We’re right in the thick of the dog days of summer of baseball, but the crown jewel or the sports and sports betting the world is just around the corner. Of course, that’s NFL football. The preseason begins in early August, and then it’s about a month until the defending champion, Philadelphia Eagles, host the Atlanta Falcons, on 9/6. In the meantime, NFL betting futures are being wagered at online betting sites and sportsbooks across the country. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites to win Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this year for the 2018-19 season.
NFL Super Bowl 53 Futures At Sportsbetting Sportsbook
The AFC Champion, New England Patriots, lead the pack at +700 to win Super Bowl. Behind them, we have the defending champion, Eagles, and the Vikings, at +1000. From there, it’s the usual suspects, aside from the Rams at +1200. Pittsburgh also sets at 12/1, identical to the Rams. Rounding things out we have Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and Drew Brees and the Saints at +1600 to take down this year’s trophy.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the New York Jets at 150/1 and several other teams in the 100/1 range, which include the Redskins, Dolphins, Bengals, Bears, and Bills. Shockingly enough, the 0-16 Browns are +6600 and have far better odds than teams with much better records last season.
My Favorite Super Bowl 53 Futures
Before we go further, most of the time, future bets will result in a loss. However, there are plenty of profitable future betting options in all sports. You can bet several futures each year and in many cases, if you hit one of them, you’re profitable. These bets should be lower risk than straight wagers and tying up your bankroll should be considered, especially for those betting small stakes. To learn more about pro football futures bets read this NFL Betting Guide.
Jacksonville Jaguars +2000
By far, the most value I see on the board is with Jacksonville. At 20/1, it seems the oddsmakers have forgotten this team was one game away from the Super Bowl and had a chance to beat New England before turning the ball over on downs on the final drive. They altered their offensive gameplan in the second half and went to zone, instead of man-to-man, on defense.
Their only weakness is quarterback, Blake Bortles, and he played extremely well towards the end of the season. They also signed an elite guard to boost both Bortles and their dominant running game, along with the big-bodied, Donte Moncrief, a former Colts’ receiver. The Jaguars are extremely undervalued and in futures markets. The price may get better as we get closer to the season, but I would venture to say they should be closer to 12/1 than 20/1.
Carolina Panthers +3300
From the NFC, we’re interested in Carolina. Let’s not forget this team made it to the Super Bowl in the 2015-16 season, ultimately, losing to the Broncos. The Panthers made the playoffs last year, but lost in a shootout against the division rival, New Orleans, in the Wild Card round.
The Panthers are a playoff team, without a doubt and they have improved this offseason. Cam Newton didn’t have his best year in terms of accuracy, but he lacked weapons. Carolina signed Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright and drafted D.J. Moore to go with Devin Funchess.
Defensively, they had an elite pass rush, but a poor secondary. They went after this need in the NFL Draft and drafted several top collegiate defensive backs. They have also promoted Eric Washington from the defensive line to defensive coordinator. Their scheme certainly works, but the talent hasn’t been there. I am betting it is there with their current draft class. At 33/1, I love my chances of putting down a $100 and bringing back $3,300 (if they win the Super Bowl) on a team that finished 11-5 last year and has improved on both sides of the ball.
Joseph Falchetti is the author of the blog, most picks, and the majority of content on Safest Betting Sites. Joe has an extensive background as a writer and gambler of all types. He was a professional poker player and sports bettor for eight years until he decided to make the switch to writing gambling content after the Black Friday seizures.