Super Bowl Futures
The labor situation may be up in the air, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on next season’s NFL football betting opportunities. With the draft inching closer, let’s examine the current 2011 Super Bowl futures.
The defending-champion Green Bay Packers are tied with the New England Patriots at the top of the list, as both teams have 7/1 Super Bowl odds. Green Bay looks poised for several years of dominance. The Packers have a young franchise quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, and they managed to win a title last season despite suffering tons of injuries on both sides of the ball. If Green Bay can win a Super Bowl when it is ravaged by injuries, how good will it be if it stays relatively healthy?
The Patriots, meanwhile, looked like the best team in the NFL before melting down in the postseason. New England has some holes, most notably at wide receiver. The Pats couldn’t stretch the field in their playoff loss to the Jets, but that problem will be rectified on the draft. The Patriots have two first-round picks, two seconds, two thirds, and a fourth, fifth, and sixth. The rich will get richer on draft day.
The AFC Champion Steelers are next in line with 11/1 odds to win a championship. Pittsburgh remains loaded with talent, but if it can’t find some ways to improve the offensive line it’s hard to imagine quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lasting a full season.
The San Diego Chargers are right behind Pittsburgh at 12/1. It’s the same old story in San Diego; the team is one of the NFL’s most talented, but can it deliver on its potential and win in the postseason? Horrid special teams and injuries on offense plagued the Chargers last season, and that’s something that can be fixed in 2011—but putting your trust in the Chargers after so many failures is risky.
There’s a cluster of teams tied with 14/1 Super Bowl odds: the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets. Both the Ravens and Jets have a Packers-like feel to them—young, talented teams ready to break through. The Colts and Saints, meanwhile, are aging teams who could be headed in either direction.
It’s never too early.
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