With Super Bowl 50 in the books, if you are reading this column, you’re probably a football junkie and are depressed that the season is now officially over. But seriously you should already know the conversation never really ends. Honestly why should it.
Vegas has already started plotting the favorites for next year’s Super Bowl. Here are all 32 teams odds for repping their team in Super Bowl 51.
Carolina Panthers +$1,000 (10 to 1)
New England Patriots +$1,000 (10 to 1)
Pittsburgh Steelers +$1,000 (10 to 1)
Seattle Seahawks +$1,000 (10 to 1)
Green Bay Packers +$1,200 (12 to 1)
Arizona Cardinals +$1,500 (15 to 1)
Cincinnati Bengals +$1,800 (18 to 1)
Dallas Cowboys +$2,000 (20 to 1)
Denver Broncos +$2,000 (20 to 1)
Indianapolis Colts +$2,500 (25 to 1)
Kansas City Chiefs +$2,500 (25 to 1)
Minnesota Vikings +$2,500 (25 to 1)
Baltimore Ravens +$4,000 (40 to 1)
Buffalo Bills +$4,000 (40 to 1)
Houston Texans +$4,000 (40 to 1)
New York Giants +$4,000 (40 to 1)
New York Jets +$4,000 (40 to 1)
Atlanta Falcons +$5,000 (50 to 1)
Chicago Bears +$5,000 (50 to 1)
Detroit Lions +$5,000 (50 to 1)
New Orleans Saints +$5,000 (50 to 1)
Washington Redskins +$5,000 (50 to 1)
Jacksonville Jaguars +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Los Angeles Rams +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Miami Dolphins +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Oakland Raiders +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Philadelphia Eagles +$6,000 (60 to 1)
San Diego Chargers +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +$6,000 (60 to 1)
Tennessee Titans +$6,000 (60 to 1)
San Francisco 49ers +$7,500 (75 to 1)
Cleveland Browns +$20,000 (200 to 1)
Now truly I can honestly give a shit about the team’s residing at the bottom of this list. We know that the Cleveland Browns are a absolutely travesty and have about as good shot at winning a Super Bowl as I have a shot at having sex with Sofia Vergara (Google her). The Niners are going to be in rebuilding mode with Chip Kelly now at the helm.
That’s a shit show unto itself
There are lots of narratives and pork on this list to chew on and garner interesting offseason conversation.
The New England Patriots being right at or around the top of the list is not in the least surprising. Brady and Belichick are still breathing. They’re virtually guaranteed a seat at least in the AFC Title game every season.
They deserve to be there.
Carolina at 10-1 being at the top shouldn’t be surprising either. Cam Newton has already established himself despite losing Super Bowl 50 as one of the five best quarterbacks (yes I said it) in the game today and that’s something I’m sure when we open the 2016 season will be highly debated when I put out my annual Top 10 Quarterback rankings in August. His top target WR Kelvin Benjamin will be back and healthy and should bolster an already solid offense that was ranked #1 football in 2015. Carolina should definitely be in the conversation even playing in a tough NFC.
The Seahawks aren’t much a surprise even with Marshawn Lynch retiring being around the top of the list. Russell Wilson is elite. I don’t care what anyone else says who may dare try to counter that fact. The ‘Hawks defense is still absolute kick-ass and while this team does have work in retaining in upwards of 17 potential free agents, their front office is just as solid as anyone’s in the league today and trusting on those merits alone shouldn’t chance any perception.
I’d like to add that I absolutely LOVE the Pittsburgh Steelers at 10-1. As many injuries as that team accumulated in 2015 they were a fumble by their 4th string running back away from the AFC title game. If they have all their chips back in place come January 2017, they are going to be a problem for the rest of the AFC.
Personally the Dallas Cowboys at 20-1 is way too generous. I say that knowing that all this season I said everyone as awry as things fell for Jerry Jones and the boys with catastrophic injuries especially to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for a great chunk of the season. Can Romo hold up injury free? That’s a major question.
I also think the New York Jets are just a tad too low. Despite not making the playoffs they overachieved at 10-6 and judging what we just saw in the Broncos amazing defensive performance in the Super Bowl and most of the season its not too hard to imagine at the very least the Jets could at least make some noise in the postseason should they get in come 2017 in a pretty weak AFC that after you get past the Patriots and Bengals.
You might ask why I didn’t mention the Denver Broncos. Well, we don’t know who’s playing quarterback next season and the reality is while their defense did carry them to a title, odds are they will not duplicate this again without some adequate quarterback play. Im already assuming Peyton Manning will retire, and we’re not even sure whether Brock Osweiler, who in my opinion saved their season in Manning’s absence and should’ve been the starter throughout the playoffs (I stand by that), will even return to the team. Broncos at 20-1 maybe high but you might get great value if you bet it early and they somehow fall into a very good quarterback situation.
Let the 2016 NFL offseason begin.