Preseason is finally over. Now we can have some serious discussion on real football. I just don't understand betting preseason. Not condemning you if you do bet preseason.
I don't understand how you handicap players that won't be in the NFL Wednesday. Enough.
1st week is always hard, in my opinion. Go lightly. Free agents, top draft picks, how will they all play together. New coaches, coordinators. But every team is 0-0 and excited.
I'll give my week 1 picks when it gets closer. Today lets talk about futures.
I don't do a lot of futures. The one's I do are long shots. Remember that.
1. Atlanta to win NFC South. +210
NFC South can be anybody's guess. TB lost Brady, Carolina has new QB and lost McCaffrey. NO is favored and I think Carr is an upgrade at QB.
Atlanta: Ridder is in his second year. Things will slow down for him. Coach Smith 3rd year usually a good year. Atlanta has the second easiest schedule. They used free agency to shore up their defense with many veterans. Not good for the future, but good for us this year. DT Campbell, DE Dupree, DB Okudah, Safety Bates, DL Onyemata, LB Ellis. Offensively they had a top 5 OL. RB Robinson is a beast and Patterson and Allgeire are strong complements. They did not address the passing game. Miller and Hollin are OK. London is a good one. TE Pitt should have a come back season.
Interesting stat: In 17 games, the Falcons either won or lost by one score or less in 15 of the 17 games.
Only two teams were “in” more games than the Falcons last year: the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs and the 13-3 Buffalo Bills.
Next we will talk about Steelers.