As we congratulate the Baltimore Ravens on winning their second Super Bowl title in franchise history, it’s time to begin turning our attention to next season with Super Bowl XLVIII futures bets. That’s right, the odds are already out for next year’s big game, so which teams are the favorites? Find out below, as well as which teams we like to make a run at glory next year.
Denver Broncos – 7/1
After the incredible year that Denver had in 2012, it’s no surprise that it is atop the favorite list for next year’s Super Bowl. Peyton Manning’s comeback season sparked an already talented team to a 13-3, but an early playoff exit has us a little skeptical about the Broncos as an odds on favorite. They will certainly be good enough to make the playoffs again next year in what should be a weak division again, but we’re not quite sure if they are Super Bowl worthy. Still, 7/1 is not bad for a team that is almost assured a playoff bid.
San Francisco 49ers – 7/1
Even though the Ravens ended up claiming the title, we learned this season is that the 49ers are for real and they are going to be great for a long time to come. Colin Kaepernick’s breakout season gave 49ers fans a lot to cheer about this year and for the future as he completed just his second NFL season and first as a starter. With a relatively young defense returning and a solid running game, there’s no reason the 49ers won’t be in the mix for the title again next season. We like the 49ers over the Broncos at 7/1, but maybe there are teams out there with a little more value? We’ll find out in a bit.
New England Patriots – 15/2
Who are we kidding? The Patriots will also be in the top ranks when it comes to odds because they continue to reload young talent. With Rob Gronkowski coming back and with Tom Brady still playing like…well…Tom Brady, the Patriots will be just fine in 2013. Although they are always a threat to win the championship, they haven’t done so since 2004, so it’s hard to like them too much to win it all, even at 15/2.
Green Bay Packers – 10/1
The Packers are another team that is certainly capable of returning to championship form next season. They’ve got plenty of weapons on offense, but they’ll need to sure up the defensive side of the ball a bit this offseason in order to get our vote. At this moment, we don’t like them as much as a 49ers, or even Patriots, but the Packers could definitely contend for a Super Bowl title next year if they fix some leaks.
Baltimore Ravens – 12/1
Could the Ravens repeat as champs? Oddsmakers are giving them 12/1, which sounds about right. Joe Flacco certainly emerged as a top tier quarterback, but with Ray Lewis retiring, the Ravens are losing their emotional leader. They should have a solid offense once again, but their defense is undoubtedly aging and may not be able to hold up next season. They’ll be good again next year, but we’re not so sure they’ll be Super Bowl good.
Seattle Seahawks – 12/1
The Seahawks proved last year they are a very young and dangerous team. They have an extremely young and physical defense, Russell Wilson, who could become a top tier QB if he avoids a sophomore slump and one of the best running games in the league. There’s a lot to love here with Seattle. The only problem is they have never won a Super Bowl in franchise history and don’t have a ton of playoff experience. Still, 12/1 is good value for a team with as much upside as the Seahawks.
After reviewing oddsmakers’ favorites. Here’s who we like:
Best Chance: 49ers
Best Value: Seahawks