The NFL never really has an offseason, and Las Vegas oddsmakers are proving that by already creating a buzz with the release of the 2017 NFL over/under win totals.
Now that the NFL Draft is officially behind us and mini-camp countdown is underway, Las Vegas sportsbooks are already dreaming of the NFL’s triumphant return in August. The NFL by far and away pulls in the most money for Las Vegas sportsbooks, which is probably the reason several sportsbooks have already listed the over/under totals for the upcoming season.
According to a CBS Sports report, the South Point Casino in Las Vegas has released the 2017 win totals for all 32 teams. South Point was the first casino to release win totals for the 2017 season, so you can be sure others will be releasing them soon as well.
After first glance at the over/under totals, one team, in particular, stood out more than the rest, even to a gaming industry legend. Long-time Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White sees what he believes is a giant mistake in the Dallas Cowboys’ win total for 2017.
The win total has been set at 9.5 on the Cowboys, something that White thinks is a big mistake. White believes that the over 9.5 wins should be a solid wager this season, stating to SportsLine.com that the Cowboys’ over/under of 9.5 wins is one full win away from what the total should be (10.5).
If you aren’t sure how this works, it is very simple. Take the Dallas Cowboys for example.
Basically, if you place a wager on the Cowboys to go “over 9.5 wins,” all Dallas has to do is win 10 games for you to cash in on your bet. Once they win their 10th game of the season, you can collect your money. If you were to take the “under 9.5” side, you would be wagering that the Cowboys would win under 10 games because once they win their 10th game, you would lose. If a team happens to land exactly on their number total at the end of the year, that is considered a “push” or a tie, and you are refunded your money.
So who are the top teams when it comes to Las Vegas predicting which teams will win the most games in 2017?
For starters, New England of course.
The New England Patriots have the highest over/under number out of the 32 teams in the NFL at 11. Yet NFL experts once again believe that Tom Brady and the Patriots will be the team to beat this season. The Patriots are also listed as the top NFL team to win Super Bowl 52 at 3.5/1 odds.