The 2021 NFL season was one to remember, it began with the huge capture of Trevor Lawrence by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL Draft, and ended when the Los Angeles Rams held off the Cincinnati Bengals despite losing star man Odell Beckham Jr. to injury part way through the game.
While for some it may seem that the Super Bowl game of the last campaign was not that long ago, in actual fact, the 2022 NFL season is not far away now. Franchises are soon to begin their preseason training camps in the first week of August.
But how will the teams from the Empire State get on this season? Well, we’re going to take a look at what the top NY sportsbooks have to say in terms of odds for local franchises’ chances at bringing home the Vince Lombardi trophy.
But first, let’s look at how they finished the last season.
New York is fortunate to have three teams representing the state in the NFL; the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
Of the three, two of those teams had terrible seasons, with each of the Giants and the Jets winning only 4 games all season, and each also losing 13 games. Both franchises ended at the bottom of their divisions in the NFC East and AFC East respectively.
The Bills however topped the AFC East with 11 wins and six losses and made the playoffs. Things started off well, beating the New England Patriots 47-17 in their Wild Card game, but despite having the in-form Josh Allen, they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Playoff game. So, despite having a better campaign than the other two NY teams, they will still have finished the season disappointed.
A New Season, A Fresh Start
The good thing about a new season is that you are able to leave the previous campaign in the past as a distant memory when it wasn’t a fond campaign to look on, or you can use it to spur you on to do better the following campaign. Either way, a new season means a new start for all three of New York’s franchises.
Let’s take a look at each team’s prospects.
Following their recent disappointment going out of the playoffs to the Chiefs, it looks like the Bills are hoping to bounce back this year, with them being the favorites with NY sportsbooks this season at odds of +650 to win the Super Bowl. Their star quarterback Josh Allen is also the favorite to win MVP for the regular season too at +700.
New York Jets
The New York Jets aren’t expected to do much better than they did in the last campaign, failing to recruit any significant names to help bolster their roster. They’re -1000 to not make the playoffs, although sportsbooks are tipping them to do slightly better this season with odds of -155 to win over 5.5 games, which would require two more wins than last season. If you did want to back them to go all the way to the Super Bowl and win, you’re looking at odds of +15,000.
New York Giants
The Giants equalled the Jets’ record last season, but they are expected to do slightly better this season and are being offered odds of +13,000 to win the Super Bowl. It is a long shot, but they too are expected to win more games this season following the release of their schedule, and odds of -160 are being offered for them to win under 7.5 games with +145 for them to win over 7.5 games.
Regardless, it’s set to be another exciting season with all three teams desperate to move on from last term. It will be fascinating to see whether Allen can finally end the Bills’ Super Bowl drought, although both the Jets and the Giants have interesting narratives leading into the season as well.