It’s official: Super Bowl LIII is old news! Oddsmakers have already shifted focus to next season by releasing future Super Bowl odds. Find out which teams the experts say are most likely to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in early 2020. All odds are according to betonline.ag.
New England Patriots (+600)
Is it any surprise the Super Bowl champs would enter the 2020 league year as favorites? Tom Brady has already stated he’d like to play until age 45, and what reason is there to doubt he’ll still be playing at an All-Pro level when he’s halfway to 90? Whether or not TE Rob Gronkowski will return is another question altogether. Even though he had a down year as he battled injuries, Gronk would leave a huge void in the Pats’ passing game if he chooses to hang up his cleats. RBs Sony Michel and James White formed the league’s most underrated backfield last season, so the offense will still be good, but will it be good enough for a return trip to the Super Bowl? