If it’s true that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prefers parity over powerhouses, he’ll like the look of current futures betting odds on Super Bowl 53.
As the league’s 32 teams prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft, online sportsbook Bovada lists 13 of them at 25 to 1 or better to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, no team in football offers worse than 100 to 1 on a Super Bowl win.
Contrast that with the NBA – which opened only 12 of its 30 teams at 100 to 1 or better – and parity is certainly in the air as the Draft approaches.
Even so, the two top teams on the Bovada betting board are no strangers to the biggest game of the year.
The New England Patriots (+600) lead the way, followed by the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles (+850) – a fitting result after last February’s unforgettable 41-33 fireworks display gave Philly its first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Both teams return largely intact, and while the Belichick/Brady dynasty may be on its last crusade, the Pats’ easier path through the AFC gives them the linemaker’s lean.
A pair of surprise playoff contenders from last year, the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams, are both priced at (+900). Minnesota nearly made their way to the big game, falling just short in an NFC Championship blowout, while a Cinderella season for L.A. was cut short in the Wild Card round.
The Vikings made a big move at quarterback, signing Kirk Cousins to a mega-deal and letting last year’s hero Case Keenum walk. Whether that gamble pays off remains to be seen, but the books seem to think Minnesota will return with a more consistent and capable offense going forward.
As for L.A., the Rams improved an already impressive defense by signing run-stopping beast Ndamukong Suh, and trading for elite cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. With a youthful core still in place, the Rams are clearly all-in on a Super Bowl run after last season’s surprisingly strong play.
Two teams going in different directions – the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers – can both be backed for (+1200).
Pittsburgh still has all the pieces in place, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one year older, while star running back Le’Veon Bell is still stinging from yet another franchise tag designation. Given last year’s thrashing by the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars (+2200) in the Divisional Round, and Pittsburgh’s title window could be on the verge of closing soon.
That window was flung open in San Francisco late last year, when newly acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made his first start for a 1-10 team. Fast forward five games – and five impressive wins – later, and “Jimmy G” has 49ers fans and bookmakers alike thinking about a sixth Super Bowl victory by the bay.
For folks looking for a dark horse candidate, the Jaguars (+2200) and the Atlanta Falcons (+2200) both bring talented, hungry rosters into the 2018 campaign.
To find out where your favorite team stands on the Super Bowl 53 betting board, check below for the full list of lines, as currently found on Bovada:
Super Bowl 53 Odds
|Team||Super Bowl Odds on 4/17|
|New England Patriots||+600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+900|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1200|
|Green Bay Packers||+1400|
|New Orleans Saints||+2000|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+3300|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+3300|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+5000|
|New York Giants||+5000|
|New York Jets||+10000|