Odds to Win Super Bowl XLIX
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|San Francisco 49ers||7-to-1|
|New England Patriots||8-to-1|
|Green Bay Packers||18-to-1|
|New Orleans Saints||25-to-1|
|San Diego Chargers||30-to-1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||35-to-1|
|New York Giants||45-to-1|
|St. Louis Rams||55-to-1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||65-to-1|
|New York Jets||65-to-1|
We’re not even three weeks removed from the Seahawks dominant Super Bowl victory, but it’s not too early to look ahead to next fall. The pre-free agency, pre-draft Super Bowl odds are out, and here’s a look at some of our favorite bets…
Although the dates won't be announced until April, opponents are set:
AFC East plays AFC West and NFC North
AFC North plays AFC South and NFC South
AFC South plays AFC North and NFC East
AFC West plays AFC East and NFC West
NFC East plays NFC West and AFC South
NFC North plays NFC South and AFC East
NFC South plays NFC North and AFC North
NFC West plays NFC East and AFC West
HOUSTON TEXANS (35/1): The Texans were the trendy Super Bowl pick last season, but wound up with the worst record in the NFL due to some untimely mistakes and a slew of bad luck. Losing two of its four best players in ILB Brian Cushing and RB Arian Foster for the majority of the season didn't help, and the usually mistake-free QB Matt Schaub threw too many costly interceptions that dug his team into a deep hole. But there is still plenty of talent on this club with WR Andre Johnson still among the top-five receivers in the game and DL J.J. Watt considered by some to be the best defensive player on the planet. New head coach Bill O'Brien should work wonders with this offense, and the team will likely draft a quarterback with their top pick to learn O'Brien's complicated system. Add in Houston's last-place schedule that shapes up to be the third-easiest in the NFL, and you have a team that could win a dozen games and earn that valuable bye in the postseason. At 35-to-1 odds, the Texans represent the best value on the board.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (18/1): Even with star QB Aaron Rodgers missing nearly half of the 2013 season, and WR Randall Cobb and OLB Clay Matthews absent for a combined 15 games, the Packers were still able to win their division. With all three players entering this season completely healthy, Green Bay will once again be the team to beat in the NFC North. RB Eddie Lacy had a monster rookie season with 1,178 rushing yards and 11 TD, and he finally gives the offense some legitimate balance. The defense needs to improve in all areas though, after ranking among the bottom-10 teams in the NFL in scoring defense (26.8 PPG allowed), total defense (372 YPG allowed), passing defense (247 YPG allowed) and rushing defense (125 YPG allowed) last season. The two key free agents they really to sign are DL B.J. Raji and CB Sam Shields, but even if both defenders land elsewhere, the Packers still have excellent value at this 18-to-1 price tag.
DENVER BRONCOS (15/2): The Broncos are the favorites to repeat their AFC Championship, and they will be loaded once again, especially on offense. The team could lose WR Eric Decker to free agency, but still has plenty of tremendous pass catchers on the roster. Denver struggled in the area of rushing the passer in 2013 (41 sacks, T-13th in NFL), but the healthy return of OLB Von Miller could get that sack total back to the league-high-tying 52 the club tallied in 2012. QB Peyton Manning will turn 38 next month, but after throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 TD during the regular season, he still has plenty left in his tank. At 15-to-2, these odds are favorable enough to drop a small wager on Manning earning his second ring.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7/1): This 49ers team has reached the NFC Championship for three straight seasons, compiling a 36-11-1 (77%) record in the regular season under Jim Harbaugh. With top WR Michael Crabtree healthy to start this season and QB Colin Kaepernick now with a full year of NFL experience to fall back on, the offense has a great chance to improve upon its mere 324 total YPG (24th in NFL). The defense will remain an elite NFL unit, even with star LB NaVorro Bowman out for at least half the season after suffering a major knee injury in the playoffs. The schedule won't be easy facing what should be an improved NFC East and an AFC West division that sent three teams to the playoffs in 2013, but if anybody can dethrone the champion Seahawks this year, the 49ers are the team to do it.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (25/1): The Colts have made the playoffs in each of Andrew Luck's first two NFL seasons, and beat the three best teams in the NFL last year, topping both Super Bowl participants (Seattle and Denver) at home, while destroying the NFC runner-up 49ers by a 27-7 score in San Francisco. For the 2014 campaign, Indy has the league's softest schedule to allow them to reach a third straight postseason. The healthy return of WR Reggie Wayne and the improvement of RB Trent Richardson after a dreadful season will keep this offense rolling. Indianapolis will have to upgrade its offensive line, especially on the interior, but the defense has made great strides, allowing just 21.0 PPG last season (9th-best in NFL) compared to 24.2 PPG allowed (21st in NFL) in 2012. With the AFC lacking in elite teams, the Colts have the ability to make a lot of noise, and they represent a strong wager at 25-to-1 odds.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (50/1): The Panthers are certainly a team on the rise, winning 11 of their final 12 regular-season games last season to earn a bye in the NFC. Although they were upended by the 49ers in the playoffs, this is still a team with all the ingredients to win a championship. QB Cam Newton has improved his passer rating in each of the past two seasons, and at age 25, he remains one of the brightest offensive stars in the entire league. Not only can Newton run the football, but RBs DeAngelo Williams and a healthy Jonathan Stewart comprise a strong duo of ball carriers able to chew up the clock. Carolina also has a nasty defense that ranked second in the NFL in both scoring defense (15.1 PPG allowed) and total defense (301 YPG allowed) last year. The big free agents to watch in the offseason are DE Greg Hardy, who has 26 sacks over the past two seasons, and OT Jordan Gross. But no matter what happens with these linemen, 25-to-1 odds are hard to ignore for a relatively young team coming off a 12-win season.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (50/1): The best longshot value on the board has to be the Dolphins, who were in a great position to earn a playoff berth last season before the whole bullying mess with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin helped put a monkey wrench in the team's chances. Although they had some bad losses in 2013, remember that this club beat four AFC playoff teams last year (Colts, Bengals, Chargers and Patriots), so the potential for greatness exists. QB Ryan Tannehill can be an above-average quarterback in this league with WR Mike Wallace stretching the defense, and 22-year-old RB Lamar Miller has the ability to be a Pro Bowl-caliber running back. With an improved secondary led by CB Brent Grimes, and pair of stud pass rushers in DEs Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon (combined 20 sacks last year), Miami has the talent to knock New England from its AFC East perch to gain an advantageous playoff position.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (100/1): With the NFC North expected to be wide open again, the Vikings are an intriguing longshot pick for 2013. This team still has the best running back on the planet in Adrian Peterson and an ultra-talented receiver in WR Cordarrelle Patterson who scored a touchdown in each of his final five games of his rookie campaign. The quarterback play can only get better after the three-headed monster of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman threw more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (18) last season. The schedule is extremely favorable, with just two road contests versus 2013 playoff teams (Green Bay and New Orleans) and 11 dome games for ideal weather conditions. New head coach Mike Zimmer will certainly improve this defense that ranked 31st against the pass last year (287 YPG allowed), and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will get this offense on the right track once the team figures out who its quarterback will be. The potential loss of DE Jared Allen (128.5 career sacks) will be significant, but at the triple-digit price tag, go ahead a drop a one-unit wager on this Minnesota team that is just one year removed from a playoff berth.
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