NFL preseason odds have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as prohibitive long shots while the Carolina Panthers could emerge as a football gambling surprise value team.
There is not much more that can be said that hasn’t been said already about the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, who finished 13-3 last year. The Saints only covered half of their games against the spread, however, as they became something of an overlay the more the public became enamored with them.
With the reputation of being a high scoring team with a sieve like defense the odds makers jacked the over/under total numbers sky high on New Orleans causing them to go over the total just 6 times. The Drew Brees offense will continue to score plenty of points but the defense needs to improve and the Saints will get everyone’s best shot.
Add in the public making the Saints a top choice and you have the makings of a potential poor board value at the start of the year.
The Atlanta Falcons are a popular choice to unseat the Saints in the South as quarterback Matt Ryan is expected to rebound with better surrounding talent after a drop-off from his sensational rookie season of 2008. The Falcons enjoyed their first ever back to back winning season as they went 9-7 last year and got the money 11 times.
Coach Mike Smith has developed the young Falcons into a team with the habit of winning and proved that the 2008 playoff run was no fluke.
The Carolina Panthers are just one season removed from being the top seed in the NFC and are now a bargain value with the football odds. Much like a quality horse that was a beaten favorite the Panthers may storm back with a vengeance as John Fox has had just 1 losing season in the last 5.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers deserve to be the long shot that they are with the NFL preseason odds. Tampa Bay is in a massive youth movement and rebuilding mode and was one of the worst teams in the NFL on both sides of the line last year.
But with many returning starters including quarterback Josh Freeman this could be a dangerous dog with bite.