Even though it doesn’t feel like it outside, summer is winding down.
We are a few weeks away from those three beautiful words, “NFL Week One.”
The season begins with one of the oldest rivalries in football with the Green Bay Packers will go against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football on September 5th.
Here are the current odds for the winner of Super Bowl 54 according to R.J. White with Sportsline:
SUPER BOWL LIV BETTING ODDS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – 6/1
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 6/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 10/1
LOS ANGELES RAMS – 10/1
CHICAGO BEARS – 14/1
GREEN BAY PACKERS -14/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – 14/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – 14/1
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 16/1
CLEVELAND BROWNS – 20/1
PITTSBURGH STEELERS – 20/1
DALLAS COWBOYS – 20/1
MINNESOTA VIKINGS – 25/1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – 30/1
ATLANTA FALCONS – 40/1
BALTIMORE RAVENS – 40/1
CAROLINA PANTHERS – 40/1
HOUSTON TEXANS -40/1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – 40/1
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – 50/1
OAKLAND RAIDERS – 60/1
DENVER BRONCOS – 80/1
BUFFALO BILLS – 100/1
CINCINNATI BENGALS – 100/1
DETROIT LIONS – 100/1
NEW YORK GIANTS – 100/1
NEW YORK JETS – 100/1
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – 100/1
TENNESSEE TITANS – 100/1
WASHINGTON REDSKINS – 100/1
ARIZONA CARDINALS – 200/1
MIAMI DOLPHINS – 500/1
Last year’s NFC and AFC championship participants deservedly sit in the top four.
The Saints and Chiefs could have very well been in the Super Bowl if it weren’t for some unfortunate events.
If you want to feel comfortable with your bets, go for those top teams.
Longer Shots That Could Be Worth a Bet
There are some mid-range teams worth your attention. If you like to live more dangerously for the big payout, here are some organizations to look at:
Los Angeles Chargers
Phillips Rivers got the monkey off his back and won a playoff game.
Unfortunately, because they share a division with the Chiefs, their 12-4 record only got them second in the AFC West, resulting in a trip to the buzzsaw known as New England and lost to the Patriots.
The Chargers boast an incredibly potent offense.
The news of Melvin Gordon requesting a trade could potentially hurt but Los Angeles still has a strong receiving core of Kennen Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin.
Last year, the Chargers’ 26.8 points per game was good enough for sixth.
They have a strong defense as well, led by Joey Bosa, they ranked eighth last year in points per game with 20.6.
They are a well-balanced team that now have the confidence knowing they win in the playoffs.
With the dissolving of The Legion of Boom and rumors of internal conflicting, the Seahawks weren’t expected to be successful in 2018.
Russell Wilson proved last year he is one of the best quarterback throwing for 3,448, 35 TD, which was tied with Matt Ryan for the most in the NFC, and only 7 INT, earning him a generous 4 year/$78 million contract.
Oh, and he’s still with Ciara.
Their offense ranked tied for sixth with 26.8 points per game last year and now have a massive target in D.K. Metcalf.
Their defense may no longer have a fancy name, but they still got the job done. They were the fourth-best in the NFC in points per game.
The biggest hurdle in their division is the Los Angeles Ram.
Neither of their losses was lopsided; they lost by 2 and 5. This team has the chance to compete in that division and a weaker NFC.
The Texans we’re the hottest team in the last 3/4 of the season.
After their week three loss to Giants on September 23rd, it would 77 days until their next loss against on December 9th against the Colts.
The Texans won 11 of the last 13 games and captured an AFC South title.
DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the league, and Deshaun Watson has proven to be an efficient quarterback, along with their defensive front of Watt, Clowney, Joseph, and Reader.
The defense gave up the least amount of yards per rush with 3.4, and the team has the potential to make some noise in the playoffs.
Teams To Think About
I’m always hesitant to put my money on the hot pick, and the Browns had one of the hottest free agent offseasons in team history.
Baker Mayfield has some shiny new toys to play with, chiefly the reunion of LSU Tigers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, but that doesn’t mean you can pencil them into the championship.
Cleveland still plays in a tough AFC North; Lamar Jackson last year led the Ravens to a division title, and even with internal problems in Pittsburgh, they managed a 9-6-1 record.
The Colts caught fire at the end of last season to sneak into the playoffs. They also beat their AFC South rivals and division winner.
Their division is possibly the toughest in terms of defense, and they ranked at the bottom.
Andrew Luck has some weapons with Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton, and Eric Ebron, but his offensive line has previously proven to be inadequate and unable to keep pressure off him.
With Houston as the defending division champions and Jacksonville’s offense getting a massive upgrade at quarterback, the Colts have a tough road to the Super Bowl.
John “Supi” Supowitz is graduate from Quinnipiac University with a Masters in Sports Journalism. He is also currently a part of the Game Day Production Staff for a minor league baseball team. If you want to pique his interest, bring up the Yankees, pro-wrestling, or King of The Hill. You can follow him on Twitter @Imthatsupi85 and Instagram @Imthatsupi.