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Props can often be overlooked because of their wager limits, but there’s no question that there is money to be made in proposition wagers. Whether you’re betting on season win totals or digging deeper into the plethora of props being offered, there are certainly opportunities to capitalize.
Expectations are rather low for the Denver Broncos this season. Fans watched Peyton Manning deteriorate as last season wore on, but rumors of Manning’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. At sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com the Broncos’ win total is set at 10, with the over being slightly favored at -130.
Denver’s last three seasons have seen them go 13-3, 13-3, and 12-4 respectively, and although Manning is on his last legs, he still has enough in the tank to get this team to at least 10 wins.
Another team that doesn’t have much buzz heading into the season is the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are solid on paper and don’t have any glaring weaknesses on their roster. Despite playing in a tough AFC North with two other quality teams, Baltimore should be able to hit double-digit wins, making them a solid play to go over 9 wins at -115.
The Minnesota Vikings appear to be everyone’s sleeper this season, but there are plenty of assumptions being made with this team. For starters, it’s widely assumed that Teddy Bridgewater will improve in his sophomore campaign, but as we’ve seen with plenty of promising quarterbacks in the past this isn’t necessarily the case.
Additionally, Adrian Peterson is on the downside of his career, having turned 30 back in March. Minnesota has the potential to be a good team, but playing fewer than 7.5 wins at +195 is certainly worth a shot. Oddsmakers have given the Vikings a 33.9% implied probability of finishing below .500, but the true probability is likely a bit higher than that.
A couple of teams that could be flying below the radar are the Carolina Panthers and the Buffalo Bills. The Panthers are listed at +160 on the odds make the playoffs but they play in the weak NFC South and are the only team in the division with a defense.
Meanwhile, Buffalo is listed at +175 to make the playoffs. The Bills may have uncertainties at quarterback, but they’re also quite talented at every other position, and could catch the Patriots on a down year.