At the start of every professional football season, groups of friends around the nation argue about who will be top dogs, but rarely do people fight about who will be the worst when December rolls around. However, thanks to U.S. offshore betting sites we can now get down on which NFL team will be in the basement after Week 17, and it just might be the most interesting question of the year.
The competition is always fierce among iGaming operators but one has gone a little further than most this September and now it’s possible to bet on, “Worst Regular Season Record”. Needless to say, there are going to be a number of fans unhappy with the posted odds, but the good news is they will also be quite accustomed to misery.
It’s no surprise this prop is found at the always-fun BetOnline Sportsbook who’s stepped up with their massive list of futures, taking action on everything from “NFL 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year” (current favorite Sam Darnold, +200) to “Next NFL Head Coach to be Fired” (current favorite Dick Koetter, +400).
Now most are going to naturally assume the Cleveland Browns are ranked #1 for projected futility and absolutely no one who watches their games would disagree. Yet in a surprise twist, the Browns are actually second at +800, right behind this year’s favorites at +600: the Buffalo Bills. Yup, the tortured franchise in northern New York State has been tapped as 2018 mutt of the litter. Thankfully, Bills fans are used to low expectations and were fortune enough to taste sweet relief in 2017 when they finally made the playoffs after almost two decades of failure.
The forecasted 3rd worst NFL team at +900 comes as a slight surprise, as it’s going to take some time for people to get used to the Arizona Cardinals being terrible now that they don’t have a proper quarterback, (yes, it’s ok to shed a tear for Larry Fitzgerald’s career). The next three selections come as no real shock as the Jets, Colts, and Bears have been subpar for a while, but it’s disappointing to see the Dolphins, Bengals, and Buccaneers projected to be terrible since all three had made small advances over the last few seasons.
That all said, the most shocking name on the list of garbage squads has to be the Seattle Seahawks, who enjoyed fantastic success recently and of course, a Super Bowl win in 2014. They’ve lost tons of key players since, with The Legion of Boom formally breaking up after Richard Sherman’s departure to rival San Francisco and Michael Bennet running to Philadelphia. It looks like pro football in the Pacific Northwest is reverting back to mediocre (for now).
There’s one other fun prop of note to get in on, with a two-way tie for who will score the least amount of points and you guessed it, at +700 the Browns and Bills are neck-and-neck in projected offensive futility. See you next year, guys.
Here are the current odds for worst 2018 regular season record and anyone wanting in can go gamble on NFL futures at BetOnline and put their money on a real loser.
Buffalo Bills +600
Cleveland Browns +800
Arizona Cardinals +900
New York Jets +1000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1000
Chicago Bears +1200
Cincinnati Bengals +1200
Miami Dolphins +1200
Indianapolis Colts +1400
New York Giants +1600
Seattle Seahawks +1600
Washington Redskins +1600
***All odds correct as of September 4, 2018.***