NFL Draft Odds For First Ten Picks

NFL Draft Odds For First Ten Picks

The Commissioner has spoken and the 2020 NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25. That was enough for 5Dimes’ oddsmakers to drop NFL Draft betting odds. Keep reading for the best bets on who the 1st ten picks will be.

NFL Draft Odds For First Ten Team Teams Picking

1. Cincinnati (2-14)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a true franchise quarterback as they get set to move on from longtime starter Andy Dalton in Year 2 of the Zac Taylor era. The Bengals have already gone on record to say that they are selecting LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow who is a -6000 pick to be drafted first overall.

  • Joe Burrow Drafted No. 1 -6000
  • Joe Burrow Not Drafted No. 1 +2400

2. Washington (3-13)

Riverboat Rivera all but closed the door on bringing in Cam Newton but he did bolster his QB ranks by trading for Panther Kyle Allen to join Dwayne Haskins. That makes Ohio State All-American defensive end Chase Young, generally regarded as the best player in this draft, as the logical pick to go second overall. Young is not expected to fall past No. 2 overall, which is why he’s a whopping +1085 pick not to be drafted third overall.

  • Chase Young Drafted No. 3 Overall +615
  • Chase Young Not Drafted No. 3 overall -1085

3. Detroit (3-12-1)

The Lions need some help on defense after finishing 29th in defensive efficiency a year ago. Cornerback and defensive line help are Detroit’s top two needs and that makes Ohio State corner Jeff Okudah and Auburn interior defensive lineman Derrick Brown the top two picks to land with the Lions. Okudah is a -120 pick to be drafted over the fourth overall pick and a -110 selection to be drafted before the fourth pick.

  • Jeff Okudah Drafted No. 3 Overall +160
  • Jeff Okudah Not Drafted No. 3 Overall -195

4. NY Giants (4-12)

The G-Men need help on the offensive line in the worst way to both, open up holes for super-gifted running back Saquon Barkley while giving franchise signal-caller Daniel Jones some better pass protection. New York could also use some help on the defensive line, making Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirffs a smart choice.

  • Tristan Wirffs 1st O-Lineman Drafted +170
  • Tristan Wirffs Not 1st O-Lineman Drafted -195

5. Miami (5-11)

The Dolphins addressed some of their many needs on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, but their biggest need is at quarterback where Ryan Fitzpatrick is definitely a placeholder and not the long-term answer under center in Miami. With the Redskins, Lions, and Giants almost assuredly going for help on the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins are in great shape to nab Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick. Here is a look at some of the odds on the former National Championship winning signal-caller.

  • Tua Tagovailoa Drafted No. 3 Overall +140
  • Tua TagovailoaNot Drafted No. 3 overall -170
  • Tua Tagovailoa draft position over 3½ -120
  • Tua Tagovailoa draft position under 3½ -110

6. LA Chargers (5-11)

A lot of folks think the Bolts should draft their future franchise quarterback here after parting ways with longtime franchise signal-caller Philip Rivers and I can see LA taking a chance on either Justin Herbert or Jordan Love. The Chargers also need a new starting left tackle and that could mean that former Georgia star Andrew Thomas is the pick at No. 6. Most experts think this spot is a bit too high for Love and Thomas, making Justin Herbert the pick for LA at No. 6.

  • Justin Herbert second quarterback drafted +490
  • Any other quarterback drafted second -775
  • Jordan Love third quarterback drafted+295
  • Any other quarterback drafted third -385

7. Carolina (5-11)

The Panthers don’t need a quarterback after signing Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but they do need help on the interior of their defensive line as well as at cornerback and inside linebacker. If Auburn’s Derrick Brown is on the board, Carolina could address their d-line first, but I’m suspecting that former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons will be the pick here to replace Luke Kuechly if he’s still on the board.

  • Isaiah Simmons Drafted No. 3 Overall +850
  • Isaiah Simmons Not Drafted No. 3 overall -1525

8. Arizona (5-10-1)

The Cardinals need a right tackle to help protect undersized franchise quarterback Kyler Murray and they could also use some help on the front seven defensively. I like Arizona to go for Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton if he’s still on the board or Alabama’s Jedrick Wills if he’s gone. The Cards could a pass-catching tight end, but I expect them to look to protect their prized franchise quarterback here.

  • Mekhi Becton first offensive lineman drafted +150
  • Any other off lineman drafted first -180

9. Jacksonville (6-10)

Jacksonville are in full rebuild mode after dumping the majority of the team that went to the Conference Finals in 2017. The Jags could go for Derrick Brown or Andrew Thomas If either is still available at No. 9 or they could look for their future franchise signal-caller in Jordan Love, even though Gardner Minshew II had a solid rookie campaign and is the expected starter moving forward. I’m going to say Jacksonville doesn’t blow it and lands Auburn defensive tackle Derrick brown here.

