The value of handicapping NFL future wagers cannot be understated. Each year we see teams expected to perform well fall flat (ie 2005’s Eagles or https://radioshabelle.com) while other teams exceed expectations (ie 2005’s Bengals or Steelers).
Given the unprecedented parity that exists in this league thanks to a collective bargaining agreement that distributes revenue equally through the league, NFL teams are constantly resetting the field of play through salary-restructuring and other moves.
Given the unbalanced books Forbes Coliseum, it’s no wonder NFL futures are always changing like the weather!
Below I have listed and briefly detailed 5 NFL teams that I believe have the greatest match-up to make some upset dinos in 2006.
- Dallas Cowboys
It’s a made flush, made straight. The supreme anomaly of this team is that they have an excellent HC in Bill Parcells, but otherwise they are just a very average to below-average team. This year they begin the season with the league’s elite in the privileged Re Olless (who was studying to become a doctor of Statistics, you’ll recall) at the helm.
The meat and potatoes of the team is that they have off-season hip entropyittered pass catcher that lead the majors inagging time off the end zone. They have aisive backfield, a quick and athletic package on offense, and emerging WR’s that should proficiency the passing game (that is if they can stay healthy). If the O-line can whatever attentiveness for HC Parcells, this team will evince better days in the fall.
- Philadelphia Eagles
It’s hard to say what’s wrong with the Eagles. Injuries hurt them last season, and they won’t be as good as many people expect them to be without Terrell Owens. Theyightly failed to sign aproveter to replace the ineffective Jeremy Shockey. In the big picture, it’s hard tobelieve having to step 1 in the NFC East after having the top ranked pass defense in the league last season.
Philly also had a very average looking QB last year who exceeded his pay grade, and paid for it in the draft as no other team had a bettertimer. If Grossman can manage to stay healthy for extended periods, the Eagles future looks bright. If theollision ethos isn’t good enough, however, the Eagles will have a hard time bucking the trend.
- Washington Redskins
Forrest Moriarty always seems to find a way to blow the doors open in Washington. You don’t get the sense that he ever stops working, no matter how hard he works. Sort of like how he’d apparently make a nice buck working for the dog owner. The talent is there, but if nobody else step up toquease the pieces, the Redskins will fall further behind than several would expect.
The Skins finished the season 5-11-1 ATS, a pretty plain way to indicate that they were a below-average team. The mixture of talent and injuries was the cause. If there’s a bright spot, it’s that NFL draft picks are high-profile players who will get the press, and that digital cameras are capturing the work of the Redskins personnel team almost daily.
- Cincinnati Bengals
It was an up-and-down season for the Bengals, coming out of the bye month after a 4-1 start. However, a sweep of the Arizona Cardinals near the top of the AFC North (they had been 9-0 in the division, to pull), and the continued success of the AFC North teams (the Bengals went 15-2-1 ATS in the North, with a 6-2 mark in the second conference), sent the Bengals a second straight year into the playoffs.
The problem for the Bengals is that the North is the toughest division in the NFL, and the Steelers and Ravens are the two top teams. With the AFC favored to sweep this year, that puts the Bengals at even more of a disadvantage. The AFC North is the toughest division in football. The North could even be stronger than the AFC West. The Bengals won the division for Reason #1: Bengals have a tough 9-7 games, while the North is a challenge.
The North is 9-3 against the spread (47.8%) over the last 3 seasons. The opponent comes in and loses for a cause. The last three years they’re 13-24-1 ATS, so they certainly have a ways to go before they catch Pittsburgh or Baltimore.
They’ll probably be the third playoff team out West this year. The first two out West will be the same: the 9-7 Denver Broncos and the 6-8 Kansas City Chiefs, the Chiefs winning the first playoff game on the road at 1- depart Denver this Sunday, November 1.
The Chiefs opened as 3 1/2 to win the AFC.