- The Houston Texans projected win total is 7.5 with -115 odds on both sides of the line.
- The Detroit Lions have +115 odds to win 6 games or less this upcoming season.
- The Eagles offseason moves have not helped their win total projection.
- The Vikings offense will have some new pieces to integrate which may affect their win total.
HOUSTON — With the NFL Draft and the free agency in the past, projected team win totals have updated on online sportsbooks.
While there are teams that have seen a jump in their win total odds, there are several teams that bettors can expect them not to hit their projected win totals. The Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Minnesota Vikings all fit the latter criteria.
The Houston Texans projected win total is set at 7.5 with both the Over and Under bets set at -115 odds. It’s hard to think that a team that just lost arguably the best receiver in the league will reach over 7.5 games.
They do have Deshaun Watson who is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, but he alone cannot carry this team to over their projected win total. Their receiving core is made up of Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks, all of whom are great players but none have the talent that DeAndre Hopkins had.
Some might think otherwise, but the Texans could very well fall short of their 7.5 game win projection.
The Detroit Lions are coming off of a three-win season and their projected win total on NFL sportsbooks is set at 6.5 with the Over being favored at -150 and the Under at +115. Let that sink in, a 3-12 team is projected to win over 6.5 games.
Yes, they have Matthew Stafford returning from injury but he is nowhere near where he used to be, and coming off injury won't help either. The surrounding talent is subpar with Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson but two players alone won't make up for the lack of talent they have.
It is hard to imagine this Detroit Lions team making it over the 6.5 game win mark.
The Eagles projected win total is set at 9.5 games with the odds for both the Over and the Under set at -115. They finished their 2019 season short of their projected mark as they went 9-7.
They did not have the best offseason as they did not make any significant moves that would prove bettors otherwise. Their draft was also confusing as they drafted another quarterback in Jalen Hurts.
The only bright spot this team has on offense is Carson Wentz, and that isn’t even enough for bettors to hammer the Over on this line. They are in need of desperate help at the wide receiver position as their lead receiver is an aging Alshon Jeffery.
They did acquire wide receiver Jalen Reagor from the TCU Horned Frogs during the NFL Draft last month. But, at the time, Justin Jefferson was still on the board and he was projected to be the higher draft pick of the two.
It is hard to imagine a scenario where a team that hardly made an effort in the offseason goes over their projected 9.5-win total after they didn’t cover their line last season.
The Vikings had a tough offseason, but their projected win total does not show it. Their projected win total is set at nine games with the Over bet being favored at -130 and the Under being Even.
They took a hit in the offseason as they traded away star wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, but replaced him with Justin Jefferson who they got in the draft. It will take some time for this team to move on without Diggs who was undoubtedly the top option which is why their projected win total seems quite high.
They will have to rely on running back Dalvin Cook to stay healthy in order to win over nine games as their offense is built off of the play-action pass. Cook’s ability to run opens up that option for the Vikings offense.
The Vikings do still have a legitimate chance to win over nine games. But, with new pieces on offense and relying on a running back that hasn’t been able to stay healthy a full season does not spell well for their chances to do so. The Under bet might be a wise choice here.
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