It doesn’t seem so long ago that the Philadelphia Eagles were marching up and down the field in Super Bowl 52, scoring in bunches during a 41-33 shootout over the New England Patriots.
And it really hasn’t been, as just six months have elapsed since the Birds claimed their first Super Bowl title in team history. But with the arrival of the NFL preseason, football fans worldwide are gearing up for the 2018 regular season.
As part of those preparations, fans who like to enjoy a little action on the side are taking their first peek at odds to win Super Bowl 53 – and online sportsbook Bovada has them covered in spades.
Per the most recent round of lines on all 32 contenders for the NFL crown, a rematch of last year’s thriller could be in the cards.
The Patriots occupy their familiar perch atop the league’s landscape, offering a (+650) price on quarterback Tom Brady to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for a record-setting sixth time. Brady nearly did the deed last February, marching the Pats back from the brink to toss a fourth-quarter touchdown that put New England up 33-32.
But with star corner Malcolm Butler inexplicably benched by head coach Bill Belichick, Brady could only watch helplessly as backup-turned-MVP Nick Foles led the Eagles on a comeback drive for the ages.
As for those Eagles, the bookmakers at Bovada have them at (+850) to repeat as Super Bowl champions. And with former starter Carson Wentz returning from his season-ending ACL injury, along with Foles back as the best backup in football, Philadelphia appears primed for another successful season.
The only other team offering 10 to 1 or better are the Los Angeles Rams (+1000).
A surprise playoff contender last season, the Rams put the league on notice with an impressive 11-5 run en route to the NFC West title. Playoff jitters doomed Los Angeles last time around, but with signal caller Jared Goff emerging as an elite quarterback, and a ferocious defense led by Aaron Donald and the newly acquired Ndamukong Suh, these new-look Rams have officially joined the NFL’s top tier.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings both used 13-3 seasons to win their respective divisions – and both won at least one postseason game – so their placement near the top at (+1200) is no surprise.
But seeing the Green Bay Packers at the same (+1200) price point may surprise some bettors. After all, the Pack floundered last year with a disappointing 7-9 season, and their roster didn’t exactly improve during the offseason – aside from the return of Aaron Rodgers, that is.
After leading the team to a 4-1 start, Rodgers went down in Week 6 and the Packers never recovered. Still, a 7-9 finish with the likes of Todd Hundley and Joe Callahan under center gives bookmakers the impression that a healthy Rodgers can spark an immediate revival.
And if you’re into schadenfreude, the Cleveland Browns retooled enough in the offseason to transform from 0-16 to (+7500) on a Super Bowl title. Those are still enormously long odds, of course, but a winless Browns squad now has a better shot to win it all than seven other teams.
|Team||Odds to Win Super Bowl 53
|New England Patriots||+650|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1000|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|New Orleans Saints||+1600|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+2200|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+3000|
|New York Giants||+5000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+7500|
|New York Jets||+20000|