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17. Detroit Lions (Vegas odds: 40-1) – Maybe a change at the head coaching position was what the Lions needed to take the next step. Jim Caldwell didn’t have a ton of playoff success in Indy, but he’s a coach who knows how to win football games. This roster is full of talented players.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (Vegas odds: 32-1) - The oddsmakers like this one more than we do, as the Bengals have done absolutely nothing to inspire confidence in the playoffs over the last three years. With A.J. McCarron looking over Andy Dalton’s shoulder now, things might not go well in Cincy this season.

19. Miami Dolphins (Vegas odds: 50-1) - If absolutely everything went right for the Dolphins, with a new GM and hopefully a new locker room culture, they could make a run at a title. Problem is, Ryan Tannehill is going to have to take a major step forward, something we’re not convinced will happen.

20. Houston Texans (Vegas odds: 60-1) - The Texans are an intriguing pick, as J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney should be one of the top defensive duos in the league. Also, let’s not forget Houston was nearly the No. 1 seed in the AFC in 2012 before a late season collapse. Still, a ton of questions at QB remain and probably doom this team.

21. St. Louis Rams (Vegas odds: 50-1) - As mentioned in the intro, they’re ranked here because even making the playoffs is going to be a very difficult task. The Rams’ most likely chance would be to finish third in the NFC West, snag a No. 6 seed, and go on a playoff run for the ages on the back of emerging star Robert Quinn.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (Vegas odds: 50-1) - Fresh off an all-time playoff collapse and a brutal offseason that saw their roster get gouged, it’s easy to be down on the Chiefs going into 2014. Andy Reid has a ton of experience as a playoff coach, but we don’t envision Kansas City playing postseason football this year.

23. Baltimore Ravens (Vegas odds: 40-1) – Things just feel different for Baltimore, a team that has already lost so much from their Super Bowl team of 2012. Unless vintage Ray Lewis and Ed Reed walk through that door, our faith in Baltimore (and ultimately Joe Flacco) isn’t very high.

24. New York Jets (Vegas odds: 70-1) - They made our list of top-10 value bets, and if everything goes right they could be a player for a title in 2014, but it all seems like too much of a stretch. Both Michael Vick (sorry, Geno) and Chris Johnson will need to play like their Pro Bowl selves of many years ago.

25. Cleveland Browns (Vegas odds: 70-1) – He’s been the talk of the offseason recently; wouldn’t it be fitting for Johnny Football to make Browns football relevant again with a crazy run to an AFC North title? We’re not betting on it, but with that guy you never truly know. It’d certainly be fun to cover.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Vegas odds: 75-1) - The Bucs quietly got a ton better over the last few months, and Lovie Smith has a plethora of playoff coaching experience, but Tampa Bay winning it all is tough to truly see. Unless Josh McCown proves he should’ve been an All-Pro over the years, it’s not happening.

27. Buffalo Bills (Vegas odds: 75-1) - We’re officially in highly-unlikely-it’s-going-to-happen territory, but with all the tough luck the Bills have had recently, maybe they’ll catch a break? We think fans would be happy with a .500 year, as a deep playoff run would shatter all expectations.

28. Washington Redskins (Vegas odds: 55-1) - Hmm. These are odds are strange, as maybe Vegas is hoping to suck people in on betting that Robert Griffin III plays at his Baylor / 2012 level again? We don’t think it’s going to happen and would stay far, far away from touching this bet.

29. Oakland Raiders (Vegas odds: 155-1) – The Raiders, just like the Bucs, actually got a lot better over the last three months without a lot of people noticing. While they won’t win the Super Bowl in 2014, we don’t doubt they’ll be a much improved football team.

30. Tennessee Titans (Vegas odds: 90-1) - The Titans won’t come up one yard short this year, they’ll likely come up more like five wins short of a playoff berth. Ken Whisenhunt might succeed eventually in Tennessee, but this year it’s not going to happen. 900-1 seems like it’d be totally safe for the bookies as well.

