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The Top 5 Bets For The 2020 NFL Season

The NFL season is approaching fast, so I wanted to see what the top five bets that should make your pockets fatter once the season concludes are. I spoke to Jason Radowitz from and here is what he had to say:

The Top 5 bets for the 2020 NFL season

  1. Bengals Over 5.5 Win Total (-134)
  2. Buccaneers Under 9.5 Win Total
  3. Cam Newton for Comeback Player of the Year (+400)
  4. Saints to win NFC South (-130) 
  5. Titans to win AFC South (+160)


Bengals Over 5.5 Wins (-134)

Since 2008, there have been five first overall selections who have started in their first season in the league. These quarterbacks have added an average win total of five wins for their teams in their rookie season.

With the Bengals achieving two wins last season, the Bengals would be on pace to record seven wins in this series behind Joe Burrow. The Bengals drafted well, not only bringing in Burrow but also drafting Tee Higgins to help Burrow provide an instant spark on offense. They also went out and signed D.J. Reader and Trae Waynes for some quality defense.

The Bengals are looking to build around Burrow and are starting to add pieces around second-year coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals should be very competitive this season.

Buccaneers Under 9.5 (-125)

When Tom Brady elected to commit and sign with the Buccaneers, lines moved, things changed and the Bucs were instant Super Bowl contenders. Not so fast. Tom Brady has plenty of talent on his roster offensively but it’s no secret that Brady is starting to age. He left New England without the Patriots even trying to retain him. At this point, he’s a smart piece of washed goods.

Last season, the Patriots had success due to the defense behind Brady. It wasn’t the offense that kept the Patriots in games. Jameis Winston is being replaced and while he allowed plenty of interceptions, he had much better arm strength than Brady. Pass catchers like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin don’t go for those short gimmick passes. Brady won’t have the arm strength to get these guys the ball deep like Winston did.

And please don’t get me started with Rob Gronkoswki. The man hasn’t played in forever and visibly lost muscle. He’ll be an asset but nothing more than that.

Cam Newton for Comeback Player of the Year (+400)

Of course once Brady left New England, Newton was eying the Patriots all along. This was the only area he’d be able to potentially start with Jarrett Stidham in his place. If Newton gets the starting job, there’s literally no argument about his talent. The Patriots have a coaching staff that can find the perfect schemes for Newton and help make him successful.

Newton gets to play against a weak AFC East with the Jets and Dolphins in the league. There’s also still some questions about how good the Bills really are.

Newton is just in a very favorable situation with the Patriots where if he starts, he’s an instant favorite to reach huge heights.  

Saints to Win NFC South (-130)

If the Buccaneers are going under their total of 9.5 games, the Saints would likely run away with the division. This is the same team that has won the NFC South four years in a row. The division is now stacked with talent but there’s no talent that can defeat the Saints right now.

The Saints defense is improved (on paper) this season and with the offense that the Saints have, that should go a long way. 

The Saints are always at the top for one bold reason. They have Sean Payton as their coach. Look down all the coaches in the NFC South. Matt Rhule is a rookie. Dan Quinn hasn’t done a great job as of late for the Falcons and Bruce Arians hasn’t done anything to put himself in conversation as a top tier coach just yet.

Titans to Win AFC South (+160)

The AFC is strange this season. There have been plenty of moving pieces and oddities but the reality is one thing. The Titans are still the best team in that division.

The Titans made a run into the AFC Championship last season behind Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. That won’t change this season. The Titans are going to build their offense around these two players who legitimately carried this team farther than anyone thought was possible.

You’re telling me that Phillip Rivers and the Colts have more of a chance to win this division than the Titans. Not a chance. The Titans defense plays with so much heart and passion and makes plays when needed. 

Oh and don’t forget that the Texans just traded away DeAndre Hopkins.


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Nicholas Durst

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