  • Derrick Brown Drafted No. 3 Overall +2000
  • Derrick Brown Not Drafted No. 3 overall -5000

10. Cleveland (6-10)

The Browns need an offensive tackle to help protect Baker Mayfield and that means Cleveland will choose whoever is left on the board here between Wirffs, Becton and Andrew Thomas, with Thomas ultimately being the pick here.

  • Andrew Thomas draft position over 10½ -150
  • Andrew Thomas draft position under 10½ +120
5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

5Dimes’ oddsmakers have released updated NFL Futures post free-agency!  The next milestone before OTA’s and preseason is the NFL draft. Until then here are the top five Super Bowl LV matchups everyone will want to see and five no one will.

5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

Top 5 Super Bowl LV Matchups Everyone Wants

Kansas City vs. Seattle +3850

The Chiefs have the most prolific offense in the league and just won it all behind superstar signal-caller Patrick Mahomes. While Seattle came up short of their Super Bowl hopes last season, the Seahawks have a superstar quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson that can beat any team in the league almost single-handedly. I’d love to see this quarterback matchup, plus Andy Reid’s offensive genius versus Pete Carroll’s defensive intellect would be a sight to see, plus it could happen in 2020!

Kansas City vs. San Francisco +2055

I know a repeat of most Super Bowls isn’t what football fans or betting enthusiasts normally want to see, but watching the Niners and Chiefs go at it again, would be a great thing if you ask me. Frisco’s defense had Patrick Mahomes and company on the ropes through three quarters and they could have managed their final quarter a lot better – had head coach Kyle Shanahan not blown it (again) with some pitiful play-calling. Still, this classic matchup of offense versus defense would be a sight to see for the second straight season.

Baltimore vs. Minnesota +6600

Yeah, Minnesota isn’t the most exciting team around, but Mike Zimmer has a perennially powerful defense that could cause league MVP Lamar Jackson to struggle much as he did in Baltimore’s playoff loss against Tennessee last season. Is Kirk Cousins good enough to lead any team to the Super Bowl? Who knows. Is Jackson ready to make the big postseason breakthrough after consecutive years of postseason struggles? Possibly. Either way, this classic offense vs. defense matchup looks intriguing to me.

Pittsburgh vs. New Orleans +8100

Pittsburgh managed to play some solid football a year ago without longtime franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. New Orleans suffered their third straight playoff heartbreak and time is running out on Drew Brees. Maybe it’s me, but Big Ben versus Brees in a battle of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks that are both nearing the ends of their respective careers make this one a must-see matchup for me.

Houston vs. Dallas +23000

The Battle of the Lone Star State! While it won’t feature DeAndre Hopkins, a Super Bowl LV matchup between the Texans and Cowboys will be one for the ages.

While I have no faith in Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, Houston does have a superstar in quarterback Deshaun Watson while Dallas will turn to their trio of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper in this all-Texas matchup. Sure, this pairing is not very likely to happen, but it could and the thought of seeing Jerry Jones ‘lose it’ if the Cowboys come up short against their in-state rivals is salivating.

Top 5 Super Bowl LV Matchups No One Wants

New England vs. Dallas +9900

I’m sick of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl and nor do I really want to see Jerry Jones proclaiming his franchise to still be ‘America’s Team’. This one would be hyped to no end, but if Tom Brady doesn’t return and Jones doesn’t eventually learn to step aside and let someone else by his team’s GM (he won’t) I wouldn’t expect to see this Super Bowl pairing take place.

Houston vs. Minnesota +34500

The Texans traded away DeAndre Hopkins and the Vikings traded Stefon Diggs making both teams less entertaining and dynamic. Unless both teams improve drastically, a Houston vs Minnesota Super Bowl will be a boring affair.

Tennessee vs. LA Rams +21500

I like Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and I love running back Derrick Henry. I feel the same way about LA’s Sean McDermott and the Rams’ high-scoring offense. Still. If this matchup were to take place, there’s not much star power outside of Aaron Donald. Yeah, this is a Super Bowl matchup almost everyone would pass on seeing.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia +10400

This all-Pennsylvania matchup looks intriguing on paper, But who knows which players will be left standing by the time this game goes down. Carson Wentz and an aging Ben Roethlisberger aren’t the healthiest quarterbacks around and neither of these teams possesses much ‘star power’ in the forms of other perennial Pro Bowlers. This looks like a fun matchup on paper, but I don’t know how many people outside of Pennsylvania would watch it.

