With the 4th of July holiday just over a week away, NFL fans are already counting down the days until the preseason begins, which incredibly is just over a month from now. The 2017 NFL preseason schedule officially kicks off Thursday, Aug. 3 from Canton, Ohio, when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game.

Sure, it may be just fairly meaningless exhibition games, but NFL fans don’t care.

Preseason football is better than no football at all, and Las Vegas sports books feel the same way. With the new season on the horizon, already fans are wagering on the win totals for the upcoming campaign. So which teams are expected to win in 2017, and which aren’t?

Patriots boast highest win total

When a team heads into the NFL season with a win total prediction of nine or 10, it is safe to say that NFL experts are predicting that particular squad to make the postseason.

When you are the New England Patriots, 10 wins seems like an off year.

New England will head into mini-camp once again as the Super Bowl favorites, and carry one of the highest over/under in totals as a prop bet in decades. New England’s over/under win total is set at 12.5, meaning that Las Vegas sports books believe that another 13-3 season is possible for Tom Brady and company. When a team is labeled "Super Bowl or bust" every season, the pressure can become overwhelming.

However, that just doesn't seem to happen with the Patriots. While 12.5 is a very high win total, it is hard imagining the Patriots finishing the season under that number.

Right behind the Patriots are the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers with the second highest over/under total set at 10.5. The Dallas Cowboys are ranked the third highest on the win total list at 9.5.

Browns, Jets bottom of the barrel again in 2017?

Will the Cleveland Browns ever make the postseason again?

If you believe that 2017 could be the year than the "over" wager is for you. Cleveland's win total has been set at four. Yes, as in four total wins in 2017. While some sports books have tried to draw interest on Cleveland by raising the number of total wins to 4.5 or 5, it is hard to imagine the Browns winning six games this season.

How about the New York Jets? This could be their year to make the postseason and prove oddsmakers wrong, that is if you believe in the "odd year theory." In 2012 the Jets won six games but bounced back in 2013 to win eight games.

2014 was another down year as the Jets finished 4-12. Then came an odd-numbered year, 2015, and New York finished 10-6. Last year the Jets were a dismal 5-11, but have no fear New Yorkers, 2017 may be the bounce back you are waiting for! The Jets over/under win total is set at five for the upcoming season.

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