After watching New England overcome the four-game suspension of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to win Super Bowl 51 with a historic comeback for the ages, it’s no wonder the perennially-powerful Patriots have been installed as the prohibitive favorites to repeat as league champs in 2017.
Now, with the upcoming 2017 regular season drawing closer by the day, NFL football betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know if someone…hell, anyone…can stop the Pats from winning back-to-back Vince Lombardi trophies.
Odds & Picks To Win Super Bowl LII
Odds as of July 26.
|TEAM||OPENING ODDS||CURRENT ODDS|
|New England Patriots||6-1||5-2|
|Green Bay Packers||12-1||12-1|
|New York Giants||25-1||20-1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||20-1||30-1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||40-1||30-1|
|New Orleans Saints||80-1||50-1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||80-1||60-1|
|Los Angeles Rams||100-1||80-1|
|New York Jets||100-1||200-1|
|San Francisco 49ers||300-1||200-1|
The Favorite Pick To Win Super Bowl LII: New England 5/1
It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard Patriots fan that lives for every Tom Brady TD pass or you hate the Pats with every fiber in your being. The fact of the matter is that there are reasons why New England is favored to win this coming season’s Super Bowl title.
Maybe it’s the fact that Tom Brady is going to go down as arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Maybe it’s because head coach Bill Belichick is similarly going to be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, head coach of all-time.
The Pats could be favored to win Super Bowl 52 because they finished third in scoring a year ago (27.6 ppg) and first in points allowed (15.6 ppg) or maybe it’s because they made a series of smart offseason moves that actually improved their roster. Whichever reason you like best, it looks like it’s going to take a Herculean effort to stop the Patriots from winning consecutive Super Bowls.
The Smart Pick To Win: Seattle 12/1
I know the Seahawks aren’t quite as dominating as they were a few seasons ago when they won Super Bowl 48 and narrowly lost Super Bowl 49, but right now, I don’t see many reasons why Seattle won’t be one of the very best contenders to win Super Bowl 52 this coming season.
Yes, the Seahawks need to improve an offense that ranked a modest 18th in scoring, and uninspiring 25th in rushing, but I believe they addressed their needs on that side of the ball by signing power running back Eddie Lacy in free agency and will have a healthier Thomas Rawls in 2017.
As far as defense is concerned, Seattle isn’t very far off their ‘Legion of Boom’ heyday, seeing as how they finished the 2016season ranked seventh in total defense, eighth against the pass, seventh against the run and a stellar third in points allowed (18.2 ppg).
With their outstanding defense leading the way and an improved, time-eating rushing attack that is reminiscent of the days when Marshawn Lynch was at his ‘Beast Mode’ best, I’m expecting the Seahawks to get back to being the best team in the NFC in 2017 at the very least. A Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots will simply be gravy on top of what I’m expecting to be a fantastic 2017 season in the Great Northwest.
The Long Shot Pick: Houston Texans 40/1
Maybe it’s me, but instead of looking at the Houston Texans’ failures the last three seasons, I find it absolutely incredible that head coach Bill O’Brien has been able to get his team to record three straight 9-7 records – with virtually no competent play out of the quarterback position.
Now, with either veteran Tom Savage – or for me – ‘super-gifted’ rookie Deshaun Watson – under center, I believe the sky‘s the limit for Houston heading into the 2017 regular season. Houston has a solid rushing attack with Lamar Miller as the starter and powerful rookie D’Onta Freeman coming on board and they’ll be very good on defense again despite losing three starters in free agency.
Superstar defensive end J.J. Watt returns to a unit that ranked first overall last season and I expect him to team up with Jadeveon Clowney to from arguably the most fearsome duo of defensive ends in the league. Yes, the Texans are a longshot, but their defense is so good, they’ll have a legitimate chance to beat just about anyone in a one-game setting.