Patriots Favored in Updated Super Bowl 52 Odds After 2017 NFL Draft

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2017

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots hold the Super Bowl trophies during a pre-game ceremony before the Boston Red Sox home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Joe Osborne of OddsShark.com released the site's futures odds for the 2017 season, and not surprisingly, the New England Patriots are the early favorites to win the Super Bowl and repeat as champions.

Super Bowl LII Futures Odds
New England Patriots7-2
Dallas Cowboys12-1
Green Bay Packers12-1
Seattle Seahawks12-1
Atlanta Falcons12-1
Oakland Raiders12-1
Pittsburgh Steelers16-1
Houston Texans16-1
Denver Broncos18-1
New York Giants20-1
Kansas City Chiefs25-1
Carolina Panthers33-1
Minnesota Vikings33-1
New Orleans Saints33-1
Indianapolis Colts33-1
Arizona Cardinals33-1
Tennessee Titans40-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers40-1
Baltimore Ravens40-1
Cincinnati Bengals50-1
Miami Dolphins50-1
Washington Redskins50-1
Philadelphia Eagles50-1
Detroit Lions66-1
Los Angeles Chargers75-1
Buffalo Bills100-1
Jacksonville Jaguars100-1
Chicago Bears100-1
Los Angeles Rams150-1
New York Jets150-1
San Francisco 49ers200-1
Cleveland Browns200-1
Source: OddsShark.com

Osborne justified the Patriots' selection by noting that the team added wide receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore and will also get Rob Gronkowski back this season. He concluded, "many things would have to go wrong for them to not get at least 12 wins."

It's hard to argue. Bill Belichick remains the NFL's best coach, Tom Brady is still one of the league's top quarterbacks and the team has an array of weapons on both sides of the ball. And after the Patriots erased a 28-3 Atlanta Falcons lead in the second half of this year's Super Bowl, well, there isn't even a deficit the team seems incapable of overcoming.

So yes, the Patriots are the safe bet. They'll likely be the safe bet so long as Belichick and Brady are paired together in New England. But they won't go unchallenged.

The Dallas Cowboys are tied for the second-best title odds, and for good reason. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are coming off amazing rookie seasons and should improve in 2017. They'll be supported by arguably the league's best offensive line, wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. 

Their defense will be the major question mark, again, but the league's most balanced offense should be able to lead the team back to the playoffs.

So long as Aaron Rodgers is under center, the same could be said for the Green Bay Packers. The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, will once again feature an excellent defense and quarterback Russell Wilson, who has dangerous weapons in Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin in the passing game. 

The Falcons will be out for revenge after blowing their huge lead in the Super Bowl, and so long as they have Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on offense, they'll be a threat. Ditto for the Oakland Raiders, who are stacked on offense (Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch) and are led on defense by burgeoning superstar Khalil Mack. 

As for some of the better values on the board, the Houston Texans will have a fearsome defense that gets J.J. Watt back from injury and an offense that should be better with rookie Deshaun Watson under center. The New York Giants added Brandon Marshall and rookie Evan Engram to an already dangerous passing game and should once again have a solid defense.

And the Carolina Panthers might be the best value in the NFL. Cam Newton now has two dynamic weapons after the draft in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, while they added veterans in Mike Adams, Captain Munnerlyn and Julius Peppers to the defense in free agency.

It's easy to remember that the Panthers were in the Super Bowl two seasons ago and Newton was the MVP after last season's 6-10 debacle. But if any team is primed to bounce back in a major way, it's the team with Newton calling the shots on one side of the ball and Luke Kuechly on the other.


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