For the upcoming season three teams stand out as teams that could win the Super Bowl. These teams share a common theme, as they are led by elite quarterbacks who have the potential be the best quarterback in the league. All three teams made significant improvements to their defenses, which were weaknesses last season. While all three teams are near the top, last seasons Super Bowl opponents, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, are co-favorites at 6/1.
Green Bay Packers (11/1)
My favorite to come out of the NFC, the Green Bay Packers feature a dynamic offense that has its leader and my MVP favorite, Aaron Rodgers, who is currently at 5/1 (per Bovada) ton win the award back under center. Rodgers has a 50 touchdown, 5000 yard season within the realm of possibility. Something that would catapult the Packers into the Super Bowl and make his MVP candidacy a slam dunk. Year two for Eddie Lacy, should prove to be a productive one. With Rodgers back, Lacy should see a much less congested front from opposing defenses. Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are fully healthy, giving the Packers a juggernaut offensively.
The defense will be need to be better for the Packers, if they want to be the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come seasons end. Adding Julius Peppers in free agency and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the draft should go along way towards strengthening their defense. Clay Matthews will need to stay healthy and play at a high level as the leader of this defense.
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This Packers team is loaded with talent and should be the NFC representative in Super Bowl 49.
New Orleans Saints (11/1)
The New Orleans Saints are another team with a dynamic offense lead by a field general in Drew Brees, who is currently 8/1 to win NFL MVP. The Saints gave Brees another dynamic weapon in Brandin Cooks, who will be able to fill the role vacated by Darren Sproles.
Adding Jairus Byrd in the offseason to play alongside Kenny Vaccaro likely put the Saints duo amongst the best in the league. If the front seven can get pressure this defense has the potential to look strong.
I expect the Saints to play the Packers to go to Super Bowl 49. Betting on both the Saints and the Packer could set bettors up for a nice pay-day and provide rooting interest if team that holds their fandom is not represented.
New England Patriots (8/1)
If you are sensing a trend here, you are right. I tend to lean on teams that have exceptional quarterbacks in very good offenses. Tom Brady and the Patriots fit the mold. A healthy Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vareen, at least for now, should have the Patriots amongst the NFL’s elite offenses this season.
Their defense has added Darrelle Revis to a secondary that was amongst the worst in the league in past season. Revis will drastically improve their secondary and their defense as a whole. The front seven should be solid with Vince Wilfork and Chandler Jones anchoring their defensive line.
The Patriots have shorter odds than both the Saints and Packers. The Patriots seemingly have an easier path to Super Bowl 49 with the Denver Broncos being the biggest hurdle between the Pats and a Super Bowl appearance.
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