Having cemented their legacy as the National Football League’s most dynamic dynasty, courtesy of a truly momentous 25-point comeback in Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots are favored to add yet another title to their trophy case next season.
So says the Bovada sportsbook, which just released its first set of futures betting odds on Super Bowl 52.
Per the Bovada bookmakers, the Pats – coming off their second Super Bowl win in three years, and fifth in the Belichick/Brady era – are at just +400 to become the first team to repeat since … the Pats (2003 & 2004).
Being listed as championship favorites is familiar for New England, which entered the 2016 regular season at +600 to top the table.
As for the Atlanta Falcons, who suffered perhaps the most painful collapse in recent memory to lose their grip on the Lombardi Trophy, Bovada has grouped them with the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at +1200.
All three teams have elite quarterbacks who led playoff runs this year, and their rosters are expected to remain largely intact, so it’s no surprise to see this trio held in such high esteem.
This year’s Cinderella story was told by the Dallas Cowboys, but next season they won’t be sneaking up on anyone. With quarterback Dak Prescott entering his second season, Bovada has the ‘Boys at +750 – or second only to the defending champs.
Another triad of talented teams with recent postseason experience, the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks, are next up at +1600.
Interestingly enough, in this era of perpetual parity, more than half of the league – 16 teams to be exact – is relegated to longshot status at +5000 or worse. Those may seem like terrible odds assigned to terrible teams, and they are by and large, but the NFL is known for the sudden emergence of upstarts.
Remember, the Falcons – who held a 28-3 lead in the second half of the Super Bowl – were listed as +7500 longshots during preseason play this year. And those Cowboys offered juicy +5000 odds before storming out to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s top seed.
With those teams providing a template, bettors should be studying fringe contenders on the rise like the Miami Dolphins (+5000) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+5000).
Alternatively, previous playoff powers who hit a speed bump last season, like the Baltimore Ravens (+5000) and Cincinnati Bengals (+5000), have the potential to become next year’s Super Bowl surprise.
And if you’re a gambler who likes to go for the gusto, the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers are bringing up the rear at +10000.
Below you’ll find a full table listing every NFL team’s early odds to win Super Bowl 52:
|Team||SB Odds on 2/7|
|New England Patriots||+400|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+2500|
|New York Giants||+2500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+5000|
|New Orleans Saints||+5000|
|New York Jets||+10000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+10000|