As the saying goes, “hindsight is always 20/20.” That statement rings especially true when it comes to betting on the NFL.
Anyone who bets on the National Football League on a regular basis will tell you there are certain wagers they wish they could do over, and certain wagers they wish they would have gotten action on. In this article, we are going to look at a handful of bets that had borderline long shot odds before the 2018 season kicked off that now have a realistic chance at hitting.
This will be painful for some, but without further adieu, here is a look at five bets that could have resulted in massive wins in 2018.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Oakland Raiders to be the worst team in the NFL (+3500)
Simply put: The second Jon Gruden-era has not gotten off to a very good start. The Raiders traded away their best player (Khalil Mack), they have holes all over their roster, and they are flat-out not a good football team.
If you were sharp enough to make this bet, you deserve a massive pat on the back.
Adam Thielen to lead the NFL in receiving yards (+1800)
Through six weeks, Thielen has not only been the best slot receiver in the NFL, he has been the best overall wide receiver in the NFL in 2018.
The former undrafted free agent leads the league in both receptions (58) and receiving yards (712) — and he is showing no signs of slowing down. If you were wise enough to make this bet during the offseason, you stand a very good chance at winning a nice chunk of change at the end of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs to be the highest-scoring team in the NFL (+1400)
The Chiefs likely would have opened the season as the odds-on favorite here had the Vegas oddsmakers known that Patrick Mahomes would emerge as the MVP front-runner through the first six weeks of the season.
If you had the foresight to make this bet, you stand a very good chance at cashing in next January. The Chiefs are currently averaging 35.8 points per game, which trails only the New Orleans Saints (36.0 points per game).
J.J. Watt to lead the NFL in sacks (+1400)
If the oddsmakers were fully confident that Watt was 100-percent healthy heading into the 2018 season, they would have never offered this bet at 14-1.
Through six weeks, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is tied with Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, who entered the season as even more of a long shot than Watt, for the league lead with 7.0 sacks.
As he has proven time and time again, Watt will contend here as long as he stays healthy. And given what he has shown thus far, the future Hall of Famer now has to be considered the favorite to take home the 2018 NFL sack title.
Kirk Cousins to lead the NFL in passing yards (+1500)
The Vikings have been throwing the ball more than expected in 2018, thanks in large part to Dalvin Cook’s nagging hamstring injury. As a result, Cousins currently trails league-leader Ben Roethlisberger, who opened the season at +1000 here, by only 112 yards through six weeks.
When you consider the fact that the Vikings have the premier wide receiver duo in the league (Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen), it’s wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Cousins walk away with the 2018 NFL passing yards crown at the end of the season.
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