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NFL 2018: How the contenders shape up with bookmakers

The much awaited return of the NFL is almost upon us, as the Philadelphia Eagles attempt to defend the Vince Lombardi trophy,

Game week one begins this Friday, as the Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons.

All eyes will be on the New England Patriots this year, as they look to avenge their defeat to the Eagles in last season’s Super Bowl .

The Patriots recorded a 3-1 pre-season, and in veteran quarterback Tom Brady have one of the all-time greats of the game pulling the strings in what could one of his final seasons in the game. New England currently sit as favourites to take the Super Bowl crown at 6/1 with Coral.

Defending champions Philadelphia Eagles have endured a tricky pre-season with a 1-3 record, including a tight 5-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns and heavy defeats to the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nick Foles, the Super bowl MVP last year, will be key if the Eagles are to have any form of success. The QB only played seven games last year, but threw for five touchdowns in that time for 537 yards. The Eagles sit as second favourites to defend their Super Bowl crown at 10/1 with Bet Stars.

The Minnesota Vikings have an outside chance of going one step further this season, recording a 13-3 record, bolstered by a strong defence as Everson Griffen finished with the fourth highest sack average at 13.

The Vikings are fifth favourites at 12/1 with William Hill.

New Orleans Saints have improved drastically over the past couple of years to be a serious contender for the NFC this year, after losing in the play-offs to the Vikings last season.

QB Drew Brees will be paramount to any success the Saints attain, finishing fourth for total yards and completing the most amount of passes of any QB last year.

The Saints sit at 18-1 to replicate their feat of eight years ago and win the tournament.

The Browns became only the second team to go winless in an NFL season last term, so it can’t possibly get any worse for them this season, and they traded up to receive two first rounds picks in this year’s draft. They traded Heisman Trophy winning QB Baker Mayfield as opening first round pick, and Cornerback Denzel Ward in a bid to improve on a few stagnant years.

A 3-1 preseason record is quite impressive, but can’t be taken for granted as they went 4-0 in pre-season last year before 16 consecutive defeats.

The Browns are huge outsiders at 100/1 with Sky Bet to produce the turnaround of all turnarounds.
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