After spending months going over the NFL Odds this offseason, it’s time for me to release my three best values for the Super Bowl futures. Even though I like a few favorites, there is one team outside the top five that could be valuable this postseason.
Denver Broncos (+650)
However we start with the defending AFC champs, and the outright favorite to win the Super Bowl this season, the Broncos. After opening the season as co-favorites, or even the second highest priced favorite behind only the Seahawks, the Broncos’ offseason has moved them back into being favorites in some sportsbooks’ minds. This could be due to several things, but the main one being that after they were really good in 2013, the Broncos might be even better than last season. The Seahawks lost a lot more from their championship roster, where the Broncos seemed to add a little more than they lost. After injuries really hurt them down the stretch, the return of Chris Harris, and the addition of Aquib Talib and T.J. Ward should really improve what was one of the league’s worst secondaries. It might come down to if Peyton Manning can throw the ball like last season, and if that’s the case, Denver will be close to unstoppable in the AFC, and a great Super Bowl value because of it.
San Francisco 49ers (+750)
The 49ers are in somewhat of the same boat as the Broncos this season. They lost in their conference championship like the Broncos, however they won two straight road games last year to get to the championship, and they too may have gotten better this summer. Paying Colin Kaepernick likely isn’t going to lead to a huge surge in production, however there are some projecting that Kaepernick will have a breakout season in 2013. Along with him, the Niners are drenched in talent on the offensive end, and even with the recent injuries they have dealt with to their running back core, this team has leaped the Seahawks this offseason in my eyes. While I doubt the Seahawks will win another 13 games, the Niners are very capable of winning 12 again, and possibly getting the number one overall seed in the NFC. This would add a lot of value to their futures.
Chicago Bears (+1400)
It may come as a surprise to see Chicago on this list, however as +1400 from Bovada, the Bears are ranked just outside the top five NFL Future Odds to win the Super Bowl. However by doing some line shopping, you might even find them as a better value elsewhere. Just about six weeks ago the Bears were getting priced of +2000 or even +3000 a little earlier in the offseason. Chicago has since become on of the heaviest movers in all of the offseason NFL Odds, and it’s because they look like a legitimate contender at all angles. They remade their defense this season, which should go back to being the Bears defense of old. Add that to an already dominant offense, and you have a team that could push to win the NFC North and more this season. The road won’t be easy, and they’ll have to stay a lot healthier than last season, however Chicago was the firepower to surprise some people this season.