The 2018-19 NFL season is upon us and sports fans all around the world cannot wait for it to begin. The regular season kicks off on Friday the 7th of September 2018 at 10:20 am with the reigning Super Bowl Champions, Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons, who had a 10-6 run last season.
So, what is different heading into this season? At the start of the 2017 season, we were talking about the sheer dominance of the New England Patriots and MVP Tom Brady who seems to have found the fountain of youth.
Many of us had the Patriots as a sure lock for the Super Bowl and possibly the championship. They did make it to the Super Bowl LII as many had predicted, however, they were conquered by the Eagles and could not match the heroics of Nick Foles who surprisingly led them to their first NFL championship in a thrilling match. After this, it is expected that we head into the new season with different expectations.
This time around, the Eagles are the reigning champions and so everyone is going for them at the top spot. Having come from a very unlikely spot to the very top, one might start to wonder if we can expect a similar surprise this season.
Could we possibly see a similar leap from the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, the Houston Texans or maybe even the 0-16 Cleveland Browns? (haha)
2018-19 NFL SuperBowl Winner
It is not surprising for the reigning champion to be favoured to win, however, for the Eagles, they still have not earned this kind confidence with bookmakers.
This is still an early call and a lot could change along the way considering injuries and how the teams play throughout the regular season and the playoffs.
So according to bookmakers, it appears that we might be looking at a Super Bowl rematch. Personally, I hope that the Super Bowl does not turn out to be like the Warriors versus Cavaliers NBA finals.
So, why are the Patriots the favourites? They have earned their place over the years having won nine consecutive AFC East Division Titles, and they are looking to make their third Super Bowl appearance in as many years.
As for their big names, they stayed together through the offseason. The future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are looking to display their dominance as they have done for some time now. Their new signings during the free agency such as LaAdrian Waddle seem to work for the team.
However, this dynasty may not last long and once the 41-year-old Tom Brady retires, we might not hear of the Patriots in the Super Bowl for a while. They also lost some talent such as backup QB Garappolo and media outlets report that Belichick was not happy with this trade.
The Super Bowl LII Champions, Philadelphia Eagles, are not to be slept on and some sports media outlets have them winning the chip for the second year in a row. Their roster is the definition of stacked. The Eagles have a 53-man roster and guess who their backup is? The reigning Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles.
They were plagued by injuries to key players during last year’s playoffs and that in itself might be enough motivation to keep them going all through. They have it all; the manpower, confidence in being at the top, and massive support from the city of brotherly love.
Betting tip: the Philadelphia Eagles are good value at the current $10 price – BET NOW
Biggest stories for the 2018-19 NFL Season
The New York Giants finished their 2017 season with a disappointing 3-13 record. They were plagued with problems such as the week five ankle injury of Odell Beckham Jr. that left him unable to play for the rest of the season.
They also fired Ben McAdoo who was replaced as head coach by, Pat Shurmur. OBJ recently signed a new 5 year $95 million dollar deal which he was ecstatic about as seen in his Instagram post. This new contract made him the highest paid WR at age 25.
It seems that he will have extra motivation from this contract to push him to lead the Giants to a better season. As of now, however, the Giants are currently at $40 odds to win the Super Bowl and that may not be a realistic goal for them this season. However, with the new coaching and the return of a happy Odell, they should be in a much better place this season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers who have for quite some time now been lurking not too far away have a fully loaded roster that is overflowing with talent. They have the ‘Triple B’ threat that consists of QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and Running Back Le’Veon Bell. This might be the last season that we see Bell in Steelers uniform as his contract runs out in one year and he might leave, bringing the trio down to a duo.
When talking about defence, you ought to mention the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are keen on defence and that led to their success. They were able to trade blows with the Patriots at last season’s AFC championship game and I think that they are in a good place this year.
The Los Angeles Rams are looking to give the Eagles a run for the NFC title. They made big moves in the free agency all with the hopes of bettering their roster and giving some good news to the sports fans LA. They were able to acquire Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos, Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins), Marcus Peters (Kansas City Chiefs), and Brandin Cooks (Patriots). We are yet to see how these new additions fit in but I think that they have a good shot in the NFC West and NFC chip.
Big improvers/big drifters?
The Cleveland Browns finished the last season without tasting a single victory, however, they might be better this season. They almost certainly will not make it as far as the Division Championship game or even the playoffs, but the only way left to go for them is forward and that is exactly what we might see from them.
They have great defensive potential in the form of Denzel Ward and Myles Garret. The biggest factor might be that for the first time in this current century, the Browns actually have a true starting QB. There are still doubts about their coaching staff’s competence but they might just figure it out and win a few games.
The Seattle Seahawks may be in danger coming into this new season. The last free agency saw them lose a couple of big names. Their prized ‘Legion of Boom’ defence is now gone and their defence cannot be at the same level as it was.
On the positive side, their offense could be slightly better and their schedule could also work in their favour. However, the negatives seem to outweigh the positive. We could be seeing the beginning of darker times for the Seahawks starting this season.
Regular season MVP Prediction
Aaron Rodgers is quite possibly the top pick for this category. This is despite missing 11 weeks of the last season because of a fractured collarbone. He is a great overall player which cannot be disputed and we might see him bag his third MVP award. He’s a $7 favourite (BET NOW) with Sportsbet heading into the season.
Hold on tight! The new season is here with us and GoBet will feature NFL betting tips for every game, every week!