With the 2023 NFL season kicking off this week, there are plenty of teams who want to raise their stock or get back to their best this season.
Here’s a look at five teams who have the most to prove ahead of the highly-anticipated new campaign.
After years of speculation, the Aaron Rodgers era at the Green Bay Packers has finally come to an end.
Playing for the Packers from 2005 to 2022, quarterback Rodgers did manage to deliver an NFL Championship title to the franchise, but questions linger on whether Green Bay should have won more during his stay.
Rodgers is now with the New York Jets and Green Bay are starting out on a new path, much like they did when bidding farewell to former stalwart Brett Farve in 2007.
All eyes are on quarterback Jordan Love and how he will step up and fill the void this season at Lambeau Field.
Big things are expected of the 24-year-old and perhaps the schedule can help ease Love into the new campaign, with winnable first road games against the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons.
Green Bay are available at +6000 to win the NFL Championship this season.
Another quarterback with big questions to answer is Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns.
Watson, who has just been named as a captain ahead of the 2023 NFL season, only featured six times for the Browns last term.
Jacoby Brissett did much of the heavy lifting for Cleveland last season, playing in16 games, but only recording 2,608 passing yards.
With Brissett moving on to pastures new with the Washington Commanders, the onus is on Watson to step up and try and realize the potential seen in him.
Having caught the eye with performance at the Houston Texans, there was plenty of excitement about what Watson could achieve in his first season with the Browns.
That campaign was to fall flat, but with a fresh start this season, Watson will be determined to get this Cleveland offense moving in the right direction.
The Browns are +3300 to win the NFL Championship this season.
Another team who saw a flop from their new quarterback last season, the Denver Broncos, have points to prove this year.
After calling time on his spell with the Seattle Seahawks, a change of scene in Denver was supposed to help bring out the best in the experienced Russell Wilson.
However, the 34-year-old struggled the reach the heights he enjoyed during his best years in Seattle and now the pressure is on to turn things around with the Broncos under new head coach Sean Payton.
Denver have looked to provide better tools for Wilson and now it’s time for him to deliver, or potentially see his time with the Broncos brought to an abrupt end.
The Broncos are +4000 to win the NFL Championship this season.
With new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo heading out to Las Vegas, there is growing expectation on what the Raiders might be able to turn into going forward.
The Raiders are out at +8000 to win the NFL Championship this season and it seems to be way too soon to be talking about Vegas as title contenders.
However, the Raiders will be determined to try and win their first AFC West title since 2002, at the end of what was a dominant three-year spell for the team at the turn of the millennium in Oakland.
If Garoppolo can stay fit, which was his issue during his time with the San Francisco 49ers, then the Raiders certainly have the potential to move in the right direction this season.
After an agonizing 31-30 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Chargers will be desperate for a response this year.
Signs have been promising in preseason with wins over the LA Rams and 49ers, but the real business gets underway with a home clash against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 10.
Quarterback Justin Herbert has another season of experience under his belt and he will be looking to kick on in this new campaign.
The Chargers are available at +2500 to win the NFL Championship this season and will be hoping to have learned plenty from the heartbreak of how last season ended in Jacksonville.