Which Offenses and Defenses Are Oddsmakers Optimistic About?

Which Offenses and Defenses Are Oddsmakers Optimistic About?

Throughout the offseason we have been examining a number of propositional bets across the sports betting marketplace from Playoff Odds to Super Bowl Futures to Win Totals. We’ve also analyzed a number of player specific props including Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Comeback Player of the Year.

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Not all of these betting opportunities offer value, but they can often times be used to inform bettors about expectations for each team. For example you may not bet on which player will lead the league in rushing yards, however, the fact that DeMarco Lynch (+600) is tied for the best odds may indicate that the Eagles new running back is being undervalued by fantasy players.

The same thing can be said about one of the more recently posted prop bets. Earlier this week Ladbrokes, a British based sportsbook, posted a collection of NFL betting opportunities including which team will score the most points next season and which team will allow the least. This provides insight into which teams oddsmakers believe feature the league’s best offenses and defenses.

This information can be valuable for over/under bettors and fantasy players who are debating which team defenses to draft (although you would also need to consider sacks and interceptions).

The tables below display the current odds at Ladbrokes and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Most Points Scored

TeamLadbrokes (8/18)
Green Bay Packers4/1
Indianapolis Colts5/1
Philadelphia Eagles6/1
Denver Broncos7/1
New England Patriots7/1
Dallas Cowboys10/1
Pittsburgh Steelers14/1
Atlanta Falcons20/1
New Orleans Saints20/1
Baltimore Ravens33/1
New York Giants40/1
Seattle Seahawks40/1
Miami Dolphins50/1
Cincinnati Bengals66/1
San Diego Chargers66/1
Detroit Lions80/1
Carolina Panthers100/1
Kansas City Chiefs100/1
Arizona Cardinals125/1
Buffalo Bills125/1
Houston Texans125/1
Chicago Bears150/1
Minnesota Vikings150/1
Cleveland Browns200/1
Oakland Raiders200/1
San Francisco 49ers200/1
St Louis Rams200/1
Washington Redskins200/1
Jacksonville Jaguars250/1
New York Jets250/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers250/1
Tennessee Titans250/1

Fewest Points Allowed

TeamLadbrokes (8/18)
Seattle Seahawks2/1
Buffalo Bills8/1
Detroit Lions12/1
Houston Texans12/1
Kansas City Chiefs14/1
St Louis Rams16/1
Arizona Cardinals20/1
Baltimore Ravens25/1
Cleveland Browns25/1
Cincinnati Bengals33/1
Denver Broncos33/1
New England Patriots33/1
New York Jets28/1
Carolina Panthers40/1
Miami Dolphins40/1
Minnesota Vikings40/1
San Diego Chargers40/1
Dallas Cowboys50/1
Green Bay Packers50/1
Philadelphia Eagles50/1
San Francisco 49ers50/1
New Orleans Saints66/1
Pittsburgh Steelers66/1
Indianapolis Colts80/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers80/1
Atlanta Falcons125/1
Jacksonville Jaguars100/1
New York Giants100/1
Washington Redskins100/1
Chicago Bears125/1
Oakland Raiders125/1
Tennessee Titans125/1

Last season the Green Bay Packers (486) edged out the New England Patriots (468) for the most points scored during the 2014 regular season. Considering that the Packers entire offensive line is returning to protect reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, it’s easy to see why oddsmakers would have such lofty expectations for Green Bay.

On the other side of the ball, the Seattle Seahawks (+200) are the clear favorites to lead the league in scoring defense. Seattle allowed a league-low 254 points during the 2014 season and a league-low 231 yards during the 2013 season.

One potentially undervalued team is the Miami Dolphins at +4000. Although the ‘Fins defense ranked just 20th in points allowed last season (373), the team vastly improved their defensive line over the offseason with the acquisitions of Ndamukong Suh and C.J. Mosley.

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David Solar is the Content Manager for Sports Insights and can be reached directly at David@sportsinsights.com.

David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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