The 2021 NFL season is on the horizon and it is never too early to look ahead and try to determine which teams will be at the top of the pack. Let’s check out the NFL odds over at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) regarding the best regular-season record and make a wager now that could likely pay off in January!
Narrowing the Field
This is an interesting proposition being offered at BetOnline and one that has nothing to do with the postseason. It is all about the regular season, therefore, the team that emerges with the best record over 18 weeks (remember, the regular season has been increased to 17 games over 18 weeks for the first time ever) will bring home the cash for those savvy enough to make that bet before the season starts.
Therefore, we should go about this in an orderly and logical fashion, employing deductive reasoning, handicapping prowess, and hoping we get just enough luck that the ball bounces our way and the injuries on our team of choice are kept to a bare minimum.
So, with that, we will include only those teams that have an excellent chance at not only winning their division but getting the coveted first-round bye that comes with earning the best overall record in each conference.
Over the last 16 seasons, four of the 26 teams that ended with the best regular-season record (including ties) during that span wound up winning the Super Bowl. Those teams include the Seahawks (2013), Patriots (2014 and 2016), and Eagles (2017), which means that roughly 85 percent of the teams that ended with the best regular-season did not win the Super Bowl.
Let’s handicap this intriguing prop and find out which team we will include in our NFL picks to have the best record when the dust settles on the 2021 regular season. Oh, and in case of a tie, the team ranked No. 1 by the NFL will be declared the winner.
- Kansas City Chiefs +300
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600
- Los Angeles Rams +1200
- Buffalo Bills +900
- Baltimore Ravens +1200
- Cleveland Browns +1200
- Indianapolis Colts +2500
- New England Patriots +3300
I am certain no one reading this will take exception to any of the first six teams on this list but the Colts and, God forbid, the Patriots?! Well, let’s calm down and discuss this like adults. The Colts could experience a renaissance with their reclamation project, Carson Wentz, under center but I don’t see the weapons there to make that happen even if Wentz performs admirably.
The Patriots will be better this season than their dismal 7-9 campaign from a year ago. The issue is they still have Cam ‘Shadow of his Former Self” Newton dealing in the pocket. He’s got a lot more weapons at his disposal this season than last but I can’t see him being the juggernaut of old. And as for Mac Jomes, he will likely be limited to holding a clipboard this season before the Pats’ first-rounder pick gets his shot at the starting job in 2022.
Alright so let’s look at the rest of the contenders. Sorry, you can’t convince me Cleveland will rule the AFC roost this year. Meanwhile, the Bills will find every team in their division has improved which will likely give them an 11-6 record this season rather than the lofty 13-3 mark from a year ago.
Kansas City has a tough schedule when you consider they meet the Browns at home in the opening week followed by an away game against the Ravens. The Chiefs will welcome a dangerous Bills squad that will be out for revenge after getting bounced in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead last year. Kansas City will also travel to Tennessee in October and host the Packers and Cowboys in the month of November.
The flip side to this is the Chiefs could sweep the weak sisters in their division and rack up six wins against no losses. That will certainly help their cause. And because of this, I believe the Chiefs will win the AFC. However, I am concerned about a resurgent Ravens’ squad but home and away battles against the Browns and Steelers will hinder their chances.
As for the two NFC entrants, I’m not sold. Tom Terrific could finally prove mortal this year as Father Time is undefeated and will eventually overcome the impenetrable resolve of TB12. Gronk will get hurt and I don’t see a repeat in the cards for the defending Super Bowl champs.
And no, the Rams won’t win this wager either although Matthew Stafford finally getting a chance with a legitimate Super Bowl contender is pretty awesome. The 33-year-old veteran never complained whilst he toiled in the Motor City on a team without an engine over his 11 seasons in the NFL’s version of purgatory. I hate to say it but I am in lockstep with all the squares and Joe Q. Public…bet the Chiefs to win the regular season…and dare I say the super Bowl?
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