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NFL Offseason Betting - Recapping NFL's 2009 offseason

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/19/2012 9:56:20 AM
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NFL offseason betting is always a busy time, yet as online betting handicappers know, there really is no offseason in football. As we prepare for the upcoming 2009-10 season, it’s important to know where the pieces have landed. Who was the best draft pick? Who was the best signing? What was the best trade?

Here’s a recap of a busy the NFL offseason betting season:

NFL offseason betting:

  • Stafford leads Lions into new (hopefully successful) era
  • Owens the biggest star Buffalo has seen
  • Falcons addition of Gonzalez could propel Falcons to a playoff run.

NFL offseason betting: Best first-round pick
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford

Football betting fans know that the addition of Matt Stafford was crucial to the Detroit Lions. They had the opportunity to take an offensive linemen or a playmaking linebacker, but instead took the player that will give their franchise a new identity. After an 0-16 season, football betting fans knew they needed to head in a new direction and Stafford will take them there.

NFL offseason betting: Best free agent signing
Buffalo Bills: Terrell Owens

He won’t make the team significantly better in the win column, but he will put fans in the seats. For a franchise like Buffalo, who is considering switching cities because of their financial situation, signing a big draw like Owens gives the franchise their biggest star to date.

NFL offseason betting: Biggest free agent loss
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Monte Kiffin

Sportsbook odds makers know that defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s departure from the Buccaneers could send the franchise into a tail spin. The one consistent facet of the Bucs over the last decade has been their defense, but without Kiffin, all bets are off. The loss of head coach Jon Gruden is also a big deal, but the Bucs defense will clearly decline without Kiffin and this will affect the totals on all Bucs games.

NFL offseason betting: Best offseason trade
Atlanta Falcons: Acquiring Tony Gonzalez

NFL betting handicappers took note when the Kansas City Chiefs sold off Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. The move gives Falcons’ young quarterback Matt Ryan a safety valve, but it also might make the Falcons offense among the most feared in the NFL.With Ryan at quarterback, Gonzalez at tight end, Michael Turner at running and Roddy White at receiver, the Falcons have a player with Pro Bowl potential at each area of their offense. Football odds makers will have to adjust and make their totals a little higher this year.

NFL offseason betting: Most important comeback
Tom Brady – New England Patriots

Football betting handicappers know that Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer mean a whole lot to their teams, but neither is as important to the NFL landscape as Tom Brady. Not only is he one of the biggest stars of the sport, he’s also the trigger man for the Super Bowl favorite Patriots. With him back on the roster, look for the Patriots to once against start scoring points at record pace.

For more analysis on sports betting and previews of all 32 NFL teams, check out the Betting Edge daily.

Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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