The 2021 NFL season doesn’t start for another four months, but it’s never too early to get a wager in for your team. West Virginia sportsbooks listed updated odds for this upcoming NFL year, including win totals and a variety of futures.
Those located in the Mountain State have several local sides on their radar, like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They are looking to bounce back from a disappointing finish to last season and drafted running back Najee Harris in the first round.
One major change to the NFL this season is that each team will play 17 regular-season games, as opposed to the 16 that have been in place since 1978.
Of course, this affected how the WV online sports betting apps set their odds for this season. Bettors must remember to take note of this change, especially when considering win totals for this year.
Let’s take a deeper look at some of the NFL futures odds available in WV after last weekend’s draft.
2021 NFL win totals at WV sportsbooks
Pittsburgh Steelers win total
Betting on the total number of wins for teams is one of the most popular ways to wager on the NFL before the season starts. While this season might be a little more confusing with 17 games, everything is basically the same when examining the odds.
Heading into the season, DraftKings Sportsbook WV shows Pittsburgh’s total at just 8.5 wins. It doesn’t like the team’s chances this year, as an over will hit with just a 9-8 record overall.
That probably won’t be good enough to qualify for the playoffs.
The current odds on DraftKings are leaning toward the over, though, with over 8.5 listed at -125, with the under +103.
It appears that the online sportsbook thinks the Steelers’ finish to last season is indicative of things to come. They went 12-4 in 2020 but lost four of their last five contests down the stretch.
The Steelers were 11-0 at one point; however, the loss to the rival Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card made the season a failure.
Pittsburgh’s lack of offense and a running game proved to be too much to overcome in December and beyond. The front office selected four offensive players to try to combat some of its deficiencies.
Alabama running back Harris was the first choice with the 24th overall selection on Thursday night. He’ll look to revive the quality ground attack that the Steelers are accustomed to producing.
Harris played a significant role on this year’s National Championship team, as well as those in the past. He rushed for nearly 1,500 yards to go along with 30 total touchdowns last season.
Pittsburgh’s next three picks featured Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth and two additional offensive linemen.
If this group can contribute immediately, then the Steelers may have one more title run left in them.
Cleveland Browns win total
Unfortunately for Pittsburgh supporters, DraftKings moved the Browns ahead of them in the hierarchy this year. It gave the Browns a win total of 10.
Again, 10 wins used to mean you’d go 10-6, but this season, it would mean a 10-7 record. This doesn’t sound all too difficult for a Browns franchise that broke through in 2020 and made the postseason for the first time in ages.
They went 11-5 in the regular season and almost notched a second playoff victory with a close game against Kansas City in the Divisional Round.
The team didn’t lose a whole lot in free agency and helped solidify its defense in the draft. Cleveland took Northwestern corner Greg Newsome II in the first round and Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second.
The Browns’ offense is well aligned and has playmakers all over the field. If quarterback Baker Mayfield can continue progressing, this team can actually contend this season.
DraftKings has their total at 10, with both the over and under offered with odds of -110.
Part of why this total isn’t higher is because of the strength in the division. Baltimore owns the highest total at 10.5 wins on the online sportsbook.
The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t projected to be pushovers anymore, either. DraftKings posted their total at 6.5 wins for the new season.
The Ravens added help for Lamar Jackson with first-round pick Rashod Bateman. They also signed receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency to add two new weapons to the offense.
The Browns made a similar move but probably got the best wideout in this year’s draft class. They were able to take LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall choice.
The receiver opted out of last year but performed particularly well in 2019. He’s now reunited with his QB from that season, Joe Burrow.
Rookie of the Year odds
Bettors can put some action down for both the offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year Awards.
To no surprise, the top pick in Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to win this title on the offensive side. Despite going to the Jaguars, he’s available at +300 on DraftKings.
Several of the other top quarterbacks are next. The sportsbook shows the following odds:
- Justin Fields +600
- Trey Lance +600
- Zach Wilson +700
- Najee Harris +1000
- Ja’Marr Chase +1100
- Kyle Pitts +1100
- Mac Jones +1200
Although he was the fourth QB taken, Fields enters the league with probably the best situation. His team is better than those who drafted in the top five, and he only needs to beat out Andy Dalton to snag the starting job.
As far as defense goes, the Dallas Cowboys’ Micah Parsons leads all others in terms of odds. DraftKings put the linebacker’s odds at +400 to earn Defensive ROY.
Interestingly, the top two defenders selected don’t have the most favorable odds. Playing cornerback hurts both Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II, since there are fewer opportunities for consistent big plays.
Currently, the online sportsbook lists the following odds for the other favorites to win the defensive award:
- Jaelan Phillips +700
- Jamin Davis +900
- Kwity Paye +1000
- Zaven Collins +1100
- Patrick Surtain II +1200
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah +1400
- Jaycee Horn +1500