3 REASONS TO BE EXCITED FOR NEW NFL SEASON
Author: Ashley Munson
The is underway, which means that in some months the game we all love starts again. This year it will be an extra special affair given it’s the 100th campaign. On September 5th the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears face off at Soldier Field in a match that breaks the usual rules of season openers, the Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots, usually raise the curtain but instead they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers three days later.
If the opener is anything like last year’s week one match up between the same teams though, we’re in for a treat – last season the Packers were facing defeat after losing Aaron Rodgers to injury only for him to return later in the match to turn the tie on its head whilst effectively on one leg.
The Packers snatched a 24-23 victory. Whilst we wouldn’t bet our hard-earned dollars on that happening again, here are three things that you might want to consider wagering on throughout the campaign.
3 – A BET TO RUN ALL YEAR
Okay, so you could place this bet now or you could bide your time and see how things progress throughout the season. However, when April the 2020 draft will be taking place in Nevada, there are already a handful of talented youngsters vying for that number one spot. One option is Georgia Bulldog quarterback Jake Fromm.
Fromm has proven himself to be more than capable of match winning performances during his time at Georgia and was named the Southern Eastern Conference freshman of the year in 2017. The big question mark over Fromm is his impact against tougher opposition. He’ll definitely get selected in the draft and early too, but number one pick looks a stretch too far.
Another name in the frame is Chase Young; Young has earned a reputation as a solid defensive end and is being tipped to set an Ohio State record for sacks in the upcoming campaign. Unfortunately for Young the look a safe bet to have the first pick and that means they’ll go looking for a quarterback, which probably means Tua Tagovailoa will be a Dolphin for the 2020 season.
The Crimson Tide QB has already won both the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards as well as setting a new FBS passing record. He narrowly missed out on the Heisman trophy to Kyler Murray last year, but you can expect him to follow in Murray’s footsteps as the number one pick.
2 – MOST THROWING TOUCHDOWNS
We’ve already mentioned some potential stars so what about the guys who have already taken those steps? Matt Ryan is a shining example of what the 2020 draft hopefuls should want to be. He was the number three pick in 2008 and has remained loyal to the Atlanta Falcons and is now their captain.
It was only three years ago he dominated the awards including being named MVP and ranked highly amongst quarterbacks last time out. Looking to outdo Ryan will be 2012 number one pick Andrew Luck. Luck missed the 2017 campaign through injury but scooped the comeback award last year in no small part to the 4,500 yards and 39 touchdowns he threw.
The third man hoping to lead on the quarterback stats this coming year is Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was named as starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2018 season and he quickly put himself in the limelight scooping back to back player of the week awards and things didn’t slow down; Mahomes ended the season as MVP after throwing 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. It will take a big effort from someone to outshine Mahomes this time around too.
1 – THE SUPER BOWL WINNER
Mahomes’ throwing ability gives the Chiefs a real chance of going all the way this time round after the disappointment of losing out in the AFC Championship game last time out. Though, it’s highly likely that the reigning champions – the New England Patriots – will be hard to knock off their perch.
Everything says one of those two sides will reign supreme but there are a few teams further back in the odds who could spring a surprise – our outside tip would be the ; who with the likes of Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham in their ranks stand a chance, especially if they are fortunate to not have injuries throughout the season.
There you have it, three things – all very different – to keep your interest peaked throughout the entire campaign. Just remember, if you decide to put money on any of it, bet safe and good luck.