Everybody knows about the perennial favorites to win the Super Bowl, led by the New England Patriots at +600 (bet $100 to win $600) and the Green Bay Packers at +850 via online sportsbook Bovada. But what about some of the other teams further down the betting board that might offer some value to win Super Bowl LI in 2017?
Picking a team with a solid quarterback is a must because rarely does a no-name signal-caller end up winning the big game. That’s why New England with Tom Brady and Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers always seem to top the list. Between them, Brady (four) and Rodgers (one) have won five Super Bowl titles, although you might think the latter would have more by the way the media has built him up the past few years.
Regardless, there are more than a few teams that have above average quarterbacks on their roster who are capable of winning the Super Bowl. The New York Giants have Eli Manning, and he already has won two rings head-to-head against Brady. The Giants are listed at +2200 to win the NFL title this season with a new head coach in Ben McAdoo, who previously served as Manning’s offensive coordinator from 2014-15. McAdoo replaces Tom Coughlin after he helped the team win its last two Super Bowls.
Joe Flacco is another quarterback who has previously won the Vince Lombardi Trophy with the Baltimore Ravens, although he is coming off a season-ending knee injury a year ago. Flacco could be in line for Comeback Player of the Year honors though if he can rebound and get the Ravens back to the Super Bowl. Baltimore is +4000 and has to deal with two other potential playoff teams in the AFC North – the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1200) and Cincinnati Bengals (+2000) – who both made the postseason last year.
The Kansas City Chiefs are another intriguing team that could rise and win the AFC West following the retirement of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs are led by Alex Smith and will have running back Jamaal Charles back in the mix after he suffered a torn ACL one month into the season. Kansas City still made the playoffs without him and is +2800 to win the Super Bowl this year.
The Broncos are +1800 to repeat as Super Bowl champions and seem to be one of the most overrated teams heading into the season because they do not know who their starting quarterback will be with Manning out of football. Either veteran Mark Sanchez, rookie Paxton Lynch or last year’s third-stringer Trevor Siemian will start the league’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl rematch on September 8.
Another questionable Super Bowl contender is the Dallas Cowboys, also at +1800, especially since quarterback Tony Romo has not played a full season since 2012. Granted, the Cowboys could be good if Romo can stay on the field and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott proves to be the real deal. But there are too many unknowns for Denver and Dallas, and their odds are simply too low to make them worth betting on.