31. Minnesota Vikings (Vegas odds: 120-1) - Unless Adrian Peterson rushes for 2,500 yards (not happening), the Vikings aren’t going to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl. It’s a full-fledged re-build going on in Minnesota, and maybe when the city hosts the game in 2018, they’ll be closer to winning it.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Vegas odds: 250-1) - There’s no doubt they had a really good draft and Gus Bradley has his team trending in the right direction — but there’s a reason Jacksonville is the biggest long-shot to win the Super Bowl. We don’t agree with Vegas on all that much, but this assessment is spot on.


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  1. I wouldn’t give these odds any credence as the Vikings just seem to have been picked by the media this year as being worse than Jacksonville ,Tennessee, New York, Tampa Bay, et al. Those teams haven’t done much the last two years but at least the Vikings made the ’12 playoffs, kind of. Now, this is a better, stronger , more athletic team with better talent who won’t get pushed around on the line this year like last. It is unbelievable the Vikings are at the bottom of the Vegas odds for this season, seemingly disregarding without acknowledgement the addition of Zimmer, Turner, Bridgewater, Barr, Crichton Joseph, Wooton, Brinkley, Munnerlyn, Exum, and of course A.D. and Patterson who are poised to dominate the league in rushing and receiving, respectively. Who is more elusive and speedy with the ball than Patterson? And A.D. The Vikings will surprise everybody again this season like in ’12 but with the great difference being that this team will have substance, strength, better depth, top coaching and play calling , an influx of what looks like could be future elite talent in plenty of the draft picks, and a heart.

  2. This is a better team by far just by releasing Cook. He was constantly targeted because every team we played knew he had the league’s highest opposing QB comp.% rate against him. I’d like to know who the football genius is that thought he was a starter for three miserable years. Most team mgt. would have had him outta there way before all the losses piled up, to which he had a big part in, by mid-season. Zimmer and Turner will not let these mismatched players hang around anymore. If Cook didn’t have it together with all the talk of his “athleticism”, than it stands to reason he didn’t have his heart in it. The Vikings have been truly disrespected this year (again) with no acknowledgment of all the roster additions of Crichton, Wooton, Yankey, Joseph, Munnerlyn, Barr, Bridgewater, Exum, McKinnon, Zimmer , Turner, and Patterson and A,D, who are poised to break out and lead the league in receiving and rushing, respectively. And lets not forget ’12′s Pro Bowl MVP Rudolph. The Vikings have enough elite talent, maybe just enough, mixed with what Zimmer and Turner can do to mold all the others into a cohesive team.I like it when the Vikings can sneak up on people in the season, virtually unnoticed and way off the radar. It’s a great advantage and fate, just as it was fate ,I feel, that Bridgewater started as the #1 pick for QB and slid because of a sequence of events ( see missing glove) so the Vikings could get him. It was so meant to be. VIKINGS!

  3. Seahawkrocks

    As long as Seattle has Russell Wilson, they are my favorite. I just adore him. I hope he notices me here when the time is right.

  4. gary blanco

    Kapernick in the superbowl threw to Crabtree in the final seconds, failed the completion and repeated the same performance in the nfc.west with the same results. when interviewed Kap made the comment he had Crabtree one on one and would take that play every time. forget that he blew both passes, its his read on the situation. He had time to make three more plays if he wasnt intercepted but he says he would take that play every time- he dosnt learn and then theres his ball turnover… no I think the Niners will be further down on the list

  5. @ robb……. you’re delusional if you think the Vikings win more than 7 games this year and that’s being generous. @ gary…….. I agree wholeheartedly with your take on Kapernick. I think he shows himself for the Tebow he is this year. Of all these teams listed I think the Bears are the furthest rank from their 2014-15 potential given the pickups in the offseason and the offense they showed last year ( Had that defense been able to get off the field once in a while) they are easily switching spots with Green Bay at the least Rodgers or no Rodgers

  6. @harry I didn’t realize the bears were the only team that signed free agents and drafted guys. Try to remember the still have cutler as qb, who is prone to bone head mistakes. (I think he is the third best at his position in the division) they did appear to get better on their d line, but still weak at 2 spots in lb core (not talking about Briggs) didn’t address safety (m d Jennings will make chris conte look like a pro bowler) and you’re getting older at cb.

  7. I’d give Detroit a 1-1 chance they don’t even make the playoffs. 40-1 chance to win the SB !?!??! Should be 400,000,000-1. SOL:::: Same Ole Lions. Sucksucksuck.