The Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL in scoring with 496 points during the 2022 regular season. The closest contender was the Philadelphia Eagles (477), who were eventually defeated by the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. There was a direct correlation between total points scored and which organizations advanced to compete for a Lombardi.
With 2023 training camp officially underway, it’s time to look toward some never-too-early potential scoring leaders. Several franchises have made strides throughout the offseason by improving their personnel. They’ll hope to contend with the Chiefs and Eagles in 2023.
BetOnline’s NFL futures prop betting landscape for the 2023 regular season scoring leader has taken shape. The NFL is in its golden era of offensive performances. The top betting options shake out as follows:
- Kansas City Chiefs (+500)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+600)
- Buffalo Bills (+800)
- Cincinnati Bengals (+900)
- San Francisco 49ers (+1000)
- Dallas Cowboys (+1000)
- Baltimore Ravens (+1200)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (+1400)
- Los Angeles Chargers (+1400)
- Detroit Lions (+1500)
- Seattle Seahawks (+1800)
THE FAVORITE AND MY PICK: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I’m not going against the grain. The Chiefs scored a league-high 29.2 points per contest last season. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the NFL in passing touchdowns with 41 scores. Mahomes spearheaded a league-topping offense that averaged 297.8 passing yards per outing.
The elite trio of Mahomes, Andy Reid, and Travis Kelce will continue positioning the Chiefs to flirt with scoring 30 points per game. Projecting offensive success for the Chiefs is a straightforward process even if there are question marks at wide receiver and across the offensive line that need some sorting through. I’m not betting against the Chiefs until they give me a legitimate reason to.
THE NO. 1 CONTENDER: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Eagles’ 28.1 points per contest was only outdone by the Chiefs and Bills (28.4), the latter of which only completed 16 regular-season contests. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts developed into a face-of-the-franchise talent while overseeing one of the league’s most explosive offenses. Hurts was rewarded with a five-year extension worth $255 million earlier this offseason.
Hurts is now tasked with repeating those efforts. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be successful. He’s continued to build chemistry with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith this summer. We’ll see how the additions of D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny impact one of the league’s most creative by-design backfields. Hurts is capable of winning MVP in 2023.
A WORTHY UNDERDOG: DETROIT LIONS
The Lions scored a fifth-ranked 26.6 points per contest last season. Despite that success, they barely crack BetOnline’s top 10 odds and are currently available at +1500 to lead the NFL in scoring. That’s borderline disrespectful.
Yet, we understand BetOnline’s hesitancy. When thinking of household-name offenses, the Lions hardly come to mind. But this Lions squad deserves an opportunity to rewrite narratives. Dan Campbell’s competitive Lions are on the cusp of becoming perennial contenders.
Jahmyr Gibbs, Sam LaPorta, and David Montgomery have been added to what was already an impressive supporting cast. Quarterback Jared Goff plays behind one of the league’s most well-balanced and consistent offensive lines. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was retained despite receiving some head coaching interest from elsewhere. The Lions have the pieces in place to quiet the naysayers.
- Sep 29, 2023
- Sep 29, 2023