I was recently sorting out the Zeros to Heroes NFL betting idea I like to write about each year and realised that I hadn't published an update following the end of the 2021 season. So, here goes.
The idea behind the Zeros to Heroes wagers goes like this: I back teams to win divisions. However, each team I pick must have (1) finished at the bottom of the division in the previous season and (2) hired a new head coach in the off-season.
Five teams were eligible to bet on using those two prerequisites. All five failed to win top their division.
The Falcons brought in Arthur Smith, but finished third in the NFC South.
The Lions once again finished fourth in the NFC North. They had Dan Campbell in charge.
Going into 2021, the Jaguars lined up Urban Meyer as their new HC. It was a sink or swim decision. Ultimately, it turned out to be the latter. The office ended up firing Meyer after once again finishing in the dungeon of the AFC South. Spoiler alert: The Jags are eligible for a bet to win the division in 2022.
Robert Saleh was unable to improve the position the New York Jets held in the AFC East once again finishing fourth.
The Eagles came the closest out of the five teams I bet on. They closed the 2021 in second place of the NFC East after bringing in Nick Sirianni to replace Doug Pederson.
I'll return tomorrow with a look at the teams I've backed to win their respective divisions in 2022.