The Markets Offering Great Value This 2018 NFL Season
September 25, 2018
It sure is lovely to have the NFL back on our screens. Even for those in the UK, Sunday evenings plonked in front of the TV watching RedZone is becoming something of a ritual for NFL fans.
If you’ve never watched it, you really need to treat yourself. You also don’t need to even have a Sky Sports subscription because it’s on Sky TV’s free to air sports channel Sky Sports Mix on channel 121 on Sky and 520 on Virgin.
What is it? Well, basically it’s live highlights of the eight or so games happening at the same time, and throughout the three-hour session, we flick from game to game to take in the best of the action. At times it’s a bit of an exhausting watch because there’s just so much action going on, but man, it’s so exhilarating, and Scott Hanson with his galaxy brain is just the perfect man for the job.
Try and take in this video below. This sort of thing is now a semi-regular occurrence at the end of a game week…
Now that I’ve maybe convinced you that NFL RedZone is the greatest sporting show on TV, let’s have a look at some markets we see great value in.
Will the Patriots pick themselves up from 1-2?
No matter what happens to the Patriots, they’re always, always one of the favourites to win the Superbowl (8/1 right now with Ladbrokes) and it’s not that hard to understand why when they have a quarterback in Tom Brady who doesn’t seem to age or remotely worsen.
But this season has felt a little bit different for the Pats, and not everything seems as hunky-dory as usual. There’s a couple of big reasons for that.
Firstly, the loss of their defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to the Detroit Lions seems to be having more of an impact than many thought it would. The Pats weren’t especially great in defence in 2017, but this season they have already shipped 77 points, made Blake Bortels look like a Hall of Famer, and been hammered by a Lions side who themselves had been hammered in week one and two.
But it’s not just the teething problems in defence that will be a concern for Patriots fans, it’s also the relationship between Brady and Bellicheck which has been rumoured to be frosty for quite a while now. Just last week though the hearsay took on a whole new level following the publication of Ian O’Connor’s book title “Bellicheck”. These two lines were the most explosive:
“If you’re married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him,” a source told O’Connor after last season. “Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he’s had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him.”
There are also rumours that Bellicheck isn’t happy that the Patriots traded away their Brady replacement Jimmy Garoppolo last summer which has apparently made an already frosty relationship turn ice cold.
Since 2001, The Pats have only lost back-to-back games on 11 previous occasions. In any normal year a 1-2 start would mean nothing in Patriot land, but this isn’t any normal year.
It’ll be very interesting to see how this season pans out for the Pats. In the last 17 years, they have only failed to win the AFC East twice. I think this year may be their third.
Who will prevail from the hardest division of all – NFC South?
Oh man, the Bucs came so close to pulling off the most miraculous of comebacks last night against the Steelers. FitzMagic seemed to have disappeared in the first half, but it came sparkling back into life in the second as he became the first NFL player ever to record three consecutive 400-yard passing games. However, it wasn’t enough for the Bucs to move to 3 and 0, and it’s surely only a matter of time until normal service resumes and the Bucs slide down that division.
The Bucs aren’t a particularly bad side at all. They have a host of weapons on offence, especially in DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, but their secondary is so weak and they’re not the sort of side who’ll be able to grind out results for the whole season. Their competitors, though, are.
You gotta feel for the Bucs, not only do their rivals have strong sides, but they also happen to have three of the best QB’s in the league in Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Brees, in particular, has started in typically ridiculous fashion with over 1,000 yards in the first three games (even at the sprightly age of 39), while Matt Ryan is averaging 300 yards a game, and Cam Newton already has 9 touchdowns.
When Fitz finally does become a mere muggle again, and Winston throws pick after pick when he replaces him, it’ll be a three-way sprint to the finish line between the Panthers, the Saints and the Falcons.
The Falcons have played two divisional rivals already, beating the Panthers and losing to the Saints in overtime. They also lost to the Superbowl Champs in the Eagles, and as a result, they’re now a great price to win the division as they currently sit in 4th place a win behind the Panthers, the Saints and the Bucs. The Falcons have been a bit light over the few weeks of the season due to a few injuries, but once they get those big names back, they’ll be as good as anyone in the NFC.
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Author: Tom Mortimer
Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.