Predictions for the 2021 NFL Season

Expectations and Predictions for the 2021 NFL Season

The NFL season is finally upon us and hope springs eternal even for those clubs with seemingly no chance to make any postseason noise.

But every year there is a Cinderella story or two and below we will venture a guess on the division winners, with the accompanying NFL odds, and see if our crystal ball is clear in 2021!

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys +160

Washington +185

New York Giants +325

Philadelphia Eagles +625

Ryan Fitzpatrick is just good enough to turn this group into a serviceable offense while the defense will again be formidable in Washington. The Cowboys are favored in the NFC Least because Dak Prescott is back in the fold but is anyone sold on this Dallas defense? As for the Giants, no way, no how. However, Jalen Hurts will take a big step forward in Philadelphia but it won’t be enough to win the day. – Washington +185

NFC North

Green Bay Packers -150

Minnesota Vikings +220

Chicago Bears +575

Detroit Lions +2000

Aaron Rodgers is back and he’s gunning for another Super Bowl title before he bails out of Green Bay. No team in the North is close, not even the Vikings with the enigmatic Kirk Cousins pulling the trigger. – Packers -150

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -225

New Orleans Saints +375

Atlanta Falcons +800

Carolina Panthers +950

This is the Bucs’ division for the taking. No more summer Brees in the Big Easy, as Jameis Winston will try to fill those prodigious shoes, and the Falcons simply don’t have enough weapons now that Julio Jones has left for greener pastures in Nashville. As for the Panthers, they have two chances – slim and none – and Slim just left town. – Buccaneers -225

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers +195

Los Angeles Rams +205

Seattle Seahawks +275

Arizona Cardinals +475

Unlike some of the other divisions, this one is wide open. Jimmy Garoppolo can’t seem to stay healthy and his backup, Trey Lance, is talented but too green after toiling in the FCS last season, college football’s second-tier. So that rules out the 49ers. The Seahawks have a tremendous quarterback in Russell Wilson while the Cardinals have a younger version in Kyler Murray but the dog that gets this bone is the LA Rams with their new and reinvigorated signal-caller, Matthew Stafford. – Rams +205

AFC East

Buffalo Bills -155

New England Patriots +325

Miami Dolphins +375

New York Jets +1800

Josh Allen and his cannon of an arm make the Bills a prohibitive favorite in the division that New England ruled with an iron fist for two decades. But let’s not discount the rebuilding Dolphins who have a young quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa who could sneak up and surprise. But the winner here, especially considering the decent monetary return, is the New England Patriots. Cam Newton is out and Mac Jones is in which means the Pats are back to the prototypical passing game that won them the AFC East for years. If last year was a fluke for Allen, the Patriots reclaim their perch at the top of this division. – Patriots +325

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens +140

Cleveland Browns +140

Pittsburgh Steelers +425

Cincinnati Bengals +1200

The curtain will close on Big Ben’s career this season and the Steelers will do a fast fade from the start instead of at the end like they did last year. The Bengals are young and improving but nowhere near where they need to be while the Browns will ultimately find their way into the playoffs. However, this division belongs to the Ravens. Expect Lamar Jackson to look more like his 2019 MVP self than the middling version we saw last year. – Ravens +140

AFC South

Tennessee Titans -120

Indianapolis Colts +160

Jacksonville Jaguars +600

Houston Texans +2800

Many are smitten with the Titans because of their acquisition of Julio Jones but the former All-Pro is 32 years old and the expectations are greater than the gas he has left in the tank. Ryan Tannehill had a career year in 2020 which leads many to believe he will duplicate that effort. Believe what you want but this division belongs to the Indianapolis Colts who boned up on defense in April’s draft with a pair of edge rushers in the first two rounds and will have a reborn Carson Wentz chucking to very talented targets all season long. – Colts +160

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs -250

Los Angeles Chargers +500

Denver Broncos +525

Las Vegas Raiders +1400

Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. What else do you need to know? – Chiefs -250

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