Anything can happen this coming season, each of the 32 franchises in the National Football League are equally capable to create a momentum and pave their way to the post season and eventually play for the championship title. Unfortunately, that isn’t entirely true.
Based on the future odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII, previous stats, new player acquisitions, betting predictions and fan expectations, not every team is equal, which leads us to the next question…What teams own the best and worst chances to win Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey?
Let’s find out, starting with the top 3 teams with the best odds and then the top 3 underdogs according to the latest NFL odds provided by Sportsbettingonline.ag.
Top 3 Favorites to Win Super Bowl XLVIII:
No. 1: Denver Broncos: +400 (4-to-1)
Five weeks before the 2013 season officially kicks off, the Denver Broncos command the list of favorite teams with 4-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. After a surprising 13-3 record achieved last season, including an eleven-game winning streak, the Broncos are expected to avenge the double overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens suffered during the Divisional Round, and claim their first Super Bowl since the John Elway era.
No. 2: San Francisco 49ers: +500 (5-to-1)
After falling short against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, the defending NFC Champions are in great position to win Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014. In fact, the Niners recently surpassed the New England Patriots in the list of top favorite teams, moving from 7-1 to 5-1 to take it all in February.
No. 3: New England Patriots: +600 (6-to-1)
Over the past few weeks, pro football bettors and team supporters were wondering just what sort of impact the Aaron Hernandez situation would have on the New England Patriots odds for the coming season. Usually, the the loss of a single skill player doesn’t affect the team odds, but in this particular case, it did. While other factors were also at play, oddsmakers adjusted New England’s odds to win the 2013 title just hours after Hernandez was released by the team and charged with murder, which marks the first time since 2003 that the Pats are not a top-two favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Top 3 Underdogs:
No. 1: Oakland Raiders: +15000 (150-to-1)
Oakland had a horrible performance last season, going 4-12 and failing to improve the 8-8 record achieved the past season. The record secured their tenth consecutive non-winning season and the tenth consecutive elimination from postseason contention. In addition, the team didn’t draft or signed any players that could help the team to bounce back and make an immediate impact this season. For oddmakers and betting standards, that’s far from being a good signal. Expect Oakland’s odds to improve during the coming weeks, but for now, the +15000 put the Raiders (and Jaguars) as the biggest underdog entering this season.
No. 2: Jacksonville Jaguars: +15000 (150-to-1)
It seems that a new General Manager, head coach, offensive coordinator, and uniforms are not enough to improve Jacksonville’s odds to win the coming Super Bowl. The Jaguars, who ended last season with a 2-14 record, including a 1–7 record at home (the lowest in team history), are listed at 150-1 to win the Super Bowl, which is tied for last with Oakland for the worst Odds in the NFL.
No.3: Buffalo Bills: +10000 (100-to-1)
We are all expecting another dismal campaign from the Bills. Buffalo is considered a long shot to win the Lombardi Trophy, listed at 10-to-1 to win their first league championship title since the AFL–NFL merger took effect in 1970.