Gambling is the lifeblood that fuels the NFL and helped it become one of the most popular sports in the world, before every season Las Vegas releases their Super Bowl odds, I'm going to give you my opinion on a few long shots that may be worth taking a look at.
Last year Arizona was a 50/1 long shot and they came within an ear shot of winning it all.
Vegas didn't give the New York Giants much of a chance being 28/1 Super Bowl XLII and they won it all.
In the NFL, truly anyone has a chance to win it all.
May the winners be yours.
Matt Ryan has a year under his belt and some added fire power with Tony Gonzalez joining the mix, they should be a contender in 2009.
Rookie Peria Jerry should provide immediate impact on the defensive line, William Moore should solidify the safety position, provided he can stay healthy.
They play a power running game and if they can sure up their defense they may not be a bad bet.
With Tra Thomas and Eugene Monroe being added to the mix the Jaguars should be back to their 12-4 form from 2007 when they were derailed by the then perfect New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs.
Torry Holt is also a welcome addition to a team who has had a heck of a time finding a number one wide receiver since Jimmy Smith left.
It would not be shocking at all to see this team win it all in 2009 as long as Jones-Drew stay healthy and David Garrard plays consistent football.
With the addition of Brian Cushing to an already stout line backing core, coupled with the loss' suffered by the Colts and Titans, the Texans should be able to take a run at the division.
If Shaub can stay healthy, and Slaton can carry the offense a little more this season I don't see how this team is held out of the playoffs in 2009.
Mike Singletary, the consummate leader, he has all the knowledge and the drive to lead his team to greatness.
They drafted a very special receiver with their first pick in 2009, they will count on him to carry the passing game.
Frank Gore will need to have a big year to take pressure off of whoever will play Quarterback, maybe Mike Vick? Who knows.
All that is certain with this team is that they play in the worst division in the NFL and should contend.
As long as they can be strong defensively and consistent throwing the football I don't see why they can't win their division. and once you get in the tournament it's a crap shoot.
The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990, but they had arguably the best offseason of anyone in 2009. By drafting Andre Smith, they fill a hole on the offensive line.
Ray Maualuga, teamed up with Keith Rivers, will make it tough for opposing offenses to run, and Michael Johnson is a wild card that has a chance to become a dominant player.
Carson Palmer, a franchise quarterback, who has had a slew of injuries in the past couple of years, but with better protection this coming year and any type of running game I wouldn't be surprised to see Laveranues Coles and Chad Ochocinco to have solid years and carry their team back to the playoffs.
The Bengals are a perennial long shot, but one of these days they have to pull a Cardinals and make it to the big game, hopefully they can finish the job.