One of the most popular props among NFL betting fans is wagering on how many games each of the 32 teams will win during the regular season. Though the start of the 2019 NFL season is still months away, 888Sport has released its projected win total for every team.
It is no surprise which team has the highest projected regular-season win total: The Super Bowl champion Patriots. According to 888Sport oddsmakers, New England’s over/under is 11 wins. The Miami Dolphins have the lowest over/under win total at 4.5 games.
As oddsmakers give the Patriots the benefit of the doubt for their sustained success, they are also optimistic about a team usually on the opposite end of the success spectrum, the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns have a listed over-under win total at 9.5 games on 888Sport, third-highest in the AFC behind the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs (10.5 wins) – the two teams with the conference’s best regular-season records last season.
Cleveland has been one of the buzziest teams in the NFL this offseason after a strong finish to the 2018 season (five wins in their final seven games) in which they nearly qualified for the playoffs one year after going 0-16.
The hype picked up for Cleveland in 2019 after the team made several high-profile acquisitions.
The most notable move the Browns made this offseason was trading for Odell Beckham Jr. in March. The star wide receiver joins what is expected to be a dynamic Browns offense featuring second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, who broke the NFL rookie single-season passing touchdown record last year, and running back Nick Chubb, who last season set the Browns record for most rushing yards by a rookie.
Immediately after the Browns acquired Beckham from the New York Giants, their odds shifted from +2000 to win the 2020 Super Bowl to +1400. Considering Cleveland has made the playoffs just once since reentering the league in 1999, such hype is unfamiliar territory for the Browns.
New England’s lofty projections comes amid the team’s roster overhaul, with several noticeable holes still left to plug. This offseason New England has had to deal with the departures of three key starters – tight end Rob Gronkowski retired, plus defensive end Trey Flowers, who led the Patriots in sacks, and left tackle Trent Brown each left via free agency.
The Patriots’ coaching staff also has several gaps which need to be filled, especially on defense.
But losing key contributors and adroitly replacing them is something the Patriots and general manager and head coach Bill Belichick are quite familiar with, as the franchise seems to churn over a good chunk of its every offseason and keeps winning.
New England has won 10 or more regular-season games 18 consecutive seasons and, at a minimum, has advanced to the AFC Championship eight straight seasons. The Patriots have also won the Super Bowl in three of the past five years.
In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are the teams with the highest projected win totals. Both the Rams and the Saints, which met in the NFC Championship game last season, have an over-under set at 10.5 wins on 888Sport.