Houston vs. Chicago +36000

I’m a huge Deshaun Watson fan and I’d love to see the former Clemson star toast the Bears with a monstrous game after they foolishly took Mitch Trubisky over him in the 2017 NFL Draft. Outside of that though, this looks like a ‘boring’ matchup just waiting to happen, Bill O’Brien has underachieved if you ask me and Matt Nagy did as well after winning a dozen games in his first season two years ago. If anyone outside of Chicago or Houston watches these two square off, I’ll be completely stunned.

Tom Brady Sweepstakes Odds

Tom Brady Sweepstakes Odds

Tom Brady is a free agent! Early this morning TB12 announced that he’s played his last game for the Patriots in a thank you message posted on social media. Click here for odds.

With that news 5Dimes’ oddsmakers have released updated odds on where Brady will sign.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +110
  • Los Angeles Chargers +150
  • San Francisco 49ers +900
  • Miami Dolphins +1000
  • Indianapolis Colts +1400
  • Chicago Bears +2500
  • Dallas Cowboys +5500

Brady has played his entire career, all 20 years, in New England. He led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, won six of them, and captured three NFL MVPs.

Next, the question will turn to who will Bill Belichick find to fill Brady’s shoes? Currently, the leading contender is last year’s backup Jarrett Stidham. But there are a lot of big names on the free agency AND draft board.

Who will be the next New England Patriots’ next regular-season starter?

  • Jarrett Stidham +250
  • Teddy Bridgewater +300
  • Andy Dalton +400
  • Derek Carr +750
  • Jameis Winston +900
  • Nick Foles +900
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +1000
  • Philip Rivers +1500
  • Tua Tagovailoa +2000
  • Joe Flacco +2500
  • Cody Kessler +3300
Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020

Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020

The 2020 College Football season is months away from starting but 5Dimes’ oddsmakers dropped the very early, lookahead odds for a handful of college football games including:

  • Navy vs Norte Dame
  • BYU vs Utah
  • Alabama vs USC
  • Michigan vs Washington U

Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020

Navy vs Notre Dame
When: August 29, 2020 at TBD
Where: Avia Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
NCAAF Odds: Notre Dame -14

Navy had a fantastic 2019 season by going 11-2 while finishing 20th in the national standings, thanks to their powerful triple-option rushing attack. The bad news is that one of their two losses last season was an embarrassing 52-20 smackdown at the hands of…you guessed it…Notre Dame. Still, with star quarterback Malcolm Perry gone, head coach Ken Niumatalolo will have his hands full getting back to being a double-digit winner in 2020.

While Notre Dame suffered a pair of losses that ruined their CFP hopes a year ago, the Fighting Irish have a solid quarterback in senior Ian Book that will help them avoid the struggles associated with playing a first-time starter under center. While head coach Brian Kelly needs to find new starters at running back, defensive end and cornerback, the Irish get a ton of elite high school talent each and every year, so I suspect that won’t be much of a problem.

Notre Dame has won three straight and eight of the last nine meetings in this rivalry, including a huge, 50-10 smackdown the last time they met in Dublin in 2012.

BYU at Utah
When: September 3, 2020 at TBD
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAAF Odds: Utah -4.5

BYU went an uninspiring 7-6 last season while Utah finished with a fine 11-3 record that helped them close out the 2019 season ranked 16th in the nation. BYU closed out their season with consecutive losses against San Diego State and Hawaii and the Cougars have questions at quarterback and several other key positions. Zach Wilson took over as the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season and held onto the job for the remainder of the season despite missing action in a handful of games due to a thumb injury. Still, he’ll have his hands full in trying to beat out challengers Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney. Defensively, BYU has a bunch of question marks along the defensive line and in the secondary

Utah went 8-1 in conference play to win the Pac-112 South, but head coach Kyle Whittingham has question marks on both sides of the ball, starting with who will replace quarterback Tyler Huntley. Redshirt sophomore Cameron Rising and graduate transfer Jake Bentley will battle it out, but Bentley has the huge edge in experience after throwing for 7,527 yards and 55 touchdowns over four seasons at South Carolina.

Alabama vs USC
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
NCAAF Odds: Alabama -16.5

Not only did the perennially-powerful Alabama Crimson Tide fail to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time last season, but Nick Saban’s team has some pressing questions this spring. Saban not only lost a bunch of elite talent on both sides of the ball, but he’ll have a new quarterback under center following the departure of star signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa. Still, the Tide went a fine, 11-2 a year ago and even though they lost to eventual champion LSU and longtime SEC rival Auburn, the Tide capped off their 2019 campaign with a resounding 35-16 smackdown of Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.

USC is coming off a modest 8-5 season that saw the Trojans lose at BYU, Washington and Notre Dame while falling at home against Oregon and capping off their season with a humbling 49-24 beatdown against Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels for the season, but backup Kedon Slovis would end up winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award. Now, both quarterbacks will battle for the starting job this spring.

