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However, handicappers have also gathered more information and locked in on value spots, causing sports books to change the projected win totals for each NFL team. Nagel is a Nevada-based expert who hit 70 percent of his NFL spread selections last season, including a perfect in postseason picks. He also has a documented record of in prop-bet specials for SportsLine. Following intensive research and analysis of all NFL teams , Nagel scoured the futures betting menu and has identified five win totals to jump on now.
Those picks are available over at SportsLine. Nagel knows expectations are sky-high for Gruden to duplicate the success he had with Oakland in his first tenure when he was hailed as a coaching prodigy. Gruden went on to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers before he was eventually let go.
Most observers anticipated Gruden would use broadcasting as a stop-gap hobby while he pondered his next NFL head coaching opportunity. Instead, his legend skyrocketed as a larger-than-life personality known for his unbridled enthusiasm for the game while still working with players in various settings. That is, until the Raiders came calling again with an open checkbook and the hope Gruden could again restore the franchise to glory as it prepares for a move to Las Vegas.
Nagel believes Gruden will make an immediate impact on a team that went two seasons ago, and he expects the club to post a minimum record this season. So which teams can you count on to beat projections, and which clubs are destined to come up short?
Visit SportsLine now to get the top five win-total picks from an accomplished handicapper who hit 70 percent of his NFL picks last season. The Chargers finished their last season with 9 wins out of their last 12 games after going at the start of the season. The Raiders are up and down throughout the season, whether it being game schedules or starting their season with 4 games out of Oakland.
A year after playing a franchise record five prime-time games, the Raiders are under the lights four times in With the return of Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins look to bounce back from a lost season, the Dolphins feel like a middling team teetering on another rebuild. Late-season games against the Patriots, Jaguars, and Minnesota could determine their season. If everything goes as planned the New England Patriots will be able to make their patented late-season push.
While still rebuilding the New York Jets are heading into their third consecutive losing season and eight consecutive years out of the playoffs, in other words, when do they start playing in ? The AFC South has had trouble performing at the same level as the other divisions. With the returns of J. The Jacksonville Jaguars are predicted to become the AFC South Champions for a repeat of last season, the offense has been improved with the addition of Andrew Norwell and ranked as the fifth highest scoring of the season.
With 4 going to the Green Bay Packers who supposedly have the toughest schedule this season on paper. Tough start to the season facing Green Pay and Seattle, but their schedule lightens up considerably starting Week 3 predicted record The Detroit Lions have taken under a new coaching staff under Matt Patricia, however, are still expected to deliver the same mediocre results Detroit has seen over the past few years.
The Lions still face too many holes in the offense the line and run game and far too many questions in their defensive line pass rush and interior line for them to be anything special this year, but the draft could change this predicted record Bank Stadium since it opened in predicted record The Dallas Cowboys have won the most Super Bowl titles with 5, however, their offseason has not been great with free-agent losses and the release of Dez Bryant.
The New York Giants have a brutal seven-game stretch to open the season which will be tough to navigate. The defending Champions return with 19 of 22 starters and will be fueled by a talented group of players coming off injury led by Wentz and Jason Peters who stress that Super Bowl hangover is not an option.
The Eagles begin their title defense against the Atlanta Falcons , their schedule is no cake walk as they face seven teams that made the postseason last year. To improve overall, the Redskins need better health for key young players to develop such as Josh Doctson , if these happen they could perform decently this season.
The Atlanta Falcons have a tough start to the season facing the defending champions in Philidelphia. They turn around with back-to-back home games against the Panthers and Buccaneers, followed by another home game against the Bengals. The main focus for the Falcons seems to be the division race as they close the season at Carolina and Tampa Bay predicted record The two meet in Charlotte during Week 15 and then conclude the season in New Orleans in Week 17 , these games could be the difference between which team goes and predicted record for the Panthers.
Expectations remain high for the New Orleans Saints , as long as they can buck their trend of slow starts over the past four years. New Orleans must take advantage of their early schedule because their final 10 weeks are loaded with playoff contenders predicted record The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost seven games last season in a one-score game with five decided by three points or less in overtime.
With Jameis Winston healthy and improved chemistry with DeSean Jackson, and a fully revamped defensive line this draft could go a long way predicted record The West division has seen its fair share of Super Bowl experience, the division combines 13 Super Bowl appearances and a total of 7 Super Bowl Championships. They have stretches of difficulty in both halves of their season, with their late stretch containing; Green Bay, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, and the Seahawks.
It will be a tough finish to the season for Arizona predicated record Los Angeles Rams are looking great as they start their season with five prime-time games and 3 of out 4 of their first games at home. Week 2 takeaways for every team: Concern for Eagles, Steelers? Bucs' Fitzpatrick tosses 4 TDs in win Matthews: No denying Saquon Barkley's skills, but Giants goofed in drafting him at No. With an aggressive new identity, Cowboys' defense stymies Giants Dallas sacked Eli Manning six times, including five times off blitzes, as the Cowboys now can depend on their defense to win games.
Eli Manning, offensive line make Giants' weapons obsolete. Andrew Luck finally gets some help in first win since season. We don't need Matt Ryan to be Superman, but he was Sunday.
Supporting cast fails Kirk Cousins in intro to Packers-Vikings rivalry. Sam Darnold's Broadway debut: Some promise, too many mistakes. Packers have to show they can win with a gimpy Aaron Rodgers. Sunday a reminder of why the Eagles need Carson Wentz. Saints avoid disaster with first victory, keep Browns waiting. Broncos are , but high-powered opponents will be a big defensive challenge No buzz: Redskins' offense falls flat as year sellout streak ends. Forget rookie's rough home opener: Elliott's 6-yard TD run cushions Cowboys' lead.
This team accepted the challenge Cowboys QB Dak Prescott speaks about accepting the challenge from the Giants and how it wasn't just him, but the whole team. Zeke on long drive: Eli 'confident' in the Giants Eli Manning says he's confident in himself and his teammates, but everyone needs to play on the same page. Eli flabbergasted after sack Cowboys DT Antwaun Woods swarms in to sack Eli Manning, who is left puzzled as he gets up for the next play.
Shurmur senses confidence from Manning Giants coach Pat Shurmur iterates multiple times that he's seen confidence from Eli Manning and that team needs to get better. Eli takes a huge hit from Smith Eli Manning takes off on 3rd and goal after finding no one to pass to and Jaylon Smith stops Eli in his path with a huge hit. Prescott finds Austin for yard TD Dak Prescott drops a pass deep to Tavon Austin, who breezes into the end zone to complete a yard play.
Cowboys Manning, offensive line make Giants' weapons obsolete.