The Super Bowl just finished up but we're already searching to fill that football-sized hole in our lives. So we turn our thoughts to next season and look ahead to the early futures odds for Super Bowl LIV in Miami Gardens.
While the final four NFL teams from this year's playoffs occupy the top spots in the odds for next year, there are plenty of dark horses and sleepers that could emerge between now and next February. We analyze some of the best value bets for next year's Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons - 30/1
It seems like a lifetime ago that the Falcons had the Patriots on the ropes with a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI. Ahh, how times have changed, however, the Falcons still have most of that almost Super Bowl winning team intact.
Atlanta is coming off a disappointing 7-9 year but injuries had alot to do with that. Running back Devonta Freeman was lost for the year after just 14 carries, both safeties suffered season-ending injuries as well, and their best linebacker Deion Jones missed 10 games.
Although Matt Ryan's production this year was largely overlooked he still completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 4924 yard and 35 TDs against just seven interceptions. If Ryan keeps airing it out to Julio Jones and promising youngster Calvin Ridley, and the Falcons manage to stay healthy, Atlanta could fly into the Super Bowl again.
Cleveland Browns - 20/1
Browns fans have got to be excited to see this. After years of being a bottom-feeder with the biggest thing to look forward to in the off-season being a top-5 draft pick, Clevelanders can actually go into the season with a sense of optimism.
It looks like Cleveland finally has its franchise quarterback, play-making running back, elite pass rusher and shutdown corner, and now just needs the right pieces around them. They have a few good draft picks coming up, and have plenty of salary cap space to go after some top free agents. If they choose wisely in the draft and sign a top player or two, the rest of the league might be wondering who let the dawgs out.
The Browns might still be a tad too young to bet the farm on, but hey it's the NFL and anything can happen. I mean look at the Eagles last year and the Patriots with some kid named Tom Brady at the helm in 2002.
Indianapolis Colts - 20/1
The Colts were a team that came seemingly out of nowhere to get into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season, and then win in the Wild Card Round. They still have holes on both sides of the ball, but an elite signal-caller in Andrew Luck and the continued improvement of Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard should see them back in the playoffs again next year.
Combine that with the fact that Indy goes into the off-season with more than a $100 million in cap space and this team could be a legitimate title contender with the right signings.
And if you like to bet on coincidences there's another reason to consider the Colts:
Just worth mentioning: All four Super Bowls the Colts franchise has played in — 1968, 1970, 2006 and 2009 — have taken place in Miami, Florida.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) February 4, 2019
Next year’s Super Bowl is in Miami, Florida.
New England Patriots - 7/1
This seems weird, right? How can the defending Super Bowl champions who are among the favorites with 7/1 odds be considered a value pick? Well considering that in the last 18 years the Patriots have made nine Super Bowl appearances with six victories, those odds are pretty damn good. They have won a staggering 33 percent of all Super Bowls since 2002, and we're not going to count them out as long as they have Brady slinging the ball and Belichick scowling on the sidelines.
Here is the complete list of national championship odds per the Superbook at Westgate:
|Teams||Super Bowl LIV Odds (as of Feb. 5, 2019)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||6/1|
|New England Patriots||7/1|
|Los Angeles Rams||8/1|
|New Orleans Saints||8/1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||14/1|
|Green Bay Packers||16/1|
|New York Giants||40/1|
|San Francisco 49ers||50/1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||80/1|
|New York Jets||80/1|