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Probable Super Bowl Winners

Probable Super Bowl Winners

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The training camps and pre season games have enlightened us as to what we should expect from all 32 NFL teams heading into the new season. There is still time for things to drastically change through injuries, suspensions and streaks of form, but we now have a general idea of the shape of things and are able to make an informed decision about who will challenge this season.

 

Consider the History

The historical form of each team needs to be taken into account, as terrible sides don’t suddenly become world-beaters and this is evident in the latest Bet365 odds with the Patriots favorites at 8/1. The progress is almost always a steady improvement over several seasons and then an eventual push for the title. In fact, the last time a team missed the playoffs and then went on to lift the Super Bowl the following season, saw the Saints beating the Colts back in 2009. If you are making a bet on the eventual Super Bowl winner, it’s logical to disregard any team that didn’t make the playoffs last year. This gives you a much narrower selection of franchises to choose from and greater time to inspect these teams’ title credentials. You can also make the selection even smaller by ruling out the Panthers, as the ability to bounce-back and win after being a losing finalist is in short supply; the last time it happened was back in 1972!

So after careful consideration, here are the three front-runners to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy this coming season.

New England Patriots

The Deflategate saga is thankfully over and whatever you think of the treatment of Tom Brady, the fact is he’s missing for four games. The first of those four games is a real test for the Patriots to face off against last seasons conference runners-up the Arizona Cardinals. Don’t be surprised to see an invigorated and more affluent Chandler Jones clock up a first win of the season against his old teammates. One swallow doesn’t make a summer and even a first game of the season loss shouldn’t diminish the Patriots’ championship hopes. With very winnable games against the Dolphins, Texans and the Bills before Brady returns against Cleveland, expect a 4-1 record as they head towards week 6.  The Pats are favorites for a reason and their advantageous opening games followed by the return of their star QB means that they’ll be there or thereabouts come the final.

Tom Brady 2016

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Seattle Seahawks

The Super Bowl XLVIII winners are widely tipped to be in the reckoning for this coming season and look set to be once again contending with the Arizona Cardinals to be top of the division. The Seahawks have a fairly comfortable opening few weeks, with the Los Angeles Rams representing the only team that should give them real trouble, until they face the Cardinals in week 7. The schedule does get trickier for the Seahawks, particularly coming off a Monday night game against the Bills and then travelling to the Patriots for week 10. With one of the best defenses in the league and Russell Wilson they should have enough to challenge for the title, if they can fend-off Arizona to win NFC West.

Green Bay Packers

Serious contenders last season, the Packers are hoping to go one better, win the divisional crown and have a shot at the title. The schedule has been kind to the Packers and is probably the easiest in the NFL. Combine this with a solid draft selection and Head Coach Mike McCarthy able to build on last season’s respectable performances and Green Bay are a good bet to be contending the final at the NRG next year.

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