Our NFL futures best bets for the new NFL season, including expert NFL picks surrounding some of NFL’s most popular franchises.
The beauty of the NFL in 2022 is there’s no such thing as an ‘unpopular’ team.
We’ve seen repeatedly that you can take any two NFL teams, put them on TV on a Thursday night (even in a late regular-season game with both teams eliminated from playoff contention), and the game will compete with or even defeat all other U.S. sporting events in terms of TV ratings for the week.
So, there’s really no such thing as an unpopular NFL team. But some teams garner extra attention, whether it’s because of a winning record, a star player, or a fanbase that spreads throughout the nation. These are the teams we’re discussing today.
Popularity is one thing, but this list is intended to run down the NFL teams whose games will garner the most attention from bettors this season. As an added bonus, we offer at least one intriguing wager per team in question.
Buffalo Bills NFL Futures
The ‘forgotten’ New York team won’t stay that way for long. Why?
Well, one reason is the emergence of Josh Allen as one of the game’s top quarterbacks. No one who watched last year’s playoffs and Allen’s duel with Patrick Mahomes will overlook Allen again anytime soon.
More importantly for our purposes, however, New York is king in the sports wagering market right now. The state has surpassed $10 billion in online wagering handle in its first eight months, and 2022 will be the Empire State’s first full football season with legalized sports wagering.
The Bills didn’t emerge victorious from Arrowhead Stadium last January, but they clearly made a mark – the Bills are the Super Bowl favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook this season with odds of +600. Click here to bet on them to win Super Bowl 57 today.
Best NFL Futures Bet for Buffalo: Bills to Win AFC East (-225)
The odds aren’t too enticing, but it’s more than a fair price for a returning playoff team in a division filled with unproven quarterbacks, injury concerns, and coaching uncertainty. Buffalo figures to win its third consecutive AFC East title with relative ease this season.
Dallas Cowboys NFL Futures Best Bets
Cowboys haters may want to look away – but the truth is, the team enjoys a national following like no other.
A full 26 years have passed since Dallas’ last Super Bowl title, yet the team still enjoys a national fanbase, repeated appearance on national television, and thousands of fans at each road game. Not to mention the largest seating capacity in the NFL at their home field, AT&T Stadium.
So why only No. 4? Quite simply, sports wagering isn’t legal in the Cowboys’ home state of Texas. Yes, it’s a national fanbase, but the team remains most popular at home in Texas, home to almost 30 million people. If Texas were to legalize sports wagering, this list could look quite different.
Best Bet for Dallas: Cowboys Under 10.5 Regular Season Wins (-135)
It might not be much fun for Cowboys fans, but with a resurgent Eagles team plus the New York Giants and Washington Commanders gunning for ‘America’s Team’ in the division, the Cowboys can’t afford too many slip-ups in non-divisional games. Bad news, as they take on both of last year’s Super Bowl participants in the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals and open the season with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Las Vegas Raiders NFL Futures Bets
This one’s pretty easy. The Entertainment Capital of the World finally has an NFL team, and not only is sports wagering ubiquitous in Las Vegas, the city has become a favorite destination for visiting fans who figure to place a bet while in town watching their team take on the Raiders.
True, a lot of these bets may be against the Raiders. But there’s little questions the team’s games will enjoy increased popularity with bettors.
NFL Futures Best Bet for Las Vegas: Raiders to Win AFC West (+650)
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Now we’re getting into some enticing odds. The Kansas City Chiefs have ruled the AFC West in recent years, but an influx of new talent has the divisional race wide open this year. So why not take the Raiders at generous odds of +650, with QB Derek Carr in a “prove yourself” year alongside new acquisition Davante Adams, considered by many to be among the best wide receivers in the game.
Philadelphia Eagles Futures Picks
A surprising choice to some, perhaps, but it’s a convergence of geography and football that brings the Birds to this spot on our list.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are just behind New York in terms of sports wagering handle, and guess where most Eagles fans live? Atlantic City is routinely packed on game days, and the Live! Casino and Hotel just outside Lincoln Financial Field is home to an impressive FanDuel Aportsbook.
What’s more, after a strong offseason and acing the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles are a favorite among bettors this season, garnering considerable attention as a surprise Super Bowl contender.
Philadelphia Eagles Expert Pick: Eagles to Win NFC Championship (+1200)
You could go for the bigger score here and take Philadelphia to win the Super Bowl at +2500, but it’s hard to deny the depth and strength of the AFC this season.
Meanwhile, the NFC looks wide open, especially in the East where Philadelphia plays. A division title would mean at least one playoff game at ‘the Linc’, where the Eagles enjoy one of football’s best home-field advantages. At +1200, it’s tempting to take Philadelphia to make the trip to Glendale, AZ for Super Bowl 57.
New York Giants and New York Jets Futures Bets
Yup, we’re back to New York with our NFL futures best bets. The Giants and Jets may have to share America’s largest media market, but with over 20 million people in the metropolitan area there’s plenty of wagers to go around. Plus, no one said you have to root for the team to bet on their games!
New York is more than ready for their first full football season with legalized mobile wagering, and the area’s favorite teams stand to garner the lion’s share of attention.
And for those who want to point out that the Giants and Jets ACTUALLY play their home games in New Jersey? Good news – guess which state is ranked No. 2, just behind New York in sports wagering handle for 2022?
New York Giants Best Bet: Giants Under 7.5 Regular Season Wins (+125)
Now for the bad news – it doesn’t figure to be a particularly fruitful 2022 season for the Giants and Jets. The Giants may be improved under new head coach Brian Daboll, but with so much uncertainty and the repeated struggles of quarterback Daniel Jones, plus-money odds for a team who went 4-13 a year ago to stay below eight wins is too good to pass up.
Jets NFL Futures Expert Pick: Jets to have NFL’s Worst Regular Season Record (+900)
Meanwhile, an already-rebuilding Jets squad absorbed another blow when quarterback Zach Wilson went down with an injury in the first quarter of the first preseason game. Wilson should only miss a couple games, but it’s not an encouraging sign for a franchise that already figured to be fighting an uphill battle in 2022.
The Texans, Falcons, and Jaguars figure to join the race to the bottom, but at odds of +900 and an injury at the most important position, the Jets present a great opportunity.