If wagering on individual games isn’t for you, there are still plenty of ways to make bets for the 2020 NFL season.
Countless futures bets allow sports bettors to try and predict what might happen over the course of the 17-week season and the playoffs. In addition to traditional wagers such as the Super Bowl winner or MVP, fans can also find some more interesting bets by looking at various sportsbooks.
With the season set to begin Thursday night in Kansas City, here are six of the weirdest prop bets you can make:
1. How many Super Bowls will quarterback Patrick Mahomes win during his contract? (My Bookie)
Over 2.5 (-140), Under 2.5 (+100)
Four months after winning the Super Bowl MVP award, Mahomes was rewarded by the Kansas City Chiefs with a historic $503 million contract extension. Signed through the 2031 season with the chance to become an all-time great quarterback, Mahomes is expected to make the Chiefs perennial title contenders. Kansas City is the favorite to repeat in February, though no team has won back-to-back Super Bowls in 15 years.
2. Will a team go 0-16 in the 2020 season? (FanDuel)
Yes (+2000), No (-10000)
No team has had a perfect regular season in 13 years, but a pair of teams have gone winless since then. The 2008 Detroit Lions went 0-16. It was only three years ago that the Cleveland Browns failed to win a game, doing so after a 1-15 campaign in 2016. The Cincinnati Bengals finished at the bottom of the 2019 standings with a 2-14 record and didn’t get their first win until Week 13.
3. Which team will finish with the worst record? (FanDuel)
If any team can go winless it might be the Jacksonville Jaguars (+210), who have the best odds to finish with the league’s worst record after losing just about all of their top players. The Washington Football Team (+600), Carolina Panthers (+700) and Cincinnati Bengals (+700) could all be in for a long year. Expectations are low for the Miami Dolphins (+1100), New York Giants (+1400) and New York Jets (+1400).
4. Who will win the Super Bowl LV MVP award? (DraftKings)
Betting on the regular season MVP before Week 1 is common, but picking the Super Bowl MVP is much more tricky. The best player in the sport, Mahomes (+750) leads the way, just ahead of reigning unanimous 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson (+850). Jimmy Garoppolo (+1400) and Drew Brees (+1700) are among the favorites as quarterbacks for top teams. Tom Brady (+2000) is being pegged by many to have a resurgence in Tampa Bay. Dak Prescott (+2200), Cam Newton (+2500), Russell Wilson (+2500) and Carson Wentz (+2800) all have better than 30/1 odds five months away from the NFL’s championship game.
5. What will be the state of the Super Bowl winner? (DraftKings)
With the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, California (+575) is the top choice to be the home of the NFL’s championship team. Pennsylvania (+1050) is a distant second, despite relatively high expectations for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Florida’s (+1110) only real hope with the Jaguars and Dolphins likely to struggle. Texas (+1150) has a chance with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. The Giants, Jets and Buffalo Bills represent New York (+1550). The Browns and Bengals are both long shots in Ohio (-3000). Any other state (-278) is favored.
6. How many games will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots win? (FanDuel)
Buccaneers Over 9.5 wins and Patriots Under 9.5 Wins (+190)
There’s a ready-made parlay available for sports bettors who believe Brady will turn Tampa Bay into a contender and New England might struggle without the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady is trying to turn around a franchise that last won a playoff game in the 2002 season. That year was the last time the Patriots failed to win at least 10 games.