With the 2021/22 NFL season now well underway, fans have already set in motion their early predictions for the new season and anticipate the return of their favorite sides from a variety of potential markets.
Return of NFL Action:
The NFL is one of sports most prestigious and distinguished leagues with a major attraction and interest towards fans of Football.
Bolstering some of the world’s greatest athletes and most talented star names, it’s not hard to understand why the league gains such a major traction and intrigue from viewers, in particular neutral spectators.
With a total of 32 teams split across two heavily competitive and highly engrossing conferences, there’s plenty of action to keep all forms of sporting fans entertained, especially with some of the renowned skill and capabilities that are proved in a by each team based on their performances/rewatchable product on the field.
This season will mark the Super Bowl’s 56th event, one of the most widely coveted and broadcasted sporting events in the world, as fans chalk up their early season predictions on who is likely to represent the very best from the NF and AF conferences.
Last season, Tom Brady won his seventh championship ring as he and fellow All-Pro stars Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh, and Antonio Brown, among others, ensured that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers triumphed in the 55th incarnation of the Super Bowl over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
After a lengthy off-season, the NFL is back and with franchises bolstering a vast number of new names from free agency or via the 2021 NFL Draft, fans are eager sink their intrigue back into the new season as sports fanatics are sure to be treated to some gripping action for the next several months.
Any football fans who are interested in placing bets on any NFL games must also be aware of the teams they are betting for and against, whether they are the quintessential favorite or the considerable underdogs.
Gambling on the 2021/22 NFL season and franchise markets:
With all 32 teams setting differential goals and tactics going into the new season, fans must remain aware of the extensive background of each NFL franchise and other factors including depth/quality of roster, marquee incomings, outgoings, resigning names and previous season finishes.
Teams that finished near the bottom of their respected conference including the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons were all rewarded with higher odds in the 2021 Draft in comparison to teams who finished higher in the standings.
These teams are likely to be in a rebuilding phase as they are becoming more dependent on drafting in younger stars to their rosters and investing in the future, meaning that such teams will likely still fall short of a spot in the Play-Offs or scrape a passage as a Wildcard come the end of the regular season.
Other teams will be looking to gain a swift passage into the NFL post-season and will likely remain as the stronger favorites in the current NFL betting odds due to their current stature and overlapping dominance over their divisions.
It is also key to remember the direction and market that most NFL teams play under.
Just because one franchise can gain more media attention and curiosity than another, does not necessarily mean that should be considered as the out-and-out favorite, as smaller market sides have now gained a major number of honors and improved rosters ahead of their bigger market counterparts.
For example, Wisconsin as a state, is one of the smaller sport markets in the United States due a smaller population and differential interest in sport compared to other major states. In spite of this, Wisconsin now harbors one of the NFLs best teams, the Green Bay Packers, and saw the NBA franchise, Milwaukee Bucks, win the 2021 NBA Finals over a larger market team in the Phoenix Suns.
The two NFL New York franchises, Jets and Giants, operate out of the countries biggest global market and in such are two of the league’s most recognizable and valuable franchises on the planet along with the likes of fellow major market sides, Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots from Forbes’ top 100 most valuable franchise list.
Small market teams may not be as definite or as significant to neutral fans nor to casual newcomers of the sport, but these teams have gained a greater reputation over the past several years and should never be underestimated purely based on their market’s viability compared to others.
Moreover, due to most teams looking at long-term success and an ever-expanding salary cap, which will likely come with further viewing of the league on a global scale, teams are now more than capable of becoming a major contender over an accelerated period with trades and looming player free agency’s playing a critical role on many smaller teams establishing themselves as a driving force in their conference.
The NFL is always a challenging league to predict and track during an ever-extensive regular season, but fans of betting and football must remain highly acquainted with teams they are siding towards in bets most likely putting their own loyalties for their own favored teams aside, especially if their team is in the process of ‘tanking’, as some sides may look to build on for the future in next year’s Draft.
Be sure to keep fully up to date with all future betting adjustments but most importantly, enjoy the game.
After all the NFL is well and truly back!