Fans of American football, rejoice. Summer is fading, fall is approaching and the 2023 season of the National Football League is upon us.
It wasn’t that long ago that Patrick Mahomes led his Kansas City Chiefs to a brilliant second-half comeback against the Philadelphia Eagles to claim Super Bowl LVII. That 38-35 result was decided by a field goal that has now etched the name of its kicker Harrison Butker forever in the annals of Super Bowl heroics.
It's a bettor's dream this year, as it is any year. The Chiefs are favored to repeat their Super Bowl glory. Mahomes is tipped to lead the league in passing yards and touchdown passes. The great Tom Brady has retired, and a slew of quarterbacks are trying to find their feet with new teams, or are coming back from injury. There are plenty of variables to keep betting markets fresh and prices moving.
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Key facts about the 2023 NFL season
What? The 2023 NFL Season, Playoffs and Super Bowl LVIII
This will be the 104th season of the National Football League (NFL)
Where? 32 stadiums across the United States.
This year’s Super Bowl will be hosted at the Allegiant Stadium, in Paradise, Nevada.
When? September 7, 2023 – January 7, 2024
The Lead Up: 2023 NFL Season
The 2023 NFL season is scheduled to begin with the Kickoff Game on September 7, which will see the Kansas City Chiefs, last year’s Super Bowl champions, host the Detroit Lions.
The Chiefs are favorites to win it all again, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills not that far behind in the odds for 2023 Super Bowl winners.
Favorites to win the NFL 2023 Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs (6.55/+555)
Early NFL odds have Kansas City as a favorite in all but one of its 17 games this year. Any wonder then why they’re the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs?
They have Patrick Mahomes, the best player in the league, and arguably the best coach in Andy Reid as well. This is a combo that is better than the other top contenders in the AFC, if not the whole NFL.
Offensively, there is not much more we can ask of Mahomes and his attack line. Where the Chiefs can lift things to the next level is with their notoriously slow-starting defense. There is also the issue of Chris Jones, who is holding out on finalizing a new contract. With Jones locked in, the Chiefs’ defensive line becomes one of the best in the league.
Buffalo Bills (8.22/+722)
The Bills strength is in their scoring. Quarterback Josh Allen is one of the best in the league and has dynamic wide receivers and tight ends (including rookie Dalton Kincaid) to give him plenty of targets.
Buffalo is reportedly expanding its offensive schemes to offer more versatility in scoring. The Bills’ running game will find space with the threat of Allen’s passing, protected by a much underrated offensive line.
The defensive unit may be a weakness this season, having lost its coordinator in the off-season. Head Coach Sean McDermott will be juggling roles as he takes on that responsibility in 2023.
Philadelphia Eagles (9.5/+850)
Philly had a rollicking 2022 season that had some playoff pundits favoring them to beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl, only to fall so agonizingly short.
Bookmakers are backing the Eagles as a chance again this season, though the infamous Super Bowl Hangover might stand in their way. Only eight teams in NFL history have returned to the Super Bowl the year after losing. And out of those teams, only three were able to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
On paper, Philly has all the pieces to become the fourth. They have a quarterback in Jalen Hurts, who finished second to Mahomes in the 2022 MVP voting. They have an offensive line that overwhelms opposing defenders, and a defensive unit that sacked opposing quarterbacks 70 times last season, the most in the league.
Cincinnati Bengals (11.2/+1020)
Bookmakers like Cincinnati as a contender and the Bengals consistency over the years has played a big part in that. The coaching staff has stayed together and the offense has the same headlining stars, including the very underrated Joe Burrow.
Burrow has the unfortunate distinction of being a potential Hall of Fame quarterback overshadowed by other great quarterbacks like Mahomes, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. Concerns over a calf injury Burrows’ sustained during training camp have thrown a cloud over the Bengals early-season performance.
Much depends on Burrow to lead Cincy to its third AFC North title - and give them another shot at Super Bowl glory. They came up short against the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.
San Francisco 49ers (11.3/+1030)
The 49ers were almost unbeatable in the back half of the 2022 season, with 10 consecutive wins to finish. They had more wins by more than two scores than wins by fewer than one. They had more than a chance at the NFC championship game against Philadelphia, and then it all came apart when quarterback Brock Purdy retired hurt.
For the 49ers, it was a continuation of a theme: Purdy was himself a revelation last season as he stepped in after injuries to the first- and second-string quarterbacks. And he continues to be the question dominating the San Francisco pre-season. How is his elbow? When will he play again?
The team’s defense is also intriguing, with the departure of previous coordinator DeMeco Ryans. His replacement Steve Wilks is a good defensive coordinator and will need to quickly learn how to manage a squad that comprises many veterans.
Cloudbet specials for 2023 NFL Season
To commemorate the 2023 NFL Season, Cloudbet is proud to offer exclusive specials as part of our Cloudbet Fantasy Markets.
