While we’re already in Week 3 of the preseason, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the regular season to begin. Every team will enter with a clean slate although some eyebrows may be raised toward some that didn’t fare well in August.
Regardless, it’s never too early to look even further ahead and see the preseason odds for winning the 2014 Super Bowl.
They have been out for quite some time and haven’t changed too much. One leading contender since spring has been the Denver Broncos who sat at 5/1. This week the team was at the top of the news cycle thanks to the six-game suspension of its talented linebacker Von Miller.
How will this affect the Broncos’ odds? Miller’s absence will be a hole in the team’s defense and his coach John Fox said of the suspended linebacker via USA Today, “I know it is ‘next man up.’ But he’s a hard man to replace.”
Factor in the loss of Elvis Dumervil and well, the team will just have to make do.
Vegas has agreed and is confident the Broncos will just have to move forward as their odds remain at the top with 5/1 at the time of this writing.
Here’s a look at the rest of the teams via Sporting News (LVH Superbook odds). Note that the parentheses represent a change from last week’s odds.
San Francisco 49ers 6/1
Seattle Seahawks 7/1
New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers 8/1
Houston Texans 14/1
Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints 18/1
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and the Washington Redskins 20/1
Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys (30-1) 25/1
Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts 30/1
Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams 40/1
Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/1
San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs 60/1
New York Jets 70/1
Philadelphia Eagles 80/1
Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals 100/1
Oakland Raiders 200/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 300/1
A few comments:
- After the 40-9 rout by the Lions of the Patriots on Thursday, you have to wonder if New England is going to have an off year. Quarterback Tom Brady can’t carry the team on his back and new wide receiver Danny Amendola is injured. Again. Oh yea, they are also without their star tight end duo.
- While not really expected to repeat after it gutting its Super Bowl-winning roster, I can’t believe the Ravens sit with the same odds with the Bears at 30/1. Aren’t they better than 30/1?
- New head coach Bruce Arians and his quarterback Carson Palmer have big dreams for their team. Do they know they sit toward the bottom with 100/1 odds, just above the really low Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars?
- The Cincinnati Bengals have had a great preseason so far. There’s been no drama and the position battles haven’t really been making headlines. There’s been talk of the team as Super Bowl contenders but yet, they sit with 25/1 odds–the same as the Dallas Cowboys.
And for the 2014 NFC Champions, the 49ers sit at the top with 13/4 (3/1) odds, the Seahawks 7/2 and the Packers 9/2 (4/1). For the AFC Champions top three, this includes the Broncos 11/5 (2/1), the Patriots 13/4 (3/1) and the Texans 5/1 (6/1).
We all know things can change so let’s rewind one year back to August 23, 2012. The Patriots sat at the top with 6/1 odds as the Packers were right behind 13/2.
Here’s how things stood after the preseason on September 3, 2012:
Broncos and Texans 10/1
As for the 49ers, they were 10/1 and the Ravens were 14/1.
What a difference a year makes.