As the calendar still reads July, the NFL draft has come and gone, as has free agency and the NFL offseason is very much underway. Teams have already begun OTA’s which means training camps are all gearing up for what is sure to be yet another compelling regular season filled with drama and cinderella stories (see last year’s Dallas Cowboys).
It’s really never too early to start prognosticating NFL teams and forecasting into this year’s Super bowl LII in Minnesota. Our odds below are current as of August 8th from Sportingbet. New Canadian customers at Sportingbet can collect a $150 cash match deposit bonus and take part in a great betting loyalty program as well. Visit Sportingbet
New England Patriots (5.00): There’s no surprise here as the reigning Super bowl champions are once again favoured to successfully defend its title, and the scary thing is, they’ve gotten considerably better. Tom Brady is still going strong even at age 39, and the tutelage under head coach Bill Belichick continues to pay dividends for the most winning franchise over the last decade and a half. They’re bringing back essentially all of the same key pieces and to make matters worse for the rest of the league, they landed explosive playmaker and deep threat Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints in free agency. There’s little doubt that barring injury this team will cruise to a ninth consecutive AFC East crown.
Dallas Cowboys (10.00): There wasn’t a more surprising team last year than the Dallas Cowboys as they compiled a very impressive 13-3 regular season and once again made a playoff run that was spoiled by none other than Aaron Rodgers and a remarkable second half in the Divisional championships. The Cowboys are led on offense by last year’s super rookies QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott, and play behind the best offensive line in the league. Veterans Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are solid in the passing game and should once again help power one of the top offenses in the league. The area of concern may be on the defensive side of the ball as injuries and the offseason has seen some key players’ departure. America’s team should contend for a second straight division crown.
Seattle Seahawks (11.00): Seattle have largely been considered the class of the NFC for nearly five years now and have two Super bowl appearances and one championship to show for it. There’s no doubt that Russell Wilson is the franchise quarterback of the present and future and their defense is flat out nasty. Loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball and led by head coach Pete Carroll the Hawks should find themselves in good shape for the playoffs come winter time.
Green Bay Packers (11.00): The Packers are tied with Seattle and narrowly trail Dallas for top spot in the NFC and most of that is due to all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two time league MVP led the NFL in touchdowns last year for the first time in his career and at age 33 is still very much in his prime. Rodgers showed the world last year just how dominating he can be as he virtually willed his team to win out the second half of the season and pushed his team into the NFC Championship game. Arguably the best quarterback in the league right now but did the team do enough to address that offensive line that was ravaged by injury last year? The division is getting better and this team has to tighten up on the defensive side of the ball.
Pittsburgh Steelers (12.00): An 11-5 record a year ago saw the Steelers run away with the AFC North only to be chopped down in the Championship game to the Patriots 36-17. Big Ben has been flirting with retirement however is back for another year under center and WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell are among the best in the league at their respective positions. This is a very talented team that will bring it every week. Another division crown is realistic however this team will eventually have to go through Foxboro to contend for what would be a seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy
Atlanta Falcons (15.00): There’s no doubt it’s been one heck of a long offseason for the Atlanta Falcons who probably thought they had their first ever Super bowl victory in the books after an impressive 21-3 first half against the Patriots only to see it disappear in overtime. Matt Ryan looked to have finally shaken the stigma that he was unable to win the big game and Ryan did well last year to prove his critics wrong by tossing 36 touchdowns to just seven interceptions and narrowly missing out on a 5000 yard season. It’s tough to pin the loss on the 32-year old gunslinger as the defense got shredded in the second half. This is still a good team after finishing 11-5 last year and Julio Jones is still the best wideout in the league. The departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan may leave a void. It’ll be interesting to see how they come out of the gate.