Major League Baseball is now underway despite the cold that gripped several stadiums on opening day yesterday. College Basketball has reached its’ own pinnacle with the Final Four set for Saturday and Monday night in Atlanta. The National Hockey League and National Basketball Association are just a few weeks from their respective playoff seasons so you’d think football would be far from the minds of many right? Not for this guy.
Now that National Football League’s free agency has made its’ way through the weeks of major signings and comings and goings, I think now is a nice time to look at each team’s odds of winning the Super Bowl in 2014. These are odds that reflect the most recent moves in the world of free agency.
San Francisco 7/1 -The Niners traded for one of the guys that helped beat them in Super Bowl XLVII in Anquan Boldin and also sent QB Alex Smith to Kansas City. If they can upgrade their secondary, they are clearly the best team.
Denver 15/2 – The Broncos got a two-for-one in signing Wes Welker. First they get a great receiver and secondly they take him from an AFC power in New England. The problem? I just don’t have faith in Peyton Manning in the playoffs.
New England 15/2 – The Pats will need to be good in the draft with a limited number of picks and I believe the loss of Welker will be a bigger factor than they currently think it will.
Seattle 10/1 – They’ve added Percy Harvin and defensive end Cliff Avril and frankly, they should be the favorite in the NFC. If they get home-field advantage in the playoffs I expect them to be in Super Bowl XLVIII. Questions at tackle and defensive tackle may cause struggles.
Atlanta 12/1 – Tony Gonzalez returns and Stephen Jackson comes over from the Rams but can the Falcons re-group after coming so close to the Super Bowl? Matt Ryan needs to prove he is elite by getting to the Super Bowl. Until then I don’t touch the Falcons.
- I have a feeling Rodgers and the Pack will make another run at the Super Bowl.
Green Bay 12/1 – The Packers lose Greg Jennings to the rival Vikings but I’m OK with the receiving corps Aaron Rodgers has. They still need to upgrade at running back and on defense, but this would be a team I like in 2013 behind Rodgers.
Baltimore 16/1 – Just too many losses via trade and free agency despite Rice and Flacco returning.
New Orleans 16/1 – I fully expect a ‘Sean Payton revenge tour’ in 2013 but a lot will ride on the defense. I wouldn’t blame you if you pulled the trigger one them.
Houston 16/1 – Huge upgrade at safety with Ed Reed but the question now is can Matt Schaub carrying them to the next level? For me, I say “no.”
Pittsburgh 20/1 – Way too many holes to fill with Mike Wallace gone, no real starter at running back and questions at linebacker. Just can’t recommend them this year.
NY Giants 20/1 – NYG always seem to bounce back from bad years so I like the Giants.
Chicago 25/1 – The loss of Brian Urlacher will hurt on the field and in the locker room. I say stay away.
Dallas 25/1 – Tony Romo gets an extension? No thanks.
Washington 25/1 – If RGIII is ready to go then pull the trigger. He is that dynamic.
Philadelphia 30/1 – Sorry but I see nothing but problems in Philly.
Cincinnati 35/1 – Love the talent in Cincy but I lack faith in Andy Dalton.
Detroit 35/1 – Still questions on both sides of the ball and no compliment for Megatron.
Indianapolis 35/1 – Way too low for a playoff team led by a young stud at QB. Pull the trigger on the Colts.
Miami 35/1 – I will say this, playoffs yes, but Super Bowl? Not yet.
Minnesota 40/1 – Adrian Peterson will have a great season but nothing like his MVP one. Ponder just not enough.
San Diego 40/1 – Too many question marks including Philip Rivers.
Kansas City 45/1 – You heard it here first. Chiefs make the playoffs but no way they win the Super Bowl.
Carolina 50/1 – I sense major issues in Carolina. Stay away!
Tampa Bay 50/1 – This is Josh Freeman’s make or break year. No Super Bowl though.
NY Jets 60/1 – Can you say “butt fumble?”
St. Louis 60/1 – They are much improved with Jake Long aboard but not a Super Bowl team yet.
Cleveland 75/1 – Several good upgrades but not enough to make me think anything other than AFC North cellar.
Oakland 75/1 – No.
Arizona 100/1 – No way.
Buffalo 100/1 – No freaking way.
Tennessee 100/1 – No enough weapons.
Jacksonville 150/1 – Can MJD throw, block and tackle too?