The very telling preseason is set to come to an end tonight. There have been some risers & fallers in the NFL odds. Instead of giving you my case for just one team, here are my updated power rankings.
Seattle Seahawks (+650)
Although they are not the current favorite at Bovada sportsbook, the Seahawks have shown enough this offseason to prove that even though they lost several starters, they are still a very good football team on both sides of the ball. Their running game looks crisp and efficient, and Russell Wilson looks like he is still getting better, which is a scary proposition for the entire league. Their chances of them being the first team to repeat in almost 10 years is are high.
Denver Broncos (+600)
Denver has also shown a lot this preseason, but even though Bovada has them listed as the current favorite in the NFL odds, they have not done enough to earn the top spot in my power rankings. The injury to Wes Welker is a setback but not a death sentence, however unless they have a full stable of skill players at their disposal by the end of the season, it’s going to be hard to win the Super Bowl. Their defense is the one thing keeping them from the top spot, but if they perform to start the year, they might move up.
New England Patriots (+700)
New England hasn’t moved in my preseason power rankings, or their NFL odds to win the Super Bowl. I still see them as the third best team in the NFL right now, but further than that, they have the caliber and experience that breaks any ties. One area that really solidifies them at number three for me is their improved defense. However if they can’t keep a healthy Rob Gronkowski on the field, their chances of getting past both of the above teams are slim.
New Orleans Saints (+1200)
The Saints are the only new team within the top five of my NFL power rankings, as they move in to number four. Ignore for a second that they haven’t lost yet in the preseason and just look at their team. The offense is going to be as powerful as ever, and their defense looks like it might be their best since their Super Bowl year. Jarius Byrd coming in gives them a veteran hard hitter at free safety to go along with young Kenny Vaccaro. I was not as high on the Saints before, but after watching them some this preseason, it’s hard to ignore them as contenders.
Chicago Bears (+2000)
The Bears have moved down in their preseason NFL odds to win the Super Bowl, but not enough to eliminate them from the power rankings. The offense has not been the problem, but it is still concerning that while the pass blocking looked good, Chicago couldn’t run block to save their lives in the preseason. Not only that, but it didn’t look like they could stop the run very easily either. I’m not just talking about against the Hawks either. The Jaguars ran all over them in Week 2, and I those two things aren’t fixed, I may have to remove the Bears all together.