Which NFL team does the most to deserve to win the Super Bowl this season? It’s not easy to pick a victor in this year’s competition, as there are several standout performers in each division. With that in mind, here’s a look at the current odds on each team to claim the Lombardi Trophy this coming February.
Best Bet to Win the Super Bowl
The New England Patriots are the clear cut favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. The Patriots are currently favored to win the AFC East and have posted the best record in the NFL. There’s also no question that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are two of the best coaches currently leading a team to victory. Most experts agree that there’s no one else in the league that comes close to matching Brady’s talent as a player or Belichick’s acumen as a coach.
While the Patriots are clearly the class of the NFL, they’re not the only team in town who could claim the Lombardi Trophy. The San Francisco 49ers are a popular choice as well, mainly due to their high level of competition in the NFC West. The 49ers were one of the biggest winners in this year’s NFL draft, landing a class full of potential superstitions in John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. Jimmy Garoppolo was also added to the mix, which should help solidify the front office’s plan of building a championship-level team around his status as the next big thing in the NFL. There’s also the Baltimore Ravens, who added several key pieces to their already dangerous offense in the offseason. The Ravens are also the clear-cut choice among baseball fans, as they have a really good chance of winning the Superbowl this year.
While these teams are a cut above the rest in terms of overall talent, none of them are perfect. The Patriots have the best defense in the AFC and the 49ers have one of the best offenses. Who knows what the other teams have hiding beneath their shiny surfaces? It’s always a crapshoot in the NFL, which is why it’s typically the most exciting part of the season – when you don’t know who’s going to show up to play that day.
The Best Bet to Claim the NFC West
The 49ers didn’t just make an impact in the NFL this year, they also had a huge impact on the betting market. The 49ers are currently the best odds-on favorites to win the NFC West and to claim the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. The 49ers also have the second-best odds of keeping that pick and using it on one of their own players. They’ve got a good reason to be confident in their play this year, as they’ve absolutely dominated their division. With a plus-17 point advantage over the second-place Seahawks and a plus-13 point advantage over the third-place Cardinals, the Niners are well-positioned to make a run at the Super Bowl.
As convincing as their dominant play this year has been, the 49ers aren’t guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Although their division has been weakened a bit by the Rams’ move to Los Angeles, it still boasts some of the best teams in the NFL. The Seahawks and the Cardinals have both made considerable progress over the last couple of years, and continue to be a thorn in the side of the 49ers. Even with their recent success, the Niners aren’t necessarily the best bet to win the NFC West this season.
On the other side of the coin, the Seattle Seahawks are currently the worst bet to win the NFC West. The Seahawks were a major disappointment in 2017, as they finished with the third-worst record in the NFL. Although they did make the postseason as a Wild Card team, they were routed by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 56–20. The Seahawks also have an unfavorable draw in terms of their conference, as they’ll have to play the NFC East this year and the NFC West next year.
The Best Bet to Win the AFC South
Although the Houston Texans posted a record of 7–9 as a team and missed out on the playoffs, it’s worth noting that they had one of the best individual seasons among quarterbacks. With Deshaun Watson leading the way, the Texans posted the third-best offense and third-best passing attack in the NFL. Houston was also the only team in the league to score at least 30 points in every single game this year. With Watson leading the way, there’s no reason to believe that the Texans can’t improve on last year’s performance and make a run at the Super Bowl this year.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Tennessee Titans are the biggest underperformers of 2017, mostly due to their defense. The Titans ranked 28th in terms of defense and 29th in pass efficiency, giving up an average of 24.6 points per game. The Titans did manage to outscore their opponents by 8.4 points per game, which is somewhat rare for a team that played in 10 games. There’s talent on this team, as the Titans made the playoffs as a wild card last year and have several solid passers, including Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. The problem is that their division is fairly weak this year, as the Texans have moved to the other side of the country while the defending champion Patriots haven’t played a game this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The defending champion New England Patriots are currently the best bet to win the AFC South. In 2017, the Patriots posted the second-best offense and second-best passing attack in the NFL. With Tom Brady back at the helm, a lot of the excitement surrounding this year’s AFC playoff race comes from the possibility of seeing Brady lead the team for the 11th time in the Super Bowl. There’s also no question that the Patriots have one of the best defenses in the NFL, which allowed them to post the best record in the league last year. Although the Texans have some promising young QBs, Belichick and Brady are simply the best at what they do.
Which Team Has The Best Odds To Win The Super Bowl?
The NFL has changed a lot since it was first created in 1922. Back then, the forward pass hadn’t been invented yet and players often had to handle the ball. There were also only 16 teams in the league, which meant that everyone played each other often. These days, it’s a whole different story. There are now 32 teams in the league and not even half of them play each other each week. Games are usually much more boring now that there are less upsets, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Teams can still surprise you with a well-executed plan or a brilliant coaching move. It just takes a little bit more effort now.
Based on current odds, here’s a look at the favorites to win the Super Bowl: