We don't waste time here at SBR. It's time to run over the list of top contenders for next season's Lombardi Trophy winner. Is your team in the mix?
For reference, you can find all of the NFL odds mentioned below over at Bovada.
Right now the three favorites in the NFL odds to win next year's Super Bowl are the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. The Broncos and 49ers are tied at the top at +700, with the Patriots at +750.
You can't fault oddsmakers for putting Denver up there after what Peyton Manning brought to the franchise this past season. He showed absolutely no ill effects from neck surgery and ended up as the runner-up for the MVP award.
What's scary is the Broncos should only get better and better. That defense, led by Von Miller, is still young, while Manning will continue to build up his chemistry with his very talented receiving corps. The rest of the AFC West is in trouble.
As for the 49ers, they'll be hurting for a while, but they're still a lot of reasons to be hopeful going forward. They've found a true gem in Colin Kaepernick, who didn't disappoint whatsoever on the biggest possible stage this past weekend. Armed with an electrifying QB, a defense chalk full of playmakers and a great head coach, San Francisco will be right there at the top once again.
As always, you can never count out Tom Brady and the Patriots. They're always in the mix for a Super Bowl berth, but they're going to have to get through the likes of the Broncos and Ravens to get there.
Chasing The Pack
The next group of four includes the Green Bay Packers (+1000), Baltimore Ravens (+1200), Seattle Seahawks (+1200) and Houston Texans (+1200).
Of those, you'd have to say the Packers are looking quite intriguing at that kind of value. Aaron Rodgers is as good as it gets and you know he's going to be leading Green Bay to another successful season.
Something special was in the cards for the Ravens and they fully deserved their championship, but as you can see oddmakers don't love their chances of making a repeat appearance. Joe Flacco has proven to be one of the best playoff quarterbacks of all-time – can he lead the Baltimore Ravens to another improbable run next season?
We've then got the Seahawks, another interesting team worth tracking. Russell Wilson exploded onto the scene and showed he's got more than enough moxie to get it done come postseason time. That defense and home-field advantage is no joke either.
Finally, the Texans. They've got one of the best running backs in the NFL and a top-tier receiver too, while J.J. Watt immediately transformed that defense into a powerhouse unit. However, it's hard to have too much faith in a guy like Matt Schaub when you've got so many other quarterbacks who are simply much more talented.
Other Intriguing Options
The Atlanta Falcons made a good run this past year and Matt Ryan finally broke his playoff curse. You can back the Falcons at +1800 to win it all next season.
You may also want to consider the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1800), New Orleans Saints (+1800) and New York Giants (+2000) with our NFL picks. All three are led by experienced QBs who have all won at least one Super Bowl before.For a bit of fun, you could also take the Washington Redskins at +3000 or the Indianapolis Colts at +3300. We were treated to some outstanding quarterback play from rookies Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, and it's scary to think how good they can become in the future. That is, if RGIII can make a full recovery.