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NFL futures picks ahead of the preseason
Updated August 3, 2021
Here we are in early August, and football fans across the world can’t wait for the 2021 campaign to get here. With training camps fully underway, we’re about a month away from Week 1. In this piece, we have NFL futures picks ahead of the preseason. Having said that, will the Bucs repeat as Super Bowl champs or will someone be able to take down Tom Brady and company?
Kansas City is the favorite to win the Super Bowl this season
While Tampa Bay was dominant last year against the Chiefs in the big game, Kansas City is the favorite to win the Super Bowl this season. That shouldn’t come as a massive stunner, as Patrick Mahomes is fully healed from his offseason foot surgery and he’s wasted no time whatsoever making incredible plays in KC during the team’s training camp.
Not just that, Kansas City has been incredibly busy this offseason improving the roster. More specifically, the Chiefs have totally revamped the offensive line. This includes the massive signing of superstar Joe Thuney. The offensive tackle made countless headlines when he signed his five-year, $80 million contract with the reigning AFC champions. Now, he’ll man things upfront.
Not only that, but the Chiefs feature countless superstar players. On offense alone, guys like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will be ready to be reliable options once again for Mahomes. Hill is one of the fastest players in the league, which makes it nearly impossible for Mahomes to overthrow him. Meanwhile, for Kelce, there’s no denying he’s one of the best tight ends in the game.
Per the Las Vegas Sportsbooks, the Chiefs have been given +500 Super Bowl odds to win the Super Bowl next winter. Behind them, the Bucs are +650, the Bills are +1200, the Packers are +1200 and the 49ers are +1400. When you’re getting ready to make your pick for who will take home the Lombardi Trophy, we strongly believe that the Chiefs will get the job done. They’re our pick. Agree? Check out our NFL betting sites to get a wager in.
We don’t think the Bucs will get back to the Super Bowl next season
Believe it or not, we don’t think the Bucs will get back to the Super Bowl next season. Why? That’s because we’re anticipating the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers to do so instead. Entering the new season, Tampa Bay has the best odds to win the NFC Championship Game at +300. Meanwhile, for the Packers, they’ve been listed at +500.
What will this come down to? Rodgers. The reigning MVP and the front office had an incredibly dramatic offseason, as Rodgers revealed that he almost retired. He and general manager Brian Gutekunst simply don’t get along, which almost led to him hanging up his cleats and not returning to Lambeau Field for this upcoming season. Instead, Rodgers is indeed back in town.
After taking home MVP honors last year – when he threw 48 touchdowns and only five interceptions – Rodgers will surely be motivated to have another huge year, especially after the problems the team had in recent months. After Green Bay lost to the Bucs in the NFC title game last winter, you just know that Rodgers wants to go out and get revenge on Brady.
Despite them not holding the No. 1 odds to win the NFC, Green Bay is indeed our pick to win the conference this year and get to the Super Bowl to take on the Chiefs. On top of Rodgers, superstar wide receiver Davante Adams will look to have a monster season to try and earn a contract to become the NFL’s highest-paid WR. Gutekunst would be wise to make him happy. This could be a special year for the Packers.
Over in the Pacific Northwest, can the Seahawks win the NFC West? That division is without question one of the most competitive ones in the NFL, as the Rams, Seahawks, and 49ers all are expected to make a serious push to come out on top. Per Vegas, the 49ers have the No. 1 NFL odds at +185, while the Rams are right behind them at +195. As for the Seahawks, they’re at +270.
After a disappointing season last year, where they were eliminated by the Rams in the AFC Wild Card Round, Seattle and Russell Wilson are hoping to get back on track with a bang. Things are complicated, however, as the 49ers look tough, and the Rams went out and traded for Matthew Stafford this offseason. With Stafford now in town, LA is looking quite dangerous.
This doesn’t matter to Seattle and Pete Carroll, though. The Seahawks have what it takes to not only compete for a division title but surprise plenty of folks as well. When Wilson is playing his absolute best, he’s among the top signal-callers out there. Will the defense be able to rise up to the occasion? We’ll find out soon enough. With that said, Seattle is our pick to win the NFC West.