NFL preseason odds have longer odds on the Chicago Bears but the Monsters of the Midway may prove to be a football gambling sleeper that offers great value.
The Minnesota Vikings rallied to finish 12-4 straight up and win the NFC North Division last year while covering the spread 9 times. Brett Favre agreed to play a more controlled style under head coach Brad Childress and had one of the finest seasons of his career while throwing just 7 interceptions, an all time low for the future hall of famer.
The defense was aggressive and a turnover/sack machine while Adrian Peterson was a strong runner, though prone to fumbles. Minnesota beat themselves in the NFC title game with 5 turnovers at New Orleans. The Vikings are at their peak and must take advantage of that before the window of opportunity closes.
The Green Bay Packers were a top five team in the NFL on both sides of the line last year and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has emerged into elite status. The Packers finished 11-5 straight up and a super 11-4-1 against the spread as their defense showed marked improvement.
It will be difficult for Green Bay to cover 11 games for the second consecutive season as well as lead the NFL in turnover ratio as they did last year. Gamblers may want to exercise caution based on those two factors.
The Chicago Bears will have new coordinators for both offense and defense and a much more positive outlook as super star linebacker and team leader Brian Urlacher returns after missing last year due to an injury.
Quarterback Jay Cutler should thrive under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz and rebound with a strong year. Chicago could be a surprise value play with the football odds this year.
The Detroit Lions are a well justified long shot with the NFL preseason odds as they are still digging out from the debacle that was the Matt Millen era. Detroit did win 2 games last year after losing all 16 in 2008 and covered just 4 games against the spread last year.
There are simply too many holes yet to fill on the Lions and quarterback Matt Stafford must show marked improvement and better durability after a rough rookie season in 2009.