Michigan at Washington
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Michigan -1.5

Washington went an uneventful 8-5 last season, but that’s not the worst part. Making things that much more difficult heading into 2020 is the fact that the Huskies saw widely-respected head coach Chris Petersen abruptly resign when no one saw it coming. Now, longtime assistant Jimmy Lake will take over and although he’s widely known as a top-notch recruiter, no one knows how he’ll fare as a head coach. Still, the Huskies have been elite on both sides of the ball for almost the entirety of Petersen’s five-year stint and they have another top 20 recruiting class coming in again.

For Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, 2019 was another season in which the Wolverines underachieved far more often than not en route to a discouraging 9-4 finish. Now, as they get set for the 2020 campaign, Harbaugh will almost certainly have a first-time starter under center, although no one can identify that player right now. The Wolverines will also have at least three new starters on the offensive line and that tells me they could get off to a rocky start.

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

The XFL is about to complete its first month and if you haven’t been watching you have missed some great football. While it may never be in the same league as the NFL, it is very entertaining. Keep reading for the latest XFL Week 4 lines and XFL Championship odds.

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

XFL Week 4 Lines

Los Angeles Wildcats -6½
New York Guardians 40

Seattle Dragons 38½
St. Louis BattleHawks -12½

Houston Roughnecks -1
Dallas Renegades 50½

DC Defenders 43½
Tampa Bay Vipers pk

XFL Week 4 Props

Away teams total points scored +5½ -120 Over 172½ -120
Home teams total points scored -5½ -120 Under 172½ -120

Away teams win more games +135
Home teams win more games -175

Away teams scores more points +110
Home teams scores more points -150

Away teams scores fewer points -165
Home teams scores fewer points +125

Will a game go to OT? Y +300/N -420

XFL Championship Odds

Houston Roughnecks +195
DC Defenders +335
St. Louis BattleHawks +385
Dallas Renegades +575
Los Angeles Wildcats +800
New York Guardians +1325
Seattle Dragons +1850
Tampa Bay Vipers +1975

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

The return of the XFL is steamrolling along it’s 2020 campaign into Week 3! If you are betting on XFL football this week keep reading for my analysis on the Week 3 spreads, moneyline and over-under game totals.

XFL Week 3 Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds

Houston Roughnecks (2-0) at Tampa Bay Vipers (0-2)
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Spread: Houston Roughnecks -6
Moneyline: Tampa Bay Vipers +190
Over-Under Total: 46

Tampa Bay might be playing at home in this Week 3 affair, but that looks like the only positive thing the Vipers have going for them right now. Tampa Bay has gotten some absolutely inept play at quarterback through two games. First, Aaron Murray looked confused far more often than not in Week 1. Then, with the injured Murray out of the lineup last weekend, backups Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers stunk up the join in the Vipers’ 17-9 loss to Seattle.

Conversely, Houston has been the most explosive team in the league thanks to the stunning play of quarterback P.J. Walker. The former Temple star has thrown seven TD passes and just one interception this season while making a ton of absolutely jaw-dropping plays. Without making a prediction here, clearly, Tampa Bay is facing a tall task in trying to take down the unbeaten Roughnecks.

Dallas Renegades (1-1) at Seattle Dragons (1-1)
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Spread: Dallas Renegades -4½
Moneyline: Seattle Dragons +160
O/U: 44

Seattle dug itself out of a 9-0 hole early on to beat Tampa Bay 17-9 in Week 2. However, quarterback Brandon Silvers has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league so far this season with four TD passes and three interceptions. Seattle has scored and allowed an identical five touchdowns through two games. For Dallas, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones had a successful XFL debit by passing for 305 yards with on TD and two picks. Dallas has scored three touchdowns while allowing four through two games and they have the look of the better team in this matchup despite owning an identical 1-1 record as Seattle.

New York Guardians (1-1) at St. Louis BattleHawks (1-1)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
Spread: New York Guardians +325
Moneyline: St. Louis BattleHawks -9
O/U: 41

St. Louis put up a great effort in their narrow 28-24 loss against Houston last weekend as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu passed for 284 passing yards with three touchdown passes and two picks. On the flip side of the coin, New York looked mostly incompetent on both sides of the ball in their 27-0 shutout loss against the DC Defenders last weekend. Former NFL quarterback Matt McGloin was benched after passing for a paltry 44 yards and two interceptions before getting benched in the second half. The BattleHawks have scored twice as many touchdowns on the year (6) as New York and they’re playing at home in this one!

DC Defenders (2-0) at Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
Spread: DC Defenders -8
Moneyline: Los Angeles Wildcats +280
O/U: 44

The Los Angeles Wildcats looked a lot better last weekend than they did in Week 1, mostly because former NFL quarterback Josh Johnson made a solid debut by passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns. While the Wildcats fell to the Dallas Renegades 25-18 last weekend, I suspect this team will be a lot better moving forward with Johnson under center.

