the quarterback. Derek Carr seems to be just an OK QB. He makes some bad decisions late in games and with a not-so-great receiver corps, I don’t think this team can leapfrog the Broncos.

Los Angeles Chargers - UNDER 7.5 Wins (+110)

The Chargers enter the 2020 season with a new starting QB and a new RB. Longtime quarterback Philip Rivers will be slinging passes in Indianapolis while former halfback Melvin Gordon has gone to Denver.

Tyrod Taylor will now be the man under center and he hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2017 with a Buffalo Bills team that went 9-7. I don’t expect LA to get pounded every game; they will be competitive and will post five or so wins like they did last year, but ultimately they will be in the basement of the AFC West.

NFC East Best Bets

Written by Gilles Gallant

Dallas Cowboys - Amari Cooper OVER 7.5 Receiving Touchdowns (-115)

Since being acquired by the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has done nothing but catch touchdowns. In fact, that’s really all he’s been good for because there have been far too many games in which he has just disappeared. In 25 regular-season contests with the ‘Boys, Cooper has 14 touchdowns, including three games with two or more.

Dallas is expected to air it out even more this season under Mike McCarthy, and Cooper should get a lot of 1-on-1 matchups since Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb will be on the other side drawing attention.

Philadelphia Eagles - To Be A Wild-Card Playoff Team (+300)

Look, anyone who follows the NFC East closely knows how this goes: No team wins the division in back-to-back years. In fact, it hasn’t happened since 2003-04. That’s why I think the Cowboys likely win the division in 2020 but the Eagles still make a push as a wild-card team and get in at +300.

The Eagles still have a formidable defense and a quarterback in Carson Wentz who puts up decent numbers when he can stay on the field. Home-field advantage used to be a huge part of Philly’s success but with no crowd, the Eagles will likely finish behind the Cowboys but do just enough to get in as a wild card.

New York Giants - Most Interceptions Thrown - Daniel Jones (+1200)

We don’t get the obvious Jameis Winston choice this year for interceptions so we have to go a little outside the box and Daniel Jones or Sam Darnold seem like the obvious choices. Jones had 12 interceptions in 13 games in his rookie season, along with six fumbles. He’s a bit turnover-prone and is playing on a team with playoff aspirations.

Danny Dimes may end up falling short of this prop but for a second-year quarterback in a fairly weak offense, the odds at +1200 are too good to pass up.

Washington Football Team - Chase Young - NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (+200)

The six-foot-five defensive end out of Ohio State amassed 26.5 sacks over the last two college seasons, all while playing in one of the best conferences in college football. He was a game-changer and should terrorize NFL quarterbacks for years to come.

After being drafted by Washington, he’s now on a team that has stockpiled high-end defensive linemen over the last three seasons. Much like Nick Bosa with the 49ers last season, Young should be set up to succeed because opposing offensive lines will need to pick their poison, which means he’ll get a ton of one-on-one matchups. He’s the obvious pick but it doesn’t mean he’s the wrong one.

NFC North Best Bets

Written by Stephen Campbell

Minnesota Vikings - OVER 1075.5 rushing yards for Dalvin Cook (-115)

Last season, the Vikes went 1-5 SU when they failed to rush for 100 yards. With Stefon Diggs traded to Buffalo in the offseason, the focus on the ground game will be even greater in 2020, and that’s a good sign for star running back Dalvin Cook. Cook had a stellar 2019, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. Expect him to cash the OVER 1075.5 rushing yards with ease in 2020.

Green Bay Packers - Davante Adams to lead the NFL in receptions (+1200)

Michael Thomas is the clear-cut favorite for this prop at +350 odds, but I like the value Adams is offering here. The Packers didn’t do anything to complement him in the passing game in the offseason, which means Aaron Rodgers will lean on No. 17 heavily week in and week out.

Detroit Lions - OVER 4150.5 passing yards for Matthew Stafford (-115)

Prior to the 2019 campaign, Stafford hadn’t missed a game in his NFL career. But a back injury forced the veteran signal-caller to miss eight of Detroit’s games in what was a down season for the Lions.

Stafford is back and all reports trend toward him being healthy, so I’m anticipating another stellar season coming his way. After all, Stafford has eclipsed 4,150 yards passing seven times in the last nine years.

Chicago Bears - OVER 675.5 receiving yards for Anthony Miller (-125)

Look, if you’re scared of taking the OVER on this prop due to the Bears’ questionable quarterback situation, I don’t blame you. Even with either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles throwing passes in the Windy City, Miller is in line for a breakout year and should breeze past the 675.5 total here for receiving yards.