This special market focuses on NFL quarterbacks starting the season as the franchise’s designated starter. The lineup includes Aaron Rodgers with the Jets, Baker Mayfield with the Bucs, the Colts' Anthony Richardson commanding the Colts, and the Saints' Derek Carr. Who among these talented QBs will rack up the most passing yards in their debut week?
Our pick: Aaron Rodgers (7.50/+650)
We focus on which quarterback coming back from injury or a poor season will collect the most combined passing and rushing yards in their first week of the 2023 NFL season. It's a chance to bet on redemption! Our lineup includes Deshaun Watson (Browns), Tua Tagovailoa (Dolpins), and Lamar Jackson (Ravens).
Cloudbet favorite: Lamar Jackson (4.25/+325)
Get ready for 'New Blood Battle,' a special Week One betting market that welcomes the future stars of the NFL. Which of three promising rookie quarterbacks (the Panthers' Bryce Young, the Texans’ CJ Stroud, and the Colts' Anthony Richardson) will accumulate the most combined passing and rushing yards in their very first NFL game?
Cloudbet favorite: Anthony Richardson (2.65/+165)
A betting market designed for fans of defensive action. This market focuses on rookies like Will Anderson Jr. (Houston Texans) and Jalen Carter (Philadelphia Eagles) who are ready to make a name for themselves in the world of pass rushing.
The favorite: Will Anderson Jr. (6/+500)
Division Champions - The Top Picks
AFC East - Buffalo Bills (2.04/+104)
While the Bills are the favorites for reasons offered above, it’s not quite a sure thing anymore. Their division rivals have made improvements, notably the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
The Jets are the second division favorites, with new quarterback Aaron Rogers. Questions hang over whether their offensive line can protect Rogers consistently enough to keep him on the field.
AFC North - Cincinnati Bengals (2.6/+160)
The Bengals are the frontrunner to win its third straight AFC North title, a feat that no team has accomplished since the mid-90s. While they have all the pieces for another deep play-off run, much of it depends on when quarterback Joe Burrow returns.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are eager to prove that quarterback Lamar Jackson can take his game to another level in an offense that is expected to feature a more dynamic passing attack. We like Cincinnati and Baltimore to make deep playoff runs from this division.
AFC South - Jacksonville Jaguars (1.66/-152)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have grown very quickly over the past year, improving from holding the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to claiming the AFC South crown last season. They’re looking good to repeat, with a promising offense led by rapidly improving quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
It helps that the division has gone downhill fast. The Houston Texans are still figuring out how to field a competitive roster and support rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. The Indianapolis Colts are dealing with drama around star running back Jonathan Taylor and the Tennessee Titans haven't been able to stay healthy for two straight years.
AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs (1.61/-164)
The odds indicate that the Chiefs will dominate. They easily won their seventh straight division title last season, and not many doubt that Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes can do it all over again.
The Los Angeles Chargers have a new offensive coordinator, who might refresh the Californians’ scoring strategies. The Denver Broncos need someone to show them how to win, and they might have that now in new head coach Sean Payton. Realistically though, can anyone beat Kansas City for the division title? We think not.
NFC East - Philadelphia Eagles (1.81/-123)
The Eagles won the division and the NFC conference last season and is poised to be just as dangerous this coming fall. Quarterback Jalen Hurts finished second in MVP voting last season, and Philly’s strong defense managed to keep some key pieces in place.
Second favorite in the division is Dallas, which looks like a team poised for a deep playoff run. The Cowboys improved in the offseason by locking in two quality cornerbacks and a great wide receiver for quarterback Dak Prescott.
NFC North - Detroit Lions (2.48/+148)
The NFC North is in shambles, which bodes well for a Detroit team angling for its first division title since 1993. The Lions’ offensive and defensive lines have improved over the past year, predicated on strong pass rushing and protection for quarterback Jared Goff.
Last season’s division champions, the Minnesota Vikings, are second favorites, having undergone some significant changes. They bid farewell to a brace of top-tier players and there was some tension with linebacker Danielle Hunter, until he received a sizable pay rise.
NFC South - New Orleans Saints (2.36/+136)
Some pundits argue that the NFC South is the worst in the NFL. Not one team in the division finished with a winning record in 2022. It’s not looking pretty this season either, especially with Tom Brady retiring from Tampa Bay and with every franchise breaking in a new full-time starting quarterback.
New Orleans are the favorites to win this division. The Saints signed Derek Carr in the offseason, and he'll hopefully give their offense plenty more stability than it displayed last year. Meanwhile, last year’s division champs - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - are tipped to come last, without the talismanic Brady running the show.
NFC West - San Francisco 49ers (1.53/-189)
Last year’s division champions, the 49ers have all the pieces for a repeat performance - if they can keep their quarterbacks healthy! All eyes on when quarterback Brock Purdy suits up again.
Second favorites are the Seattle Seahawks, who were one of the biggest surprises of 2022. They have to be better on defense, and quarterback Geno Smith has to continue his inspired play.
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