DC dominated New York on both sides of the ball to pick up a convincing 27-0 shutout win over the Guardians last weekend.
Former NFL signal-caller Cardale Jones had his second straight impressive outing by passing for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns. LA has scored a quartet of touchdowns this season while allowing eight touchdowns defensively.

Updated XFL Futures & Week 4 Lines

XFL Week 2 Spread, MoneyLine, Over-Under Odds

Are you a fan of the new and improved XFL? If so you can bet the spread, moneyline and game total every week at 5Dimes. Keep reading for XFL Week2’s betting lines.

XFL Week 2 Spread, MoneyLine, Over-Under Odds

New York Guardians +220
DC Defenders -6½
O/U 48
When: Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Audi Field, Washington, DC

The Guardians picked up a convincing 23-3 win over Tampa Bay in their regular season opener last weekend as former Oakland Raiders signal-caller Matt McGloin threw one touchdown pass and added another on the ground. The DC Defenders also picked up an emphatic win in Week 1 by jumping all over Seattle en route to a 31-19 win as former Ohio State star and LA Chargers backup Cardale Jones threw a pair of TD passes and the D.C. defense harassed Seattle signal-caller Brandon Silvers twice.

Tampa Bay Vipers -3
Seattle Dragons +130
O/U 45
When: Saturday, February 15 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA

As previously stated, Tampa Bay got completely man-handled in their humbling 23-3 season-opening loss against New York last weekend as former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray stunk up the joint by tossing two picks and no TD passes. Seattle also came up well short of winning their opener by getting smacked around by the DC Defenders en route to a 31-19 defeat in Week 1.

Seattle might have taken a loss on the chin in their opener, but I’m expecting the Dragons to pick up their first win of the season in this contest. While Seattle quarterback Brandon Silvers was picked up twice last weekend, he did manage to toss three TD passes in the loss and that should be more than enough to get the win in Week 2 seeing as how Aaron Murray looks like he could get benched after one more poor performance.

Dallas Renegades -4
Los Angeles Wildcats +160
O/U 48
When: Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA

Dallas was part of the most competitive game on the Week 1 XFL schedule, but the Renegades came up short of getting the win by falling to St. Louis 15-9 in their opener. Quarterback Phil Nelson passed the ball with success by going 33 of 42 for 209 yards. Unfortunately, he failed to throw a TD pass in the loss while tossing one pick. Los Angeles got dominated in their humbling 31-17 season-opening loss against Houston last weekend. The Wildcats started backup Charles Kanoff with starter Josh Johnson out of the lineup with a leg injury. Kanoff combined with third-stringer Jalan McClendon to go 25 of 45 with both quarterbacks tossing one interception, although Kanoff did throw one TD pass in the loss.

Los Angeles’ defense didn’t show up at all as Houston quarterback P.J. Walker lit them p for four TD passes in Week 1. Despite their lack of any competent defense in Week 1, I believe the Wildcats will get the win and narrow ATS cover as Josh Johnson gets the start and outplays counterpart Phil Nelson. Why Johnson isn’t in the NFL is beyond comprehension, but I expect the solid former NFL signal-caller to mostly have his way in this affair.

St. Louis BattleHawks +265
Houston Roughnecks -8
O/U 50½
When: Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX

St. Louis used a great defensive effort to subdue Dallas in their opener 15-9 while starting quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was good, if not great, in his debut by passing for 209 yards and one touchdown while adding 77 yards on the ground in the win. Defensively, the BattleHawks limited Dallas to a paltry 58 rushing yards while recording one interception in the win. Houston picked up the most convincing win on the Week 1 schedule by downing Los Angeles en route to an emphatic 37-17 win in their opener. Starting quarterback P.J. Walker might have put himself on the map of some NFL teams by going 23 of 39 for 272 yards with four TD tosses.

P.J. Walker looked like a gut that could easily play in today’s NFL. Walker has a nice arm and equally impressive running ability and I just don’t see St. Louis having an answer for all of the problems he presents. I believe the Roughnecks will get the job down at home but an eight-point spread is a tough bet.

Spreads, Moneyline, Over-Under Total Odds XFL Week 3

XFL Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Get ready for more football! The XFL season kicks off this weekend with four high-stakes games. Can this second professional football season succeed after so many have failed?

XFL Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Audi field, Washington, D.C.
Spread: DC -6½

Seattle is led by former longtime Seattle Seahawks legendary quarterback Jim Zorn with former Oregon State and Nebraska head coach Mike Reilly serving as offensive coordinator. The Dragons signed a bunch of former AAF players to their roster including starting quarterback Brandon Silvers, a former starter at Troy from 2014-2017. There are a bunch of question marks surrounding whether or not Silvers is a legitimate starter, but only time will tell at this point.

