Odds to Win Super Bowl LI
(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.com)
|New England Patriots||15-to-2|
|Green Bay Packers||17-to-2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||23-to-1|
|New York Giants||30-to-1|
|New York Jets||60-to-1|
|New Orleans Saints||60-to-1|
|Los Angeles Rams||65-to-1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||80-to-1|
|San Diego Chargers||80-to-1|
|San Francisco 49ers||100-to-1|
The Super Bowl odds are out, and here’s a look at some of our favorite bets…
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: The genius of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady is their ability to change the gameplan week-to-week, anticipating their opponents’ approach and praying upon their weaknesses. Up the middle, running back LeGarrette Blount will bully his way between the tackles against weak defensive fronts. In passing situations, the Patriots run a spread offense. Brady, suspended till Week 5, is a master at finding and exploiting mismatches, whether it’s tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett deep over the middle, wide receiver Julian Edelman’s option routes from the slot or running backs Dion Lewis and James White getting to the perimeter. With defensive end Chandler Jones traded away, Jabaal Sheard and Rob Ninkovich need to pick up the slack in the pass rush. Linebacker Jamie Collins is an athletic, do-everything monster, while cornerback Malcolm Butler and safety Devin McCourty anchor a solid secondary that needs to create more turnovers. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo should be able to win his three home games while Brady is out. Brady will be back in time for marquee matchups against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Denver, and the Pats should dominate the AFC East for the eighth-straight season. From there they have a better chance than anybody to go ahead and win yet another Super Bowl.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Seattle has one of the worst offensive lines in football, but enough skill-position talent to overcome it. A spread passing attack, installed midway through the season, allowed quarterback Russell Wilson to tally 2,146 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his last eight games, with the team averaging 32.0 points per game in that time. Wilson frequently found wide receiver Doug Baldwin wide open working out of the slot, and wideout Tyler Lockett is primed for a breakout year as a big-play threat. The running game didn’t miss a beat with running back Thomas Rawls replacing now-retired Marshawn Lynch. Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary helped hold opponents to 210.0 passing yards per game (2nd in the NFL), while the Seattle defense allowed a league-best 82.0 yards per game rushing. The loss of outside linebacker Bruce Irvin leaves some pass-rushing slack to be picked up, perhaps by second-year defensive end Frank Clark. Starting slow again is not an option for the 2016 Seahawks, as their Week 6 bye precedes matchups with Arizona (twice), New England, Carolina and Green Bay. Seattle has the best defense in the NFC, and their offense will be very difficult to stop, so, as long as the Seahawks don’t start poorly, this will be a team that nobody wants to face in the postseason.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: In his first season with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, quarterback Derek Carr had a breakout year. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is on the verge of becoming an unstoppable weapon, while veteran wideout Michael Crabtree is thriving in his role as a possession target. Slot receiver Seth Roberts and/or tight end Clive Walford could see an increased role. Running back Latavius Murray is atop a thin rushing depth chart, with a young offensive line that could be one of the league’s best. Defensive end Khalil Mack has become a game-changing edge rusher, and newly-acquired outside linebacker Bruce Irvin is an explosive complement. The free agent signings of free saftey Reggie Nelson and cornerback Seth Smith sure up an improving secondary, and second-year inside linebacker Ben Heeney is potentially an upgrade up the middle. Oakland is a trendy pick to finish over .500 for the first time since 2002. Carr and Cooper seem destined to become an unstoppable combo for years to come, and the defense should be above average, at the very least. The Raiders don’t play a road game against a .500-or-better team until Week 14, and they have the talent to overtake Denver and Kansas City in the AFC West. They’re a good pick to win the Super Bowl as well, as this team could be brimming with confidence once the postseason begins. An injury to Derek Carr would, however, derail all the hopes this team has.
NEW YORK JETS: In offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s spread offense, newly-acquired running back Matt Forte and veteran backup Bilal Powell will run stretch plays and play major roles in the passing game. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off a career year, with Gailey making the most of his mediocre throwing skills. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker form one of the NFL’s best pass-catching tandems, and tight end Jace Amaro could be in line for a breakout year in New York. After giving up just 83.0 rushing yards per game last season (2nd in NFL), the Jets need newly-acquired defensive tackle Steve McLendon to fill the gigantic shoes of departed nose tackle Damon Harrison. Cornerback Darrelle Revis was exposed as no-longer-elite late last season, and defensive backs Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams and Dee Milliner are poor options opposite the former star. Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson must continue to dominate up front for the defense to hold up. If this team can put it together defensively then it just might shock a lot of people this season. The offense was coming on strong towards the end of the year and continuity should only help that unit. There is, however, a lot of room for error, and this team could also find itself picking inside the top 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft.