Las Vegas has released the over/under win totals for each NFL team for the 2017 season, and there are some surprises, as we here at SportSmasher.com look for value. We think that some of the win totals are too high, while other are far too low, and we here want you to make money this season. Here is the SportSmasher.com breakdown of three teams that will go over their win totals in Las Vegas:
Win Total Set Too Low:
Carolina Panthers: 8.5 Wins – Plays AFC East, NFC North, Philadelphia and San Francisco – One team that should have a bounce back year in 2017 is the Carolina Panthers, they still have 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton under center, and they finally got him some help. The Panthers added two dynamic playmakers during the 2017 NFL Draft in Christian McCaffery and Curtis Samuel, both of who can line up all over offensive formations, and can impact the game as both runners and receivers. The Panthers also signed two veteran free agent wideouts, Russell Shapard and Charles Johnson, while Kelvin Benjamin should be more confident in his knee after an injury cost him the entire 2015 season and he struggled in 2016. The Panthers also signed veteran left tackle Matt Kailil to solidify their problematic offensive line, signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to improve their secondary, and brought back legend Julius Peppers to boost their pass rush. Everyone loves what their division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers did this offseason, but my top candidate to rebound this year is Cam Newton, and the Carolina Panthers.
Cincinnati Bengals: 8.5 Wins – Plays AFC South, NFC North, Buffalo and Denver – When tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver A.J. Green missed time with injuries last season, the Bengals offense totally sputtered, so they took precautions to add playmakers to be sure that will not happen again. The Bengals drafted receiver John Ross ninth overall, Ross is the fastest player in the history of the NFL combine, but he was also extremely productive at the University of Washington. The opposing defense must account for Ross on every single play, due to his speed, and his ability to take the top off of a defense will open things up underneath for Andy Dalton in the passing game. The Bengals also drafted running back Joe Mixon, who has red flags due to his off field behavior, but might be the most productive NFL running back in this draft class when all is said and done. The Bengals first round pick in the 2016 draft cornerback William Jackson IIII tore a pectoral muscle, and missed the entire 2016 season, they get him back healthy while they also selected pass rushers Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson in the draft to help their pass rush. While the Bengals lost two members of their offensive line in free agency, Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, they have been grooming Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher to start since selecting them in the first two round of the 2015 NFL Draft and also brought back Andre Smith in free agency. While I think their division rival Baltimore Ravens will take a step backwards this coming season, I expect the Bengals to step up, and contend with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC North crown.
Tennessee Titans: 8.5 Wins – Play AFC North, NFC West, Miami and Oakland – The Titians, Colts (Over/Under 9 Wins) and Texans (Over/Under 8.5 Wins) all have very close win totals in the AFC South, so if you want to make money, pick the team that you think will win the division. My money is on the Tennessee Titans, who have one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Marcus Mariota, who should make the jump to being an elite quarterback in 2017. What you love about Mariota is his accuracy, he rarely throws interceptions and puts the ball where only his receivers can catch it, he will be helped out this year with the addition of fifth overall pick Corey Davis who is an excellent route runner. Another rookie wide receiver to keep an eye on is Taywan Taylor, the Titans 3rd round pick out of Western Kentucky, who has turned heads with his play during training camp. The Titans have an excellent young pair of bookend tackles in Taylor Lewan and Jake Conklin, who should be ready to become one of the best tandems in the league, and will offer Mariota with solid protection. The Titans also upgraded their secondary this offseason, signing free agent cornerback Logan Ryan from the Patriots and safety Jonathan Cyprien from the Jaguars, while drafting Adoree Jackson in the first round out of USC who will help on both the secondary and on special teams. Finally, the pass rush gets an upgrade with the return of Kevin Dodd, the Titans second round pick in 2016 who misses the majority of the 2016 season with a foot injury.