2013 Super Bowl: Current Odds on Top 10 Super Bowl Contenders
This year's NFL free agency period has had more hotly covered signings than any in recent memory. The Peyton Manning saga may only be bested by Brett Favre in terms of media coverage in recent years, and don't even get me started on the Jets signing Tim Tebow.
So, after everything that has transpired over the past couple of weeks in the NFL, here are the updated odds to win this year's Super Bowl.
10. New York Giants: 15/1
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They'll be in a tough division with the Cowboys and Eagles, and even the Redskins if they acquire RG3 as expected. They didn't really make a splash in the free agent market, and lost running back Brandon Jacobs. They've obviously shown the ability to play well, especially late in the postseason, so you can never count them out.
However, as of right now, we'll put them at 15/1.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers: 14/1
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The Steelers have been a playoff stalwart in recent years, always seeming to be in the hunt when January rolls around. However, it's going to be an uphill battle for them next season.
Without a grade A draft, I don't really see the Steelers as being a huge threat to win the Super Bowl. I see the Ravens as being the better team in the division, and Big Ben needs to prove that he can go a full season without getting hurt.
So right now, they are 14/1 to win the Super Bowl.
8. Baltimore Ravens: 12/1
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This upcoming season could be the year the Ravens finally get over the hump and make it into the Super Bowl for the first time in more than a decade.
For old veteran Ray Lewis, this could be his last chance, and they'll be highly motivated on defense. Ray Rice will be great as always. If they could add a weapon at wide receiver to complement Torrey Smith and the ever consistent Anquan Boldin, this team could be very dangerous.
They're odds as of now stand at about 12/1.
7. Denver Broncos: 11/1
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Ah, we finally arrive on the Broncos. For those of you who've been living under a rock for the past week, Peyton Manning is now a Denver Bronco, becoming the highest paid player in the NFL in the process. It's an immediate upgrade from Tim Tebow, who if you didn't know is now a New York Jet.
The Broncos are somewhat enigmatic at this stage. They have the talent on defense, as well as offense, but it remains to be seen if Manning will be 100 percent and if he'll produce as he used to. If he plays as well as he did in 2010, they'll be a serious threat. If he doesn't, they're still good but not ready to win the Super Bowl.
All of this added up puts them at about 11/1 to win the Super Bowl.
6. Houston Texans: 10/1
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Had the Texans not lost Mario Williams to free agency, they would have been much higher on my list. However, it must be taken into account that they won a playoff game last year with their third-string quarterback handling the offense.
This makes me wonder how well the Texans will do if Matt Schaub can play the entire season this year. Arian Foster was hurt last year which also hampered the team's performance. Andre Johnson also was bothered by injury as well.
This might be the best value pick of them all. Right now, we'll put the Texans at 10/1.
5. Philadelphia Eagles: 9/1
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The Eagles are have a soft spot for me. Michael Vick won me my fantasy league championship two seasons ago, so I always have to root for them. So, having said that, I have to give the Eagles a good chance to get to the Super Bowl this year and win it.
It all hinges on Mike Vick staying healthy. If he is injury-free and doesn't put his body at risk, the Eagles will win the division and go far into the playoffs. If Vick is reckless, they'll struggle and only win eight or nine games because he'll probably get hurt.
I think the Eagles have all the talent that they need. The question is if they'll put it all together this year and get their secondary on the same page with one another. Because with their explosive offense, the best four-man pass rush in the league (yes it's actually true check the stats) and a talented secondary, the sky is the limit. Give them 9/1 to win the championship.
4. San Francisco 49ers: 8.5/1
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If the 49ers were able to acquire Peyton Manning, they might've shot all the way up to No. 2 and possibly even as the favorite to win it all. As it stands, they come in at No. 4.
The 49ers are talented immensely on defense and special teams. Last year, their offense wasn't great, but they didn't turn the ball over much and they made plays when they had to, as Vernon Davis demonstrated in the NFC championship. And if Ted Ginn played against the Giants, they probably would've made it to the Super Bowl.
Alex Smith needs to continue to improve under coach Jim Harbaugh to allow the 49ers to make another run. So, as of now, they're 8.5/1.
3. New Orleans Saints: 8/1
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The Saints have been the focus of media outlets for much of the offseason so far. Coach Sean Payton has been suspended without pay for the entire season due to the bounties scandal. This will absolutely hurt the Saints this season, as Payton has proved to be a great play-caller and leader for his players.
Assuming the Saints keep Drew Brees, they'll still be an excellent team. They don't really have any offensive weaknesses, and if they can tighten up the defense a little bit, they can beat any team on any day.
So despite everything that's happened, they're still the No. 3 team to win the Super Bowl at 8/1.
2. New England Patriots: 6.5/1
The Patriots came very close to winning the Super Bowl last season, and I would be shocked if they weren't in the hunt deep in the NFL playoffs again this season. In free agency, they added wideouts Brandon Lloyd, and the underrated yet oft injured Anthony Gonzalez.
They also recently retained Ochocinco, which adds to their stable at wide receiver.
With Tom Brady under center and Belichick at head coach, the Patriots are a very dangerous team and quite honestly could possibly be the favorite if they have a good draft come April. But as of now, we'll place them at 6.5/1.
1. Green Bay Packers: 5/1
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No surprise here. The favorite to win the 2013 Super Bowl is the Green Bay Packers. Aside from a shocking upset to the Giants last season, Aaron Rodgers and the Pack had a great season that they'll look to build upon this year,
The Packers were 15-1 in the regular season last year, and at times their offense looked like it flat out couldn't be stopped. I expect more of the same this year. Rodgers should approach 50 TDs, and if the defense can play a little big better, this team is almost unbeatable.
As of now, the Packers are the clear No. 1, and come in at 5/1 to win the Super Bowl.