So what, Super Bowl 51 hasn’t kicked off yet…NFL football fans and betting enthusiasts everywhere already have their eyes on the prize as far as the 2017 season is concerned.
Ray Lewis pointed this out…
Next year is Super Bowl 52.
He wore #52.
He'll be for HOF induction.
— Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) January 27, 2017
If you’re thinking about next season and which teams are offering the most value as far as their futures odds to win Super Bowl 52 are concerned, then you’re going to love the expert analysis that you’re about to get on each and every team in the league.
Now, let’s get started.
The Very Early Super Bowl 52 Odds & Analysis
- New England 6/1
Whether you love the Patriots or hate them like your worst enemy, the fact of the matter is that the Pats should probably be favored to win the Super Bowl each year seeing as how they’ve sustained their excellence better than any team in league history. As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in New England, then the Pats should be favored, even if I don’t like writing it.
- Atlanta 10/1
The Falcons have had a phenomenal campaign this season and they’ll be mostly intact in 2017, but my guess is that Atlanta won’t win the competitive NFC South and could struggle with the proverbial bullseye on their collective backs.
- Green Bay Packers 12/1
The Packers have reached the playoffs in eight straight seasons and they’ll likely do so again next season, but unless they improve a defense that has been clearly lacking the last few seasons, it’s kind of hard seeing the Packers hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy any time soon.
- Seattle Seahawks 12/1
The Seahawks have reached the divisional round every year Russell Wilson has been the starting quarterback and next season looks and have 21 of their 22 starters coming back next season. If Seattle can improve their offensive line, find a quality cornerback to pair with Richard Sherman – and get the damn ball to Jimmy Graham more next season, they look like a great pick to win Super Bowl 52.
- Denver Broncos 16/1
The Broncos will have a different look after hiring Vance Jackson to replace the retired Gary Kubiak, but they still have plenty of talent and an elite defense and if one of their young quarterbacks take a big step forward next season, the Broncos could not only reach the playoffs, but they could surprise in a big way.
- Kansas City Chiefs 18/1
The Chiefs have one of the league’s best defenses, but they clearly need to upgrade an offensive attack that often reminds me of watching paint dry. If the Chiefs can get a little more vertical with their passing attack, they could reach new heights next season, but that’s a big if with the cautious Alex Smith at quarterback.
- Arizona Cardinals 20/1
The Cardinals took a big step backwards this season, but they could rebound in a big way – if Carson Palmer can turn back the hands of time and the Cardinals can get bit younger on both sides of the ball.
- Baltimore Ravens 20/1
The Ravens had a respectable 8-8 season and nearly won the AFC North, so they’re not that far away from contending despite missing the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. Baltimore clearly needs an upgrade at running back and wide receiver.
- Carolina Panthers 20/1
The Panthers fell completely apart one year after reaching Super Bowl 50, but Carolina could get right back to being a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season – if they upgrade an offensive line and secondary that was clearly lacking this season.
- Indianapolis Colts 20/1
The Colts are making big changes this offseason after parting ways with GM Ryan Grigson and could get back to looking like a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season – or they could flounder again if they fail to find some competent offensive linemen to protect franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
- Minnesota Vikings 20/1
The Vikings have one of the best defenses in the league and they could challenge for a berth in Super Bowl 52 – if Teddy Bridgewater comes back better than ever – and the Vikes address their offensive line woes and hire a new offensive coordinator to pick up where former coordinator Norv Turner left off.
- New York Giants 20/1
The Giants had a good run to the postseason this year and could go even further next season – if they improve a rushing attack and offensive line that were both completely mediocre in 2016.
- Oakland Raiders 20/1
At 20-1, the Raiders are definitely offering great value for a tem that is clearly heading in the right direction now under no-nonsense head coach Jack Del Rio. If the Raiders can improve a defense that was underwhelming at best, they could fulfill all of their vast potential as early as next season.
- Miami Dolphins 30/1
The Dolphins had a fantastic 10-6 campaign in head coach Adam Gase’s first season in South Beach and they could surprise again next season – if they upgrade their mediocre offensive line and secondary first and foremost.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30/1
The Bucs clearly ‘got it right’ by drafting quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and now have the look of team on the rise after winning nine games in head coach Dirk Koetter’s first season. If the Buccaneers can add some more talent at the skill positions and upgrade a defense that was basically average at best, they could surprise in 2017.
