The 2021 NFL season has been a really mixed bag, with some of the favorites for the Super Bowl crown starting slow before coming good down the stretch and other favorites fading badly as the playoffs loomed on the horizon.
Here we take aim at those franchises that have gone above and beyond their lowly pre-season expectations, to delight fans with victories that were as surprising as they were welcome.
One of these franchises could go all the way to the Super Bowl and stun the world in the process
No one was doubting the Bengals for selecting Joe Burrow in the draft, but there were plenty of doubts among betting tipsters and NFL pundits about whether Cinci would be able to provide adequate protection for one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. The wheels appeared to be coming off their wagon in Oct and Nov when they dropped a disappointing loss to the hopeless Jets, as well as taking a hammering at the hands of the Browns, with sports bettors who use the likes of Caesars sportsbook free bets actively backing against the Bengals to make the playoffs. However, things have turned around in a big way since then, culminating in Burrow throwing for an incredible 525 yards against the stunned the Ravens. Those same bettors who abandoned the Bengals earlier in the season are now lumping on them to go all the way to the Super Bowl.
It was doom and gloom at the Sun Life Stadium at the beginning of this NFL campaign as the Dolphins got off to just about the worst start imaginable. Since then, they have propelled themselves into the playoff picture with a record seven game winning streak. It is hard to understand how the same team that lost 35-0 to the Bills is now as good as it is, and credit needs to go to Brian Flores and his coaching staff.
Dolphins fans and cheerleaders have had plenty to smile about during the second half of the regular season
The Cowboys went 6-10 last season in what turned out to be a damp squib of a campaign. They have managed to turn all that around in 2021 and at the time of writing had just drilled 56 points past Washington. Dak Prescott is finally beginning to look like the MVP candidate his fans always knew he was, and it seems as though the sky is now the limit for this exciting football team.