DC is led by former NFL and collegiate offensive coach Pep Hamilton, who has worked with a ton of quarterbacks in his career. Hamilton did some fantastic work with Andrew Luck after Bruce Arians departed and now he’ll have former Ohio State and LA Chargers signal-caller Cardale Jones leading his offense. Jones will have some proven talent at the skill positions, starting with former New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley, who led the AAF in rushing yardage last year and former Eagles backup Donnel Pumphrey.

Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Spread: Houston -5

Los Angeles is led by former longtime Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss with former longtime USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow serving as OC. Chow will have arguably the best quarterback in the XFL running the show in former NFL performer Josh Johnson, who definitely should have been on someone’s NFL roster after all of the awful quarterback play we saw across the league this past season.

Houston looks like another team that could put up plenty of points under former Falcons, Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones. Former L.A. raiders backup Connor Cook is the starter under center in Houston and he’ll have a seasoned wide receivers to throw to in former Steelers third-round pick Sammie Coates.

Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Spread: Tampa Bay -3½

The Vipers are led by former NFL head coach Marc Trestman and will have former Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray as the starter under center. The Vipers will also use former South Florida star Quinton Flowers at quarterback and running back, serving in a similar role to New Orleans’ do-it-all backup Taysom Hill. Whoever is passing the ball will have some excellent talent at the wide receiver position in former Cleveland Browns wideout Antonio Callaway, Stacey Coley and Tanner McEvoy.

New York is coached by former NFL offensive assistant and head coach Kevin Gilbride and will have former Penn State star Matt McGloin as the starting quarterback with Marquise Williams and Luis Perez ready to step in if the former Raiders backup struggles.

St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Spread: Dallas -6½

St. Louis will be led by former longtime Sooners and Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes with former Iowa signal-caller Chuck Long serving as the team’s offensive coordinator. The BattleHawks will have former Ole Miss signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu as the starting quarterback and a pair of running backs in Matt Jones and Christine Michael that have combined for over 500 carries in the NFL.

Dallas is led by former NCAA championship-winning head coach Bob Stoops and he’ll have a familiar face as his starting quarterback in former Sooners star and Steelers backup Landry Jones. Former Carolina Panthers backup Cameron Artis-Payne will be the starting running back, but Jones doesn’t have the best talent at the wide receiver position.

Super Bowl LV Futures Odds

5Dimes NFL oddsmakers dropped the opening odds for NEXT year’s Super Bowl for the upcoming season.

Super Bowl LV Futures Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs +700
  • Baltimore Ravens +800
  • San Francisco 49ers +875
  • New England Patriots +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Seattle Seahawks +2500
  • Green Bay Packers +2500
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2800
  • Los Angeles Rams +3000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000
  • Los Angeles Chargers +3300
  • Cleveland Browns +3300
  • Houston Texans +3500
  • Indianapolis Colts +3500
  • Tennessee Titans +3500
  • Buffalo Bills +4000
  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Atlanta Falcons +4000
  • Denver Broncos +5000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +6000
  • New York Giants +6600
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
  • Carolina Panthers +6600
  • Detroit Lions +8000
  • New York Jets +8000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
  • Arizona Cardinals +10000
  • Miami Dolphins +12500
  • Washington Redskins +15000

Top Tier Super Bowl LV Contenders

  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Seattle Seahawks +2500

While no team has managed to win consecutive Super Bowls since New England did so back in 2003 and 2004, you had better believe that Kansas City is looking great as the prohibitive favorites to win Super Bowl 55. The Chiefs have an unadulterated superstar in quarterback Patrick Mahomes that has already won one league MVP and one Super Bowl MVP in just his third season. It’s bad news for the rest of the league, but Mahomes is just 24-years-old. Not only that, but the Chiefs will be back with the same boatload of talented skill position players that helped them win it all this season, not to mention the fact that they’ll now have a newfound confidence knowing exactly what it takes to become Super Bowl champs.

While Baltimore came up short of their Super Bowl 54 hopes, the Ravens are also looking great in the immediate future thanks, first and foremost to the eye-opening play of unanimous league MVP Lamar Jackson. Baltimore will almost certainly be elite on the defensive side of the ball and the experience they got this season could easily help them in their quest for Super Bowl success next season. While recent Super Bowl losers have had a tough time even getting back to the big dance the following year, San Francisco will undeniably have another good chance next season based on their astounding defense and powerful rushing attack, although I’m still not the biggest believer in Jimmy Garoppolo.

Despite a trio of heartbreaking playoff losses the last three years, New Orleans will be right back in the Super Bowl mix as long as Drew Brees and Sean Payton are still joined at the hip. Last, but not least, rounding out my group of top tier title contenders is Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle might have come up short of their own Super Bowl hopes this season, but the Seahawks have an MVP-caliber superstar in Wilson and one of the league’s most player-friendly head coaches in Pete Carroll. If Seattle’s defense takes another step forward next season, then I can see Seattle beating out their NFC rivals, even if they aren’t conference favorites right now.

