By: Scott Brock-Wilson, and Justin Lynch
Bucs to make the playoffs (+155)
This will be Jameis’ breakout year. As one of the top offenses this year, don’t be surprised if they sneak their way into the 6th spot in the NFC playoffs. It would not shock me if the Bucs find themselves at the top of the NFC South at the end of the season. Atlanta will not be as dominant as last year when they had everything break their way. Though the Panthers are much improved, the Bucs have a legitimate chance to steal a home game in the playoffs.
Giants to win the NFC (+800) and Super Bowl (+1800)
The Giants offense attracts all of the attention but their defense carried them into the playoff last year. They return almost everyone defensively and upgraded offensively by adding Marshall and Engram as receiving threats. We know Eli is not a great QB, but he won’t need to be on this team. He needs to control the picks and become more of a game manager for the Giants to be successful. If the Giants make it into the playoffs, no team will want to face them. We all know the history, but they seem to have even more firepower this year.
Christian McCaffrey over 1150 total combined rushing and receiving yards (-115)
McCaffrey apparently has his own playbook in Carolina, and all reports point to Jonathan Stewart being nothing more than a goal line back. He showed a lot of promise in the preseason, and will be a key cog in an offense poised to bounce back after a tough year. 800 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards seems more than doable.
Derrick Henry over 5 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns (-120)
They will definitely use him more, and he’s a better short-yardage back than Murray. Also, he is growing in the receiving game, and will certainly break at least one or two long plays. Six touchdowns shouldn’t be an issue, with all the attention on their new weapons, Mariota, and Murray.
Jadeveon Clowney over 8 sacks (-125)
With J.J. Watt back there will be less attention on him, and Vrabel is apparently doing his best to use Clowney in a variety of ways. Clowney isn’t someone who tends to go all out all the time. But if he gets rolling, he can three or four sacks in one game. One game like that and an average rest of the season, and Clowney hits the over.
The Broncos to make the playoffs (+175)
Take out the Patriots, Steelers, Chiefs, and Titans as (potential) division winners. That leaves the Broncos to fight it out with Oakland, Cincinnati, and Houston for the two playoff spots. Simien is better this year, the defense is steady, and maybe the running game will explode. The home field advantage is still a real thing, and I think they can take advantage of the lesses AFC.