With Week 1 of the 2016 NFL preseason right around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of the NFL odds for Super Bowl LI in Houston this season. Here’s a quick glance at the top five teams with the best shot at the Super Bowl in February 2017:
1. New England Patriots: +700
Without Tom Brady under center for the first four games of the season, some fans could be weary of New England’s Super Bowl odds heading into the season. But even with the young and inexperienced Jimmy Garoppolo under center, the Patriots’ offense shouldn’t skip a beat. And once Brady does come back, it’ll be business as usual.
2. Seattle Seahawks: +850
The Legion of Boom hasn’t received the same attention it did just a couple of years ago when it helped Pete Carroll’s team make back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. And the loss of All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch (retirement) should make an impact. But with playmakers such as Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, Seattle’s defensive can still compete with the best offenses in the league. And you know the saying: “Defense wins championships.”
3. Pittsburgh Steelers: +900
New England isn’t the only team battling suspensions to key players. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant will miss the entire season due to suspension, and RB Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game ban to begin the season. But Pittsburgh still has the dangerous Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown passing combo and a defense that can stop the run as good as any defensive unit in the league.
4. Green Bay Packers: +900
Having Jordy Nelson back on offense is sure to help All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he hopes to lead the Pack back to an NFC North division title. Mike McCarthy hopes to see RB Eddie Lacy bounce back after a disappointing 2015 campaign, and an improved defensive attack would go a long way to making a Super Bowl push as well.
5. Denver Broncos: +1000
Despite winning the Super Bowl last year with a stout, top-tier defensive attack, the Denver Broncos fall down to No. 5 favorites for 2016-17. Without Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler under center, Denver’s offense may slow down the AFC West favorites once playoff time rolls around.
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