It’s been a unique offseason for NFL teams and fans, and there is still some lingering doubt over whether the new season will go ahead as planned. But, in all likelihood, we will see football on our televisions this September. It’s almost certain that things will be a little different, of course, and that might create some problems for making predictions. For instance, the New England Patriots made Gillette Stadium into a fortress through the years – will home-field advantage for teams be the same without tens of thousands of fans cheering them on?
Nevertheless, sportsbooks have set out odds for the 2020 NFL season. And while it seems business as usual for some top teams and players, there could certainly be some surprises over the coming six months. Below we are going to look at all the top betting lines for futures markets. Odds are supplied by 888sport, an in play betting specialist, and are correct as of July 2020.
Super Bowl LV Winner
The Kansas City Chiefs, as expected, lead the way at a price of 6/1 (+600), and they will look to become the first team to repeat since the Patriots in the mid-2000s. The Baltimore Ravens (13/2), San Francisco 49ers (10/1), and New Orleans Saints (12/1) are also likely to be backed. There will inevitably be a lot of interest in the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14/1), but punters should also be wary about the cohesiveness of the team, and prudence suggests to wait to see if the new roster gels. At 17/1, the Patriots find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being almost outsiders. Fans of the Dallas Cowboys (17/1), the Philadelphia Eagles (20/1), and the Seattle Seahawks (22/1) will also fancy their team’s chances of success.
Patrick Mahomes is favored to win a second MVP award, and he is a clear market leader at 4/1. Last season’s winner, Lamar Jackson, should not be overlooked, of course, and is found at a tempting price of 7/1. By far the most interesting candidate, however, is Russell Wilson at 8/1. The Seahawks quarterback is certainly one of the best players in football right now, but will his chances be snuffed out if the Seahawks don’t perform? You can gather that the fortunes of one are wrapped up in the other. Dak Prescott (14/1), Tom Brady (16/1), Carson Wentz (20/1), and Drew Brees (25/1) round out the usual suspects in the MVP betting market.
Two teams – the Chiefs (3/1) and the Ravens (19/4) – dominate the betting markets for the AFC Championship. The Patriots (9/1) should never be ruled out, and the Indianapolis Colts (12/1) look like an interesting long shot.
Much more open than the AFC, the 49ers (5/1) have the status as marginal favorites, ahead of the Saints (6/1), Buccaneers (7/1) and Cowboys (17/2). The Eagles (10/1) and the Minnesota Vikings (11/1) are also in the running.
Coach of the Year
An interesting betting market, Coach of the Year hasn’t gone to the boss of a Super-Bowl winning team since Bill Belichick in the 2003 season. Bruce Arians is the co-favorite to win the award for a third time at 12/1, but you’d imagine that the Bucs will have to be near perfect. Belichick is also 12/1, but this market is something of a lottery.
Defensive Player of the Year
To finish, the market for Defensive Player of the Year. Aaron Donald is the clear market leader at 7/1, and he will be aiming to emulate J.J Watt with a record-equaling third award. Nick Bosa (12/1) and Khali Mack (14/1) are also in the running.