Are You Ready for Some Football?Published June 5, 2013 by OCR Editor
There is no sport with bigger hits, nail biting plays or fast-paced action other than the NFL.
The NFL is getting in gear and pre-season action kicks off on Sunday August 4th with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Ohio featuring the Dallas Cowboys vs the Miami Dolphins. The NFL season opener is on Thursday September 5th with the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens taking on the Denver Broncos in a re-match of last year's Divisional Round.
This year is poised to be the most action-packed NFL season to date with the 32 teams having an amazing off season with big trades, new signings and some major contract extensions that could play a central role this year.
Big Off season Deals
Some of the biggest deals in the off-season related to the signing of the NFL Free Agents. Perhaps the biggest deal of them all was the re-signing of Joe Flacco the QB that lead the Ravens to the Lombardi Trophy last year who agreed to stay with the team this coming year. There were 100 free agents to sign this year but the standouts were the likes of Michael Johnson who will stay with Bengals as did Andre Smith, Mike Wallace the WR from Pittsburgh who was signed by the Dolphins for a 5 year stint, Greg Jennings who went from the Packers to their NFC North Division rival Vikings, and Reggie Bush who will need to get used to the cold in Detroit after leaving the Dolphins.
The 2013 NFL Draft also saw some top college hopefuls that will start there new careers. It may have been a shock for most but the top overall pick for the draft made by the Kansas City Chiefs was not a QB, WR, or RB, but rather an Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan in hopes that he can help give QB Alex Smith some time to create magic in the backfield. The Jaguars picked up OT Luke Joeckel with their second pick making it the first time two Offensive Tackles were selected in the top two spots. According to the NFL Draft Grades the Vikings, Rams and Steelers had the best overall draft with each team picking up key players that will make them actual contenders this year.
One of the biggest trade deals in the off season was definitely moving star WR Percy Harvin from Minnesota to the Seahawks for a 2013 first-round draft pick, a 2013 seventh-round draft pick, and a 2014 mid-round draft pick.
The lines are already heating up
With the stage set for a huge season all that's left is to get your lucky jersey, read into the 2013 NFL Season Predictions, and visit one of the top online sportsbooks for the 2013 NFL Betting Odds.
It isn't hard to realize which of the online sportsbooks you ought to be betting with. The top dogs are still William Hill Sportsbook, bet365 Sports and Ladbrokes Sports. In a comparison of the three, each one already has incredible NFL sports betting for outright winners this coming season. William Hill has the Broncos and the Patriots at 7/1 to take the title; bet365 has the same odds for the Patriots but has the Broncos with the 49ers at 13/2 while Ladbrokes sees it much like William Hill but adds the 49ers and the Seahawks at 8/1 for the Super bowl title.
Make no doubt that these lines will change throughout the course of the season and more and more NFL betting lines will be popping up from day to day. Don't miss any of the NFL betting advice any of these top online sportsbooks offer or the terrific in-play bets that will make any game more exciting to watch.
Now that you know where to play and when the NFL pre-season and regular season sets off, all that's left to do is crack a few cold ones, wait for the training camps to end and get ready to tailgate in the parking lot of your favorite teams.