With the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals starting next week, in addition to the PGA Tour and MLB season in full swing, it’s easy to forget that the NFL preseason is just three months away. To serve as a reminder, we’re going to break down some newly posted odds on the DK Sportsbook. And yes, you can get in on the action now.
Important note: These new markets apply only to regular season wins.
Team with the Least Regular Season WinsDolphins: +300
Team with the Most Regular Season WinsPatriots: +500
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
Let’s start with the least wins. Holding the best odds in this category are the Miami Dolphins. Aside from getting Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals, we haven’t heard much from the Dolphins in the offseason. That’s because Miami has made it very clear that it’s planning for the long haul, and won’t be futilely fighting for a middle-of-the-pack finish. Does that mean the players are going to roll over for every opponent? Of course not. My biggest concern is that the Fins are still in the AFC East and will face both the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills twice, and all four of those games will be winnable. No team from this division has finished with the least wins in the past eleven seasons.
So what about Arizona? Sure, the Cardinals had the least amount of wins last season, and it may be hopeful to think they’ll have an immediate and drastic turnaround. But with a new coach, a first overall pick as its rookie QB and added aerial weapons for Kyler Murray, Arizona will certainly be looking to show their stuff and make some noise. And even if they struggle, I don’t see them winning less than four games, which would likely be enough to keep them out of the running for least wins.
Teams like the Raiders, adding Antonio Brown and rebuilding their defense, and Giants, without Odell Beckham Jr. but fully focused around Saquon Barkley, will be playing with something to prove. Seeing the Bengals, who are the declining power in the AFC North, or the Redskins, who are trending toward parting ways with coach Jay Gruden, at the bottom of the league makes much more sense to me.
Now for the top of the league. While the Dolphins are given the best odds to have the least wins, their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, have the best odds to win the most games. The defending champions will once again be led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and, regardless of Gronk retiring, will be the team to beat. The Pats start their season off at home against an unraveled Steelers team, then get three games in a row against division opponents. If New England can avoid its typical early-season struggles, getting the most wins looks likely.
While the Kansas City Chiefs are still one of the strongest teams, the rest of the league has seen what they’re made of. The LA Chargers have focused on their defense in the offseason and will aim to knock off the reigning three-time defending AFC West champions. On the other hand, it’s hard to look at the Rams or the Saints and think that either team will weaken from last season. The Rams continue to grow their defensive strength and get to face the Saints at home this season. So if anyone is going to challenge the Patriots for most wins, Los Angeles’ NFC team feels like the better option.
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