They Need A Piece Or Two To Win Super Bowl LV

  • New England Patriots +1200
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
  • Los Angeles Rams +3000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2800
  • Buffalo Bills +4000
  • Tennessee Titans +3500
  • Houston Texans +3500
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Green Bay Packers +2500

Okay, let’s get to the top contenders just outside of my top tier. I know it might seem strange not seeing New England as one of the top challengers to win it all, but this decision was based on the fact that Tom Brady might not be coming back to Foxborough, combined with the fact that, even if the future Hall of Famer does return, the Patriots were almost bereft of talent at the skill positions.

Whether Brady returns or not, the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be better next season as Ben Roethlisberger returns after missing the entire 2019 campaign. Mike Tomlin as completely masterful without his franchise quarterback this past season and Roethlisberger’s return should put them back into Super Bowl contention at the very least.

The Rams have been a winning organization ever since head coach Sean McVay took over and despite their Super Bowl hangover this past season, the explosive Rams could very well make their second Super Bowl appearance in three years in 2021. Minnesota has an elite defense and a no-nonsense head coach in Mike Zimmer, but yeah…they still have Kirk Cousins under center and that’s just not going to cut it for a team with legitimate Super Bowl hopes. In Philly, all eyes are on franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. If Philly’s main man can stay upright and healthy, the Birds will soar and it could be to Super Bowl heights.

If Brady doesn’t return to New England, the Buffalo Bills will be the biggest benefactors after going an impressive 10-6 in 2019. Sure, strong-armed quarterback Josh Allen still needs to improve as a passer, but the Bills have an elite defense and they go all-out for head coach Sean McDermott each and every game. Tennessee could also challenge for a Super Bowl berth after their stunning run to the AFC title game this season. Houston still has a bunch of star power in Deshaun Watson and J.J. watt, but I’m sick and tired of seeing the Texans underachieve under head coach Bill O’Brien and fully believe it’s time for Houston to move on.

Veteran signal-caller Phillip Rivers might not be back with the Chargers next season, but the Bolts could become the landing spot for Brady next season. Even if Tom Terrific doesn’t end up in L.A., the Chargers could still field a competitive team next season, though getting past Kansas City in the AFC West looks virtually impossible right now.

Green Bay had a fantastic campaign that saw them reach the NFC Championship, but I don’t see the Pack getting past their NFC counterparts with Aaron Rodgers clearly taking a step backwards as he ages. For Dallas, the Boys might have made a decent hire to get former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, but as long as Jerry Jones is running things in the Big D, I wouldn’t expect much of anything next season, except more headline-making drama.

Not Too Crazy

  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Atlanta Falcons +4000

Chicago took a huge step backwards after winning 12 games in 2018, but the Bears looked a lot better down the stretch run than they did for the vast majority of the regular season and I believe their powerful defense could at least help them contend again next season. Likewise, Atlanta could rebound in a big way after playing some really solid football over the second half of the 2019 campaign following a horrendous start.

Unless Tom Brady Signs…

  • Cleveland Browns +3300
  • Indianapolis Colts +3500
  • Denver Broncos +5000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +6000
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
  • Carolina Panthers +6600
  • Arizona Cardinals +10000
  • Washington Redskins +15000

No Andrew Luck means no Super Bowl hopes in Indianapolis, even though Jacoby Brissett is one of my favorite players in the NFL. Baker Mayfield is to immature and unfocused to lead the Browns to anything of consequence in 2020, not to mention I’m not real fond of Cleveland’s hiring of former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach. The Broncos are hoping (praying?) that young quarterback Drew Lock is the answer to their longstanding issues under center. In Oakland (dammit…Las Vegas) the Raiders are hoping to field a Super Bowl-worthy team as they move into their new home, but the Jon Gruden era has been rocky, to put it mildly, in the two years he’s been there and no one knows if Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback after this offseason. While I’ve got Carolina and Arizona listed as long shots to win Super Bowl 55, both franchise are well on their way to future success. I love the Panthers hire of Vern Rhule as their new head coach and his subsequent hiring of Joe Brady as offensive coordinator. In Arizona, the Cardinals clearly got it right by hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Kyler Murray with the top overall pick in this year’s draft. Last, but not least in this group I have the Washington Redskins as a team that could take a big step forward after their really smart hiring of Ron Rivera and his subsequent hire of Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator.

