With the start of the NFL season just 34 days away, most fans are preparing their grills and coolers for Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football.
The season will start the first week of September, but odds makers already have released the odds for a Super Bowl winner.
Following the draft and free agency, odds makers have re-released their lines and Bovada has the San Francisco 49ers as the odds on favorite to win the title.
With the majority if not all acquisitions completed and teams in training camp, the NFL preseason schedule starts next week.
Since this past Super Bowl on February 3, there has been a great deal of player movement, which changed the betting odds on sites like betonline and topbet as well.
San Francisco leapfrogged the New England Patriots as the favorite. Reasons for that were the Patriots lost Wes Welker to free agency and Aaron Hernandez to a murder charge.
San Francisco has been given a line of 6/1 by Bovada to win it all next February in Super Bowl 48.
In the AFC, the Denver Broncos are the favorite to play in the Super Bowl and second in the league in odds to win it all at 13/2.
Peyton Manning added ex-Patriot Wes Welker to his arsenal of receivers, but defensively the team lost Elvis Dumervil to free agency when he signed with Baltimore.
Even though New England’s odds fell from first to fourth behind the aforementioned 49ers, Broncos and in third place the Seattle Seahawks, the biggest title contender to free fall during the summer was the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers saw their odds on Bovada fall from 18/1 all the way to 28/1. That was due in part to losing Rashard Mendenhall who signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Mike Wallace who is now a Miami Dolphin. Pittsburgh also did not acquire any big name free agents.
The New York Jets have dropped from 66/1 to 100/1 and some feel their record will not even match last season’s dismal 6-10, especially if rookie quarterback Geno Smith is the starter.
There is always a team at the bottom and this season there are two tied for that auspicious spot. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have the highest odds of winning the Super Bowl in February at 200/1.
Other notables include Seattle at 8/1, New England at 9/1, the Green Bay Packers at 12/1, the Atlanta Falcons at 14/1 and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at 22/1.