Patriots Favored in Updated Super Bowl 52 Odds Ahead of 2017 NFL Draft

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

El quarterback Tom Brady, de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra, sostiene el Trofeo Vince Lombardi ante la mirada de su entrenador Bill Belichick, derecha, después de la victoria sobre los Falcons de Atlanta en tiempo extra en el Super Bowl, el domingo 5 de febrero de 2017, en Houston. (AP Foto/Darron Cummings)
Darron Cummings/Associated Press

The reigning champions New England Patriots are the clear favorites to capture the Super Bowl LII title next February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis based on updated championship odds published ahead of next week's 2017 NFL draft.

Four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and the Pats are followed in the offseason pecking order by the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons are tied for fifth in the rankings with the Oakland Raiders.

All of those secondary contenders feature odds more than double New England's, though. Here's a look at the complete list of 2018 Super Bowl lines courtesy of OddsShark:

2017-18 NFL Season: Super Bowl LII Odds
RankTeamOdds
1New England Patriots+400
T-2Dallas Cowboys+1000
T-2Green Bay Packers+1000
T-2Seattle Seahawks+1000
T-5Atlanta Falcons+1200
T-5Oakland Raiders+1200
T-7Pittsburgh Steelers+1600
T-7Houston Texans+1600
9Denver Broncos+1800
10New York Giants+2000
11Kansas City Chiefs+2500
T-12Carolina Panthers+3300
T-12Minnesota Vikings+3300
T-12Indianapolis Colts+3300
T-12Arizona Cardinals+3300
T-16Tennessee Titans+4000
T-16Tampa Bay Buccaneers+4000
T-16Baltimore Ravens+4000
T-19Cincinnati Bengals+5000
T-19Miami Dolphins+5000
T-19Washington Redskins+5000
T-19Philadelphia Eagles+5000
T-23New Orleans Saints+6600
T-23Detroit Lions+6600
25Los Angeles Chargers+7500
T-26Buffalo Bills+10000
T-26Jacksonville Jaguars+10000
T-26Chicago Bears+10000
T-29Los Angeles Rams+15000
T-29New York Jets+15000
T-31San Francisco 49ers+20000
T-31Cleveland Browns+20000
OddsShark

The Patriots have captured five titles since the turn of the millennium, including two in the past three years to jump-start another dynasty. The extended run of success has allowed them to become one of the model organizations in all of sports.

Head coach Bill Belichick showcased the mentality that's helped make their success possible one day after winning this year's Super Bowl. Jim McBride of the Boston Globe noted his focus was already on trying to catch up with teams who got an early start on the offseason.

"The NFL season, the calendar is what it is," Belichick said. "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season."

New England clearly made up for lost time. It signed star cornerback Stephon Gilmore away from AFC East rivals Buffalo Bills in free agency and acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Kony Ealy in a trio of trades.

Add in the continued presence of Brady leading the offense and a healthy Rob Gronkowski and it's no surprise the Patriots are definitive favorites.

None of the placements on the list come as a major surprise. The odds could shift slightly following the draft depending on which teams are best able to fill certain voids with top prospects, but the rankings should remain pretty steady until training camp, when injuries start to make an impact.

Those seeking potential value plays should look at the group tied for 12th. The Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals all possess Super Bowl upside if a few things break their way during the 2017 campaign.

That said, the road to a championship will probably go through New England once again, and yet another parade in Boston appears well within reach.