Between 2016 and 2017 seasons, the NFL has seen the meteoric rise of some teams continue, but not be reflected in the odds. Taking a closer look, there are a handful of teams of teams to strongly consider betting on not called Patriots (who sit at 9/2, to get that out of the way).
Here are our favorite teams to win the Superbowl this year:
• Oakland Raiders – 18/1
• Atlanta Falcons – 14/1
• New York Giants 25/1
• New Orleans Saints 40/1
The Oakland Raiders (18/1)
Let’s start in Oakland, who has been climbing up the League at a rate like no other. With Derek Carr at the helm, he only gets closer and closer to Elite status every year. He’s thrown for 3900 yards in the past two seasons, with his biggest improvement coming through he shrinking interception numbers (from 13 to 6). He’ll now be handing off to ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch, coming out of retirement to help Carr and young stud wide receiver Amari Cooper put points.
Add to that, their defense is led by Kahlil Mack who is closing in on title of Best Defender in the NFL. They also filled multiple holes by drafting college stars Gareon Conley to lock down the cornerback position, and draft steal Obi Melifonwu to play safety across from second year Karl Joseph.
at 18/1, the Raiders are our favorite team to uproot Tom Brady’s Patriots.
The Atlanta Falcons (14/1)
Then there’s the Atlanta Falcons, who (unpopular opinion) really blew it in the Superbowl last year. But, the biggest takeaway from that game is that it was obvious they should have won. Having dominated their way through teams like Seattle (10/1 this year) and Green Bay (also 10/1), nothing was stopping them from winning the Lombardi Trophy outside of themselves. Now hardened from the experience, there’s no reason the Dirty birds shouldn’t repeat in the NFC on the MVP arm of Matt Ryan, throwing for 4900 yards and 38 Touchdowns last season.
It doesn’t hurt throwing to an incredible athlete like Julio Jones either, who has proven to be literally uncoverable.
They now are combining Vic Beasley’s league leading sacks with rookie Defensive End Takk McKinley, because there’s nothing the Falcons hate more than a standing quarterback. It’s also important to note Desmond Trufant will be returning from injury, giving their defensive unit a more well-rounded look.
The New York Giants (25/1)
Perennial underperformers in the Odell Beckham Jr. era are the New York Giants, who looked poised to make a run before dropping the ball against The Packers in the Playoffs. Adding more talent on offense with big bodied receiver Brandon Marshall is something Eli Manning has needed. They also drafted hyper athletic tight end Evan Engram, who will create mismatches all over the field.
Odell Beckham could also make a real impression this season, being one of the few ‘pretty boy’ athletes who makes a point of proving doubters wrong.
The Giants defense should only get more solid this season, as all of their purchases and draft picks who performed well continue to settle into the team. Our way-too-early prediction for Defensive MVP this upcoming season is Giants safety, Landon Collins.
The New Orleans Saints (40/1)
And finally, a dark horse pick, The New Orleans Saints. Now they may be a tough sell, as they were unable to rise above the weak NFC South. But at 40/1 and led by a consistent MVP candidate in Drew Brees who has become synonymous with the 5000 yard passing season, they’re worth considering taking a shot on.
First off, it’s rare that a team can improve by losing a player. But the departure of Brandin Cooks opens up targets for second-year receiver Michael Thomas, who is set to build on his stellar first season. It also must be noted that Drew Brees will be handing the ball off to former MVP Adrian Peterson. We here think it’s a perfect situation for “All Day” when you consider the tread his tires now lack. He joins former Heisman winner Mark Ingram and draft steal Alvin Kamara. While many feel that backfield is too crowded, it’s hard to turn down talent.
Their defense now is now bolstered by top rookie Cornerback Marcus Lattimore. They also added solid middle linebacker Manti Te’o from the former San Diego squad. Both valuable additions to the teams already dangerous pass rush.
Its only fair that the Patriots are listed at the top of the table, but as a betting man, its important to know the odds don’t paint the whole picture in the NFL.