Less than three weeks after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, CG Technology released 2016 Win Totals for each team. Even though the 2016 NFL Draft is almost two months away and free agency is not in full effect, CG Technology is the first Nevada-based sportsbook to release this information.
Below are CG Technology’s win totals for all 32 NFL teams.
|TEAM||CG TECHNOLOGY (2/25)|
|Arizona Cardinals||9.5 (o-120)|
|Baltimore Ravens||7.5 (u-125)|
|Carolina Panthers||10.5 (u-130)|
|Chicago Bears||6.5 (o-120)|
|Cleveland Browns||4.5 (o-130)|
|Dallas Cowboys||9 (u-125)|
|Denver Broncos||9.5 (u-120)|
|Green Bay Packers||10.5|
|Houston Texans||8 (u-130)|
|Indianapolis Colts||8.5 (o-130)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||6 (o-130)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9|
|Los Angeles Rams||7 (o-130)|
|Miami Dolphins||7 (u-125)`|
|Minnesota Vikings||9 (o-120)|
|New England Patriots||10.5 (o-120)|
|New Orleans Saints||7 (u-130)|
|New York Giants||7.5 (o-130)|
|New York Jets||8 (o-125)|
|Oakland Raiders||7.5 (o-135)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||10.5 (u-125)|
|San Diego Chargers||7 (u-120)|
|San Francisco 49ers||5 (o-120)|
|Seattle Seahawks||10.5 (o-125)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6.5 (u-125)|
|Tennessee Titans||5.5 (o-130)|
|Washington Redskins||7.5 (o-120)|
The first biggest takeaway from CG’s release was where the Denver Broncos stood after their Super Bowl victory. The Broncos opened at 9.5 wins, however the book is making it more expensive for bettors to take the under. This likely reflects the uncertainty revolving Denver’s star quarterback Peyton Manning, who currently is weighing the possibility of retirement.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers, coming off a Super Bowl loss, opened at 10.5. The sportsbook deems it is unlikely that the Panthers repeat their 2015 success and notch 15 wins again and have therefore juiced-up the under. The team will need to re-sign unrestricted free agent cornerback Josh Norman in order to chase the playoffs again, especially after losing Jared Allen to retirement.
Carolina is not the only team that opened at 10.5 wins. The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Seattle Seahawks are the four other teams that opened at 10.5, which is the highest win total that CG Technology offered. The Packers and Steelers, who dealt with injury-plagued seasons, are the only teams from this group to experience an increase in projected wins from last season.
Elsewhere in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys made the biggest jump in the number of wins. In 2015, the Cowboys were the third-worst team in the league and won only four games; however, the team opened at 9 projected wins. Dallas’ star quarterback Tony Romo missed 12 games last season with a collarbone injury but is expected to return fully healthy for training camp next season.
The Cleveland Browns opened with the fewest wins (4), yet that would be enough to eclipse their 2015 win total (3). The Browns own the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft and will make their selection after the Tennessee Titans, who opened at 5.5 wins. Unlike Cleveland, Tennessee is expected to make a bigger improvement, judging by CG’s decision to make it more expensive to play the over.
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