Teams that Can Surprise NFL Betting Fans in 2016

Posted by Aaron . on June 15, 2016 in

When you think about the NFL in 2016, teams like the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers come to mind as contenders from the AFC, while the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks seem to be headed for the top of the NFC. However, there are always a lot of teams that emerge as surprises — so let’s take a look at some of those squads, as they are the ones that almost always make the NFL betting more interesting.

Teams that Can Surprise NFL Betting Fans in 2016

 

 

Baltimore Ravens

Yes, it was a dreadful year for John Harbaugh’s team, but few teams had more injuries at key positions than the Ravens did. Quarterback Joe Flacco returns with a clean bill of health, and he always has his teams in games late. Some better luck on the injury front will have this team in the postseason hunt.

Miami Dolphins3

Adam Gase comes to South Beach as the newest head coach for the Fins. Can he work the same sort of transformation with quarterback Ryan Tannehill as he has in the past? There are a lot of offensive weapons for Tannehill to use in Miami, and the defense is solid as well.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo returns after not one but two collarbone fractures in 2015, with a surgically enhanced shoulder that is supposed to keep him upright. His absence, and the outright failure of backups Matt Cassel, Kellen Moore and Brandon Weeden to move the Cowboy offense at all, overshadowed a generally strong defensive effort. With Romo back, and with new running back Ezekiel Elliott in came behind a terrific offensive line, the Cowboys should be able to win the NFC East.

Cleveland Browns

Yes, it will be tough in a division that also has Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. However, the Browns have a quarterback now with some real upside in Robert Griffin III. He fell so out of favor with Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden that he spent most of 2015 inactive despite being healthy. Is his knee back to what it was, when he led the Redskins to an NFC East title, only to have coach Mike Shanahan leave him on the field until he suffered a gruesome injury? If so, a decent Browns defense could lead to some excitement in Ohio.

Chicago Bears

Yes, last year the Bears finished dead last in the NFC Central with a 6-10 record. However, Jay Cutler was much better last year; in previous seasons, he was a pretty reliable lock to throw a key interception or two down the stretch, but his ball management skills were much better. Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White give him two legitimate threats down the field, and Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford should be able to fill the hole that Matt Forte left in the Chicago backfield. Their 3-4 defense is quick and agile and will surprise some more teams this year.

Oakland Raiders

Quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper look like the best QB-receiver tandem in the AFC West going into this season. Phillip Rivers looked old last year in San Diego, the Broncos have inexplicably brought in Mark Sanchez to run their offense, and Kansas City, while showing consistency, still have the pedestrian Alex Smith calling signals. This is a smart young team that brought in some key free agents (safety Reggie Nelson, guard Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Bruce Irvin) that should elevate them into contention in this division.