With the 2023 NFL Preseason really starting to crank up this week, now is the perfect time to start getting your NFL future bets in. These odds have been available for months, but now is the time in which you can really start to get a good read on teams.
One way to bet on teams ahead of the start of the season is making a wager as to which teams are going to reach the playoffs in 2023-24. There are some teams that appear to be locks, but you should instead be looking for those teams that are going to be a surprise and sneak into the field.
Using the odds from Bookmaker, here are three surprise teams that you should wager on, and all of these options are going to come with a really nice payout.
Chicago Bears to Make Playoffs (+181)
The Chicago Bears ended the 2022-23 season with the worst record in the NFL, and that gave them the number 1 overall draft pick. Instead of using that pick, the Bears made a big trade to acquire wide receiver D.J. Moore from the Carolina Panthers.
Even though the Bears were the worst team in the NFL last season, they showed some signs of greatness behind quarterback Justin Fields. There are some that believe that Field can win the MVP Award this season as he can really do it all under center.
The Bears have a favorable schedule in 2023-24, and they are playing in the NFC North Division, that appears to be wide open. Chicago will need the defense to step up and play better, but that offense is going to be putting up some huge numbers.
Bet on the Bears at +181 to make the NFL Playoffs as a Wild Card team this season.
Denver Broncos to Make Playoffs (+158)
The Denver Broncos were one of the most disappointing teams in the league a season ago, and quarterback Russell Wilson had a disastrous season. Denver went out and hired Sean Payton to lead the team for this season, and he should make a massive difference for the team.
Denver has had a dominant defense over the last few seasons, and that unit should be great again during the 2023-24 season. Wilson is simply too good of an NFL player to struggle again this season, and that offense should be able to keep up with the defense.
Most would agree that the Los Angeles Chargers are the second-best team in the AFC West Division, but look for Denver to take over that spot. Denver isn’t going to win the division, but they will be good enough to reach the playoffs this season.
Indianapolis Colts to Make Playoffs (+375)
If you really want to take a big swing this season, then bet on the Indianapolis Colts at +375 to reach the postseason. On paper, this looks like a massive risk, but the Colts are going to have a path to get that done.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won the AFC South a season ago, and they are a team with plenty of optimism. Jacksonville is a Trevor Lawrence injury away from being terrible, though, and crazy things happen in the NFL every year.
This Colts team is going to turn to Anthony Richardson at the quarterback position, and he is an absolute monster of a man. Richardson will have some growing pains to work through this season, but he is talented enough to lead his team to a ton of wins.
Look for the Colts to be a huge surprise division winner this season as they win the AFC South and reach the playoffs (+375).