2012 NFL Forecast: The 3 Boom-or-Bust Teams

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2012 NFL Forecast: The 3 Boom-or-Bust Teams
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The Packers are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl but the next three teams have a chance to mess up those plans. Or flame out altogether.

When I go buy a scratchcard, I usually buy one of those $20 ones. One can't really expect to win a whole lot of money when they go buy a one-dollar scratchcard. Whether one wins a free ticket or a couple bucks, it just doesn't feel like a win. However, with a $20 scratchcard (which might not seem like that much to you, but for an unemployed college student like myself, this is essentially, for lack of a better term and redundant gambling analogies, going all-in) there is a higher chance of winning more money. 

Most likely, I'll end up tossing the losing ticket in the trash can in a couple seconds but the risk/reward is worth it. 

The National Football League this year hosts several overwhelming favorites that cannot be disputed: the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and the San Francisco 49ers are the prohibitive teams that can make a deep playoff run. According to Bovada.lv, they have the best chances of winning the Lombardi Trophy, with the Patriots at 11/2, Packers at 6/1, and the Niners at 9/1. 

Then there are the solid teams like the Steelers, Texans, and Ravens who are in the running barring any disastrous collapses. These teams have the sufficient tools on offense, defense, and special teams to sustain injuries, but may not hold the potential upside that the other wild-card teams have. One can't really lose gambling with these teams, but the bigger prize isn't in their sights either. 

The next three teams are the ones to keep an eye on all season. While the risk/reward is high for each and every one of them, they all possess the ability to make a dark-horse run through the playoffs and win the whole thing or fall prey to significant flaws that will catapult them into the lower rungs of the draft order.

Simply put, either that $20 scratchcard is going to make you a lot of money, or you'll spend another 20 next time hoping for better results. 

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