With the city of Philadelphia still celebrating a Super Bowl championship that was 52 years in the making, oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next year’s title tilt.
According to online sportsbook Bovada – which released its opening odds in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s supersized shootout – the Eagles are (+900) to win Super Bowl 53.
Only one team in the NFL offers better odds and that’s the New England Patriots (+400), the runners up in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory. But with the Pats securing a Super Bowl berth in three of the last four seasons – and four out of the last seven for that matter – their placement at the top of the table certainly makes sense.
Even so, it won’t be the same Patriots juggernaut football fans have reckoned with during the Belichick/Brady dynasty. Sure, those two will be back in the fold for 2018, but defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has already been hired away as the new head coach in Detroit, while offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is widely expected to take the head coach position in Indianapolis.
Throw in star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s refusal to recommit for next year during the postgame press conference – following a pair of concussions in a single month – and shutdown corner Malcolm Butler’s inexplicable benching, and the Patriots could be a different team altogether going forward.
As for the Eagles, career backup quarterback turned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will almost certainly be traded. With his stock at an all-time high, and starter Carson Wentz recovering well from his season-ending leg injury, the sparkplug who powered three straight postseason wins as an underdog will likely suit up for another squad next year.
Adding to the intrigue, Philadelphia is currently more than $9 million over the salary cap, so roster upheaval is to be expected.
Joining the Eagles as favorites to represent the NFC are the Green Bay Packers (+900), a team which will benefit immensely from the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Pack went 4-1 before Rodgers went down last season, notching impressive wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys before Rodgers’ season was cut short. With a full 16-game schedule to work with, there’s every reason to believe Rodgers’ return will key a renaissance in Green Bay.
From there, the betting board is dominated by NFC contenders, as nine of the top 12 teams per Bovada odds hail from the same conference.
The Minnesota Vikings, who were just one win away from hosting their own Super Bowl, are fourth-best at (+1200).
The Dallas Cowboys, a talented team that took a step back after 2016’s playoff run, could be a bargain at (+1800).
The same can be said for a trio of playoff participants from this season, as the L.A. Rams, the New Orleans Saints, and the Atlanta Falcons can also be backed at (+1800).
In the surprise department, the San Francisco 49ers moved from (+10000) in last year’s post-Super Bowl odds to (+1800) this time around. The addition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo transformed the Niners from a 1-10 doormat into a powerhouse, with San Francisco closing the year on a five-game winning streak.
And speaking of last year’s odds, the Eagles were tabbed as (+5000) longshots this time last year. Bettors looking for a longshot at the same price have the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Giants, Lions, Titans, and Redskins to choose from.
Check below for a full lineup of all 32 teams along with their initial odds to win Super Bowl 53:
|Team||SB Odds on 2/5/18|
|New England Patriots||+400|
|Green Bay Packers||+900|
|New Orleans Saints||+1800|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+2800|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+5000|
|New York Giants||+5000|
|New York Jets||+6600|