Last week Las Vegas released a new set of odds for each NFL team to win the Super Bowl, prompting degenerates all over the world to start debating the bets they liked best going into 2014. We did a piece on the 10 best value bets to win it all, teams who are 40-1 or worse, but if everything went right, could take home the ultimate prize.
Does every single team have a chance to be the top dog? Probably not, but at least the NFL is much better in that department than a league like the NBA. You can easily make a case for half the teams to win the Super Bowl, but in the NBA, before the year starts, it’s a stretch to see more than five teams winning the championship.
So, the editors at cover32 gathered to assemble this week’s Power Rankings, rating each NFL team from one to 32 based on their chances of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Glendale next year. An important distinction to keep in mind is these are not traditional Power Rankings, as we did those two weeks ago.
For example, a team like the St. Louis Rams is going to be higher in that format, because they’re a pretty solid squad. On this list, though, they won’t be ranked as well because their chances just aren’t that great. Playing in a division like the NFC West hinders their shot at even making the playoffs, let alone being the lone survivor at the end of year.
With that in mind, here are today’s results based solely on odds to win the Super Bowl.
1. Seattle Seahawks (Vegas odds: 6.5-1) - Even though they’re (barely) not the favorites, how can you not like Seattle’s chances of repeating? The Seahawks locked down several key members of the defense with long-term deals this offseason and are a team with supreme confidence heading into 2014.
2. San Francisco 49ers (Vegas odds: 8.5-1) - If two plays go differently the last two years, the Niners could be defending back-to-back champions right now. It feels like this season might be the one Kap, Harbaugh and Co. finally break through — bringing a title back to the Bay Area.
3. Denver Broncos (Vegas odds: 6-1) - Yes, the Super Bowl was an utter disaster, but there’s a compelling case to be made the Broncos simply had a bad day. With a re-loaded defense, Peyton Manning back for another year and a chip on their shoulder, there’s a reason Denver’s the favorite in Vegas.
4. New England Patriots (Vegas odds: 10-1) - They’ve been so close so many times the last several years, it wouldn’t shock anyone if this is the season New England ends up back on top. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have to win one more before it’s all said and done, right?
5. New Orleans Saints (Vegas odds: 18-1) - The key for the Saints is going to be getting the No. 1 seed in the NFC and making sure the playoffs go through the Superdome. If that happens, they’re as good a pick as anyone to be victorious in Arizona and bring another title to The Big Easy.
6. Green Bay Packers (Vegas odds: 14-1) - The Packers nearly knocked off the Niners in the playoffs a season ago, and if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get hurt in the regular season, they get a better seed in the NFC and avoid that match-up altogether. Translation: If Rodgers plays all of 2014, they’re not a bad bet to win it all.
7. Indianapolis Colts (Vegas odds: 25-1) - Andrew Luck was able to win a playoff game a season ago and the next step is for him to lead the Colts on a deep postseason run. Luck might only be entering his third season, but 25-1 seems like good odds for the team of a surefire future star.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (Vegas odds: 32-1) - Big Ben’s already won two, so he knows how to get it done in January and February. Wouldn’t it be fitting for the Steelers to get their third title in the last nine years when no one’s really talking about them anymore? This is a great value.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (Vegas odds: 30-1) - Nick Foles is the best quarterback in the NFL that might not be a household name just yet. If he and Chip Kelly can continue to lead the Eagles to big time success on offense, the defense might have just enough for this not to be that crazy.
10. Chicago Bears (Vegas odds: 25-1) - Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are both ready to prove they can win in the postseason, while Alshon Jeffery could be the next Calvin Johnson. If the Bears can get hot at the right time next year, they can absolutely be Super Bowl champions.
11. Atlanta Falcons (Vegas odds: 52-1) - This might seem a bit high, but a healthy Falcons team was a play or two away from going to the big game the season before last. Don’t sleep on Atlanta’s trio of stars in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White — it’s not too hard to envision them hoisting the trophy.
12. Arizona Cardinals (Vegas odds: 50-1) - If they can steal a game in San Francisco or Seattle and bump one of those two down in the NFC West standings, the Cardinals are a major sleeper. Plus, if they made it to the Super Bowl, it’d be a home game — the first in NFL history.
13. New York Giants (Vegas odds: 40-1) - The Giants, much like the Steelers, could absolutely come out of nowhere and win their third title in recent history. You have to think both Eli Manning and Victor Cruz have bounce back years in them, priming New York for one more run at the ultimate prize.
14. Dallas Cowboys (Vegas odds: 48-1) – With all the Tony Romo jokes and punch lines, it’s easy to forget the QB is actually really good. Dallas has found so many crazy ways to lose over the last handful of years, maybe 2014 is finally the season it all comes together for America’s (old?) team.
15. Carolina Panthers (Vegas odds: 40-1) - The Seahawks won a title with an elite defense a season ago, so why can’t the Panthers do it as well? Cam Newton might be a better QB than Russell Wilson, DeAngelo Williams is a very good running back and Riverboat Ron loves to silence his doubters.
16. San Diego Chargers (Vegas odds: 50-1) - The Chargers are similar to the Cowboys in the sense chance after chance has passed them by over the years, but the window still might not be closed. Philip Rivers has been rejuvenated by Mike McCoy and there are a lot of reasons to like San Diego.