With opposing defenses focusing on top wideout Allen Robinson, Miller should have plenty of room to get open all year long. 

NFC South Best Bets

Written by Scott Hastings

New Orleans Saints - Michael Thomas OVER 8.5 Touchdowns (-145)

In 2020, the Saints finished tied for third in the NFL with 458 points. Among their chief weapons is wide receiver Michael Thomas, who set the NFL single-season record for receptions last year at 149.

He has been getting better through his four NFL seasons, increasing his yardage and number of catches every year, but his touchdown numbers have been very consistent – he has scored nine majors in three of the four years. With the Saints as strong as ever, look for Thomas to find the end zone nine or more times for the fourth time in his career.

Atlanta Falcons - Calvin Ridley OVER 6.5 Receiving Touchdowns (-115)

This may be my best bet among all my best bets. Through two seasons in the NFL, Ridley has surpassed 6.5 touchdowns each year, with 10 in his first and seven last year. Now the downturn may scare some away, but he did miss three games and Atlanta as a whole offensively had a bit of a down year.

The Falcons brought in three-time Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley and tight end Hayden Hurst, both of whom will put more pressure on opposing defenses and open areas for Ridley to exploit on his way to a breakout year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans OVER 1,150.5 Receiving Yards (-105)

Many people have their eyes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into 2020 and why shouldn’t they after the team signed QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Leonard Fournette to add to a team that finished tied for third in the NFL in points scored.

Chris Godwin had the better output in 2019 with 1,333 receiving yards, but Mike Evans has topped 1,151 yards in five of the last six seasons. Last year, he had 1,157 yards, six more than he needs for this prop to hit, and missed three games,. Assuming he’s healthy for 13 or more, there’s no doubt he surpasses 1,151 yards again.

Carolina Panthers - UNDER 5.5 Wins (EVEN)

Despite having the most dynamic running back in the NFL in Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers are likely looking at a disappointing season. A new head coach in Matt Ruhle and a new starting QB in Teddy Bridgewater, though he started and played well for the Saints last season while Drew Brees was injured, just leaves a lot of uncertainty leading into the campaign.

Having to play in the scrappy NFC South with the Bucs and Falcons improving, wins just simply may be hard to come by.

NFC West Best Bets

Written by Scott Hastings

San Francisco 49ers - Jimmy Garoppolo OVER 26.5 Passing Touchdowns (-110)

In his first full season as a starting QB in the NFL, all Jimmy G did was lead his team to a 13-3 record while finishing second in the league in points and going to the Super Bowl.

In terms of production, he tossed 3,978 passing yards with 27 touchdowns. That’s what he needs to do again in 2020 to hit this prop and I think in another full year as a starter, he should surpass 27 and maybe top 30.

Seattle Seahawks - D.K. Metcalf OVER 6.5 Receiving Touchdowns (-125)

What an athlete D.K. Metcalf is – he’s completely shredded, weighs 229 pounds and somehow runs a 4.33 40-yard dash. In 16 games last season, Metcalf amassed 900 yards with seven touchdowns; he also racked up another 219 yards and a major in two playoff games.

The big knock on him coming out of Ole Miss was that he wasn’t the best route-runner. Well, that didn’t seem to be an issue last year and with more chemistry with QB Russell Wilson and another year to learn and grow, look for Metcalf to be a force in 2020.

Los Angeles Rams - Last in NFC West (+135)

Was it simply a Super Bowl hangover or was last year just what we should come to expect from Jared Goff and the LA Rams? This team lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 in 2018, then finished third in the NFC West with a 9-7 showing last season.

Goff had career highs in completions and pass attempts but his completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns all went down while he also set a career high in interceptions in 2020. The Rams’ fans and organization better hope that was just an aberration and not a sign of things to come, but with the division getting more competitive, I’m not sure the Rams did anything to get better.

Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray UNDER 11.5 Interceptions (-115)

There’s a lot of buzz around the Cardinals this year after they added four-time Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins and re-signed running back Kenyan Drake. But at the crux of it all is sophomore QB Kyler Murray, last year’s first overall draft pick who silenced all doubters about his size as he went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Murray did throw 12 picks in his rookie campaign, though with capable receivers in Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, they may help the young QB on poor throws this season and reduce that number by at least one to hit this prop.