Now that our nation’s little foray in Brazil is over, we can turn our attention back to the type of football that I prefer. Believe it or not, we are about a month away from the Hall of Fame game which is the traditional kick-off to the NFL’s Preseason. The Buffalo Bills, who will be playing in that game against the New York Giants, report to camp two weeks from today.
Hard to believe, but are you ready for some football?
Here are the latest Super Bowl XLIX odds from our friends at Bovada. My best bets are in BOLD.
Denver 13/2 – Teams that have lost the previous Super Bowl rarely make it back but the Broncos are ‘all-in’ on trying.
Seattle 13/2 – We haven’t seen a repeat champion since the Patriots back near the beginning of this century. Can Seattle handle the crown which has brought many players (Sherman, Lynch, Wilson, etc) significant personal attention?
San Francisco 7/1 – Colin Kaepernick has a new deal, but will age catch up with the defense?
New England 9/1 – Speaking of age, when will Father Time finally force Tom Brady to the sidelines? I’m not sure, but his offensive weapons are still lacking a bit.
Green Bay 12/1 – How much will the defense be improved? If it makes a big jump, then this could be a sexy pick right here with Aaron Rodgers running the offense.
New Orleans 14/1 – How often does a head coach testify against one of his players? That’s what Sean Payton had to do in Jimmy Graham’s hearing. Will that be a factor this season and how do the Saints replace Darren Sproles?
Chicago 18/1 – Is Jay Cutler worth the monster deal the Bears signed him to? He has plenty of talent around him so there are no excuses.
Indianapolis 18/1 – Andrew Luck enters his third season and is 0-2 in the playoffs. In a weak division, he needs to get back and get a playoff win under his belt.
Philadelphia 25/1 – Like Green Bay, the Eagles have some appeal because of offensive firepower. Can the defense improve though?
Atlanta 28/1 – The question here centers on last year. Was it just an anomaly or a pattern of things to come? This team has a lot of holes to fill too.
Carolina 33/1 – The same could be said of the Panthers. Should we expect more of the same from them or will they revert back to a .500 or worse team?
Detroit 33/1 – Defense, defense, defense… If they can cover receivers and if Matthew Stafford can take better care of the ball then watch out. I have my doubts on both ends however.
Pittsburgh 33/1 – The youth movement has begun in the Steel City. As long as Ben Roethlisberger is there, they have a chance but the defense has to create more pressure.
Arizona 40/1 – The Cardinals won 10 games last year and missed the playoffs. They need splits with the Niners and Seahawks and great play from Carson Palmer.
Baltimore 40/1 – How long will Ray Rice’s suspension be and will it matter? He was very unproductive last year and has the defense improved at all?
Cincinnati 40/1 – This is all about Andy Dalton.
Kansas City 40/1 – Competitive, but I see a fall back year.
NY Giants 40/1 – Can Eli limit the turnovers?
San Diego 40/1 – Bolts need another good year from Rivers and a better effort on defense as well.
Cleveland 50/1 – How soon before we see Johnny on the field?
Dallas 50/1 – Loss of Sean Lee hurts an already bad defense.
Houston 50/1 – This defense will be fun to watch but the offense? Yikes.
Miami 50/1 – The Dolphins were right there last season and now they need to make the jump. Can they is the question especially without Mike Pouncey.
St. Louis 50/1 – Sam Bradford, this is it for you man.
Tampa Bay 50/1 – Lovie Smith will turn this team around immediately. Don’t be surprised to see them push for a playoff berth.
Washington 50/1 – Which RGIII will get this year?
Minnesota 66/1 – Teddy Bridgewater will start at QB on day one. You heard it here first.
NY Jets 66/1 – Personally, I don’t think Vick is going to help the development of Geno Smith but that’s just me.
Buffalo 75/1 – Loss of Alonso is a heart-breaker.
Oakland 100/1 – Is Ken Stabler returning?
Tennessee 100/1 – This team will be better under Ken Whisenhunt. Mark my words.
Jacksonville 200/1 – At least they have “cool” uniforms.