It’s only been a few weeks since the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, but West Virginia sportsbooks are already prepared for next season.
Sportsbooks in the Mountain State have released betting odds for the 2020/2021 NFL season, including team win totals and Super Bowl futures.
The NFL is the most wagered on sport in the US and it’s never too early for sportsbooks to release betting lines. A lot of bettors may be getting some action down now before odds drastically change after the NFL draft and free agency.
While betting is available about seven months before the start of the regular season, the odds are almost guaranteed to change by September. Plenty of new players will be joining every team, with several notable quarterbacks likely to change teams as well.
Although this makes placing a futures wager in February a little riskier, it could also be beneficial if your choice sees improvements in the near future.
The WV sports betting crowd now has several options to shop for the best odds available, too. The state offers three of the best online sports betting apps found in the country:
With each mobile app providing very competitive lines, you’re able to find which sportsbook has the most favorable odds for your bet.
You also have the option of betting any of the lines available at retail sportsbooks across the state. WV features five active land-based locations once again now that Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras Casino have returned.
Let’s examine some of the most interesting team win totals for next year as well as where you can find good value in the early Super Bowl LV odds.
2021 NFL Win Totals
Chicago Bears: 8.5 wins
The Chicago Bears are a massive question mark heading into 2020. A year after going 12-4 and winning their division, the Bears struggled for most of 2019 and finished 8-8.
It should prove to be a make-or-break year for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. If he’s unable to at least take Chicago back to the postseason, he will probably be looking for a new team going forward.
With a solid defense led by Khalil Mack and creative coaching staff, the Bears could easily get to 9-7 next year. However, their competition in the NFC North is among the best in the league and could limit their potential ceiling.
Dallas Cowboys: 10.5 wins
The Dallas Cowboys are another intriguing betting option heading into next season. They also had a disappointing year, going 8-8 and missing out on the playoffs.
While Dallas is certainly a talented team, determining how many wins it will finish with has been difficult in recent years. The Cowboys tend to alternate between good seasons over 10 victories and years with just seven or eight wins.
Dak Prescott still doesn’t have a contract, along with several other key components of the team like receiver Amari Cooper. Owner Jerry Jones has a lot of decisions to make this spring including what position to address with the No. 17 pick in the draft.
This win total is a little higher than in year’s past, but the upgrade to coach Mike McCarthy could make up for it. Dallas always generates a lot of betting, so this number could change one way or the other.
LA Rams: 9.5 wins
The Los Angeles Rams is an additional NFC team that fell short a year ago. Following a Super Bowl appearance, the Rams won just nine games in 2019 and didn’t qualify for postseason play.
Similar to the Cowboys, they don’t have a lot of wiggle room regarding the salary cap. Players like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and Aaron Donald account for the majority of the team’s cap space.
LA still has plenty of good players and one of the most promising young coaches in Sean McVay.
If they play anything like they did two years ago, the Rams will coast to 10 wins. The NFC West is loaded, however, with the 49ers, Seahawks and an improving Cardinals team.
Cleveland Browns: 8.5 wins
The Cleveland Browns were among the biggest failures a season ago. They’ll enter 2020 with another new head coach and hopes that they can finally end their playoff drought.
On paper, this team is ready to easily exceed nine victories and actually compete for a division title. It has yet to be seen if Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham can focus strictly on football and put together a winning season.
Nick Chubb is one of the better young running backs and Myles Garrett is back from suspension. There’s a lot of reasons to like the Browns, but recent history has shown they typically fall short.
Buffalo Bills: 7.5 wins
One team that actually exceeded expectations last year was the Buffalo Bills. They earned 10 wins en route to a Wild-Card berth in quarterback Josh Allen’s second season.
With Tom Brady on the fringe about his return to New England, the division seems to be poised for the taking now more than ever. Miami is in a full rebuild and the Jets are still trying to right the ship.
Those signs point to a potentially big year for Buffalo, although its season win total does not. Even though their schedule might be more difficult in 2020, the Bills are a team on the rise that should be able to reach at least eight wins.
New England Patriots: 9.5 wins
New England was headed for another bye into the Divisional Round until the last day of the regular season. The loss to Miami forced the Patriots to play on Wild Card Weekend where they went down to Tennessee, 20-13.
As mentioned, Tom Brady’s future is still uncertain for next year. He will be playing at least one more season, but will it be for the Patriots?
The fact that he’s still not signed makes the Pats’ season total one of the more risky options right now. If Brady is back, they can easily get back to double-digit wins. Although if he takes his talents elsewhere, New England could take a serious step back with no real plan at the QB position.
Super Bowl LV Futures Odds
Of course, betting on the favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl is the most likely way to cash in on a futures bet 12 months from now. Teams like the Ravens, Chiefs, and 49ers seem like very obvious choices to be at the top of the standings again in 2020.
Those options could very well be the best choices at the end of the year, but the NFL often proves that the opposite will happen. You may not want to wager on the Dolphins or Bengals, but multiple teams’ futures offer great value compared to the top squads.
Seattle Seahawks +2000
Seattle Seahawks won 11 games in 2019 and appeared to beat its own expectations. Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll still form one of the best quarterback-coach combinations in the league.
Even with a tough division, Seattle is almost a lock to make the playoffs once again and will have decent odds from there. Wilson has proven he can win on the road and is one of the top options behind Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.
Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
Speaking of quarterbacks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be glad to have starter Ben Roethlisberger back under center next year. The Steelers still managed to go 8-8 even without Big Ben for the majority of games.
Baltimore will be tough to dethrone in the NFC North, but Pittsburgh has a capable roster that could surprise some people.
Houston Texans +3300
The Hoston Texans absolutely need some help on the defensive side of the ball. J.J. Watt isn’t the same and Jadeveon Clowney is gone.
If they’re able to add a couple of pieces, though, this team could make some noise in 2020. Deshaun Watson is another elite young QB who can single-handedly carry his team.