- Cincinnati Bengals 40/1
The Bengals fell off a lot in 2016 after five straight playoff appearances and they just don’t get the respect they deserve. Still, I think Andy Dalton and company could find themselves back in the playoffs next season – if they improve a defense that looked mostly old and slow this season and get Dalton a little more help at the skill positions.
- Houston Texans 40/1
The Texans have reached the playoffs every year under head coach Bill O’Brien, but they won’t next season – unless they part ways with the utterly mediocre Brock Osweiler.
- Philadelphia Eagles 40/1
The Eagles found their franchise quarterback in the clearly gifted Carson Wentz, but the Birds won’t get where they want to go in the near future unless they can actually find someone to catch the damn ball.
- Tennessee Titans 40/1
The Titans were on the verge of winning the AFC South – until gifted quarterback Marcus Mariota went down with a broken leg late in the regular season. Still, I like the direction Tennessee is heading in and I believe they could reach the playoffs next season – if they upgrade a defense that was sorely lacking in 2016.
- Washington Redskins 40/1
The Redskins have an explosive offense and plenty of talent at the skill positions, but they also need to hire new defensive coordinator to help improve a defense that was mediocre at best in 2016.
- Buffalo Bills 60/1
The Buffalo Bills made a smart move by firing Rex Ryan and hiring Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, but have question marks at quarterback as reports say they’ll likely part ways with starter Tyrod Taylor this offseason. Save your betting bucks on the Bills, they’re not going anywhere next season.
- Detroit Lions 60/1
The Lions reached the postseason to fulfill my preseason prediction that they would, but unless they improve their pitiful defense and improve a rushing attack that was mostly laughable, they’re just not going to challenge for anything outside of a division title – if that!
- Jacksonville Jaguars 60/1
The Jaguars fired pitiful head coach Gus Bradley, but then they went out and hired another coach whose middle name should be ‘Mediocre’ in veteran Doug Marrone. The Jags haven’t had winning season since 20007 and I don’t expect them to have one next season either in the improving AFC South.
- New Orleans Saints 60/1
Everyone know that the Saints have an explosive offense and a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees. Now, if only they can improve a defense that has been severely lacking ever since they won the Super Bowl a few years back, they could not only reach the postseason in 2017, but they could surprise.
- Los Angeles Chargers 60/1
The Chargers also have an explosive offense and a gun-slinging veteran quarterback in veteran Philip Rivers, but they also need to upgrade a defense that gave up points this season like they were going out of style. The good news is that the Bolts may have made the best head coach hire of all in nabbing former Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn, a guy that everyone generally seems to agree, apparently has stardom written all over him.
- Chicago Bears 100/1
I’ve always like head coach John Fox, but he’s fighting a losing battle in the Windy City.
Not only have the Bears missed the playoffs in nine of the last 10 years, but Chicago’s foolish management likely won’t help Fox field a winning team any time soon. The good news though is that it’s a virtual lock that underachieving quarterback Jay Cutler is finally through in Chicago.
- New York Jets 100/1
I know the Jets took a big step backwards this season, but I think the Jets have a winner in head coach Todd Bowles. Now, if only they can fix their mess of a situation at quarterback.
- Los Angeles Rams 100/1
The Rams finally parted ways with perplexing head coach Jeff Fisher, but they may have overreached in hiring 30-year-old Scott McVay as the youngest head coach in league history. The good news is that McVay has a bright offensive mind and will likely help get the most out of No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff after he sat on the bench for the majority of his rookie season.
- Cleveland Browns 300/1
I really like head coach Hue Jackson, but the fact of the matter is that the Browns are virtually bereft of talent at nearly every position on both sides of the ball. You’ll have a better chance of getting struck by lightning – twice – than seeing the Browns win a Super Bowl any time this decade.
- San Francisco 49ers 300/1
The Niners are in all-out rebuilding mode and need a new head coach and GM, not to mention a new quarterback and complete overhaul their overly generous defense.