Corrigan’s Gambling Corner: 2021 NFL Futuresby Daniel Corrigan June 18, 2021 1 comment
We are still a few months away from the NFL season, but that is the perfect time to start looking at some futures. Today, we will take a look at the best value picks for the Super Bowl, AFC/NFC Championships, and MVP award.
2021 Super Bowl Winner: L.A. Rams (+1000)
The Rams were able to get to the Super Bowl under a mediocre Jared Goff. Now that the criminally underrated Matt Stafford is in town, the Rams should be considered a serious threat to win the Super Bowl.
With weapons like Cam Akers, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee, the Rams have some serious weapons for Stafford to play with. With the genius of Sean McVay when it comes to play-calling, it is going to be very interesting to watch such a talented offense go to work this season.
While they had one of the top defenses in the NFL last season, they will be without John Johnson III and Troy Hill as both players bolted to Cleveland in the offseason. Even with both of them gone, the Rams still have a talented defense led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. If the offense lives up to its potential, they should be able to pick up any slack from the defense.
Again, this is the best value. I’m not sure anyone will top Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, but at +550, the Bucs’ odds are not worth it.
NFC Champion: L.A. Rams (+500)
AFC Champion: Cleveland Browns (+750)
Yes, those Cleveland Browns.
This may be a little bit of bias because I am a huge Browns fan, but something just feels different with them this season.
Obviously, this pick is going to live and die with whatever version of Baker Mayfield we are getting. After a 2019 season in which Mayfield regressed significantly, he came out and became a game manager and allowed the run game to flourish. In the process of doing that, he improved his completion percentage from 58 percent to 63 percent and was under double-digit interceptions for the first time in his career. Kevin Stefanski seems to have figured out the perfect game plan for a quarterback like Mayfield and he has a dangerous squad around him.
With Odell Beckham Jr returning from an ACL injury, and an improved defense led by the acquisitions of Johnson, Hill, Jadeveon Clowney, and draft picks like Greg Newsome II and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the Browns finally have a defense that won’t allow Chad Henne to scramble for 13 yards with a trip to the AFC championship on the line.
Top-to-bottom, the Browns have the best roster in the AFC, and arguably the entire NFL. The question is, can they finally put it all together?
2021 NFL MVP: Josh Allen (+1000)
Last season, Allen took one of the largest leaps for a young quarterback since, well, Lamar Jackson.
He has all the physical tools to be one of, if not the best quarterback in the league. He is tall, has a nuke, and is very good at tucking the ball away and scoring with his feet, as he has done 25 times in his short career. As a passer, Allen improved his adjusted completion percentage on downfield throws (20-plus yards) to 46 percent, which is higher than the league average of 42 percent.
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