In last week’s NFL blog, I wrote about the teams in the NFC East that football bettors were going to dump money on in the NFL sportsbook. I think that online bookies need to utilize all of the tools at their disposal via pay per head companies in order to make sure that they don’t end up taking a bath on a dog or even a favorite to win an NFL Division.
This week, I write about the AFC East Division.
AFC East Division Future Betting
New England Patriots -225 – The ugliness that ensued due to Deflategate is still with us. Has that changed the fervor surrounding the New England Patriots? Not really. The Pats are holding steady in sports books as the +600 favorite to win Super Bowl 51. When it comes to the AFC East Division, the Patriots are a solid -225.
Bookies had better pay attention to how much money their players are putting on the Pats to win the AFC East. New England plays in a somewhat lousy division. The Patriots have won the division in 12 out of the past 13 years. The odds imply that New England may have trouble in the first 4 games without Terrific Tom Brady. It may not matter. Football betting online players might dump on the Pats at the -225 odds.
Buffalo Bills +500 – Bills coach Rex Ryan is 1 and 9 straight up in the last 10 meetings with the New England Patriots. Last season, Rex and the Bills lost a shootout to the Pats, 32 to 40, as well as a slower grind it out game to the Pats, 13 to 20.
At +500, Buffalo and Rex Ryan are an underlay to touch the Patriots in the AFC East this season. The defense should be very good with Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland roaming around. But the offense could have some trouble. Already WR Sammy Watkins is hurt. Already RB Karlos Williams has shown up to mini-camp overweight. There are a lot of reasons for online bookies to consider utilizing football PPH tools in order to bump up the wagers on Buffalo to win the AFC East. Maybe, even offering odds higher on the Bills than what Vegas sports books are offering.
New York Jets +500 – NFL online betting pros may end up looking towards the Jets as the team that could challenge the Patriots in the AFC East. The Jets started out last season going 4 and 1 straight up. They finished the season going 5 and 1 straight up. Not only that, but the Jets had a great draft.
Coach Todd Bowles knows what he’s doing. The key for NYJ will be when, or if, they resign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The fact that NYJ is at +500 even though Fitz isn’t under contract is a clue of how well football handicappers regard the Jets’ chances of upsetting New England. Online bookies should pay attention to the action on this team. Bookies might want to change the odds as soon as word comes out that Fitzpatrick has resigned with the Jets.
Miami Dolphins +1000 – I don’t have much faith in the Dolphins winning the AFC East this season. I’m not sure if any bettors do. Since the betting odds are at 10 to 1, bookies should make sure to put max limits on how much money any single player can wager on Miami to win the AFC East. Who knows? It could happen because Adam Gase, Miami’s new head coach, is a gifted play caller. But other than putting a max limit, there isn’t more that bookies need to do to ensure that the Dolphins don’t pull a Premier League Leicester City type win over the other teams in the AFC East. The Fins simply shouldn’t be good enough.
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