Only If You Have A Time Machine

  • New York Giants +6600
  • Detroit Lions +8000
  • New York Jets +8000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000

Please, save you cash and save your a$$ some grief by avoiding even remotely thinking about placing a ‘super long shot ‘wager on one of these teams. The Giants just made one of the most foolish head coach hires in ages. Detroit has a great defensive mind in former Patriots coordinator Matt Patricia, but for the third straight year, I remain convinced that the Lions blew it by not hiring an offensive-minded head coach that could help Matt Stafford finally unlock all of his potential.

The New York Jets are complete and utter fools for hiring overmatched Adam Gase while the Cincinnati Bengals look like a team that is at least 3-5 years away from challenging anyone – for anything. Last, but not least, Jacksonville now has problems t quarterback one year after signing veteran Nick Foles to become their heir apparent. The high-priced Foles struggled mightily in his first year with the Jags and the team actually looked more competitive under rookie Gardner Minshew II.

Mahomes vs Jimmy G Super Bowl LIV Props

Mahomes vs Jimmy G Super Bowl LIV Props

The big game this weekend features two first time Super Bowl starters in Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo. Mahomes is the reigning NFL MVP and was a possession away from a Super Bowl appearance last year. Jimmy G has won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup but hasn’t seen any meaningful playoff action until this season. Which QB will lead their team to a Super Bowl win?

Mahomes vs Jimmy G Super Bowl LIV Props

No matter if you prefer the strong-armed Mahomes and his penchant for firing off prolific TD passes or you prefer the more, ‘game manager-like’ Jimmy G, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on both quarterbacks’ Super Bowl 54 props odds thanks to the fun-filled insight that you’re about to get.

Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl LIV Player Props Odds

Total Pass Attempts: 35.5

Let me ‘keep it 100’ by saying that his figure is super difficult to predict. Mahomes averaged 34,5 passes per game this season and he’s thrown an identical 35 passes in both of Kansas City’s playoff games this postseason. Having topped 35 passes in just six games this season, I’m going with the Under.

Total Completions: 23.5

Mahomes averaged 22.7 completions per game this season while completing more than 23.5 passes seven times. Mahomes has gone an eerily identical 23 of 35 in both of Kansas City’s playoff games this postseason. This time though, I’m going with the Over as I expect Mahomes to go 24 of 34 in Super Bowl LIV.

Total Passing Yards: 299.5

Mahomes has thrown for over 299.5 yards eight times in 14 starts this season while going 1-1 against this figure in the playoffs. With the 49ers running the ball a bunch in Super Bowl LIV to keep Mahomes on the sidelines, I’m going with the under here.

Total TD Passes: 1.5

Mahomes tossed at least two TD passes nine times this season while throwing five against Houston in the divisional round and three more against Tennessee in the AFC Championship. Stingy defense or not, Mahomes is tossing at least two TD’s in Super Bowl LIV.

Total Interceptions: 0.5

Despite the fact that he throws the ball a lot, Mahomes definitely isn’t a turnover-producing machine. With 11 career TD passes and just one interception in four playoff games, I say the likelihood that Mahomes tosses on in Super Bowl 54 is pretty damned low.

Jimmy Garoppolo Super Bowl LIV Player Props Odds

Total Pass Attempts: 29.5

Hahaha. Seriously? While Jimmy G threw at least 30 passes six times during the regular season, it’s clear that Kyle Shanahan has found his best method for success is to limit Garoppolo’s pass attempts as evidenced by the fact that he passes just 19 times against Minnesota in the divisional round and a stunning eight times against Green Bay in the NFC Championship.

Total Completions: 20.5

Uh…yeah…again…it’s not happening. Only six times has San Francisco’s franchise quarterback completed at least 21 passes this season. Play the Under here folks and keep it moving!

Total Passing Yards: 240.5

While Garoppolo has thrown for at least 241 yards 10 times this season, he hasn’t passed for more than 131 yards in the playoffs. Hell no…he won’t go – over this passing yards total in Super Bowl 54 against a Chiefs pass defense that has been absolutely rock-solid in the second half of the season.

Total TD Passes: 1.5

Jimmy G has tossed at least two TD passes seven times this season, but the odds are against him doing so against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. Nope, not gonna’ happen!

Total Interceptions: 0.5

Garoppolo tossed at least one interceptions in 11 games this season while finishing with a career-high 13 overall. He tossed one against Minnesota in the divisional round but didn’t throw one against the Packers in the NFC Championship, mostly because Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t let him pass the ball. Still, I like superstar defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to pick him off in Super Bowl LIV.

Super Bowl MVP Odds:  Mahomes +100, Jimmy Garoppolo +200

Unless Jimmy G throws a luck, game-winning TD pass, he’s almost certainly not going to be the reasons to 49ers pull off the upset over the favored Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. However, Patrick Mahomes is the prohibitive MVP favorite for a reason. Kansas City’s high-scoring offense runs through him! If anyone gets my vote here, it’s Patrick ‘Ma-homeboy’!