THE NFL IS BACK! ON THE SAME WEEKEND that next season’s Premiership begins, so does America’s favourite game (I know they say that of baseball but the NFL, for a foreigner, is the number one game from across the pond). and not since the 1972 Don Shula
Dolphins has any team recorded the perfect season – 19 and 0, that’s 16 games unbeaten in the regular season plus the play-offs culminating in?Superbowl glory. Well, not until now!?!
Even the unbeatable Patriots in their pomp couldn’t go unbeaten, even the Cowboys when they were America’s team couldn’t go unbeaten but this year maybe it’s the year of BALTIMORE.
Why I hear you ask?
Firstly, they are in a poor division when normally the Steelers and the Bengals are tough opponents. No longer this year. Secondly, they have America’s next big thing at quarterback in Lemar Jackson, now in his second full season. Last year they choked before the might of the defensive juggernaut that was the Tennessee Titans, but one year on and one year wiser the Ravens will go all the way. So what can you get?
Baltimore to win the AFC?North…5/13
(that won’t make you rich!).
Baltimore to win the AFC?Conference…7/2
(now that’s getting interesting!).
Baltimore to win the Superbowl…7/1
(my nap of the year!)
But there are specials this time of year, Bet365 are offering…
ANY?TEAM TO GO UNBEATEN IN THE REGULAR SEASON 20/1 AND ANY TEAM TO GO UNBEATEN AND WIN THE SUPERBOWL 33/1. Remember, that’s 32 teams originally working on your behalf and although after one week there will only be 16 teams working on your behalf, it’s still a great interest bet. Now, put this in context, no team has gone unbeaten in nigh on 30 years, so treat with caution but Baltimore to win the
Superbowl at 7/1 just has to be backed.
At this embryonic stage I always like to have a multiple Heinz on six teams to win their respective divisions and a 50p Heinz will only cost £28.50 and this year’s bet is as follows:
AFC?East Buffalo Bills 6/5
AFC?North Baltimore Ravens 5/13
NFC?East Dallas Cowboys 4/5
NFC?North Minnesota Vikings 6/4
NFC?South Tamba Bay?Buccaneers 8/5
NFC?West Seattle Seahawks 21/10
The accumulator alone to a £1 stake (admittedly pays 111/1, that’s over a grand for a tenner accumulator).
But away from the NFL, early?October sees the Prix d’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and a mighty clash between Love, Enable and Ghaiyaarth amongst others (and the others include Stradivarius) in the greatest all-age middle distance championship race in Europe. Let me start by giving you some trainer comments…Aiden O’Brien believes LOVE is the best filly he has ever trained. Now this isn’t some journeyman or up and coming trainer making a rash comment, this is the master of Ballydoyle speaking with over 90 Group?Ones to his name. Throw into the mix that Love has won both the 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks in spectacular fashion this year and do you really need to know any more? Take the 5/2 now before it goes.
FINALLY, WHERE YOU ON? In last month’s edition I tipped up the chances of Sevilla to win the Europa Cup in Germany, and what happened they only went and won it at a massive 8/1, and while we are speaking of the NFL in last October’s edition I gave you the Kansas City?Chiefs who won the Superbowl at the then price of 11/2 and I also tipped up Bayern?Munich to win the Champions League back in 2019 at 5/1. Impressive eh?
Till next time and the soccer, good punting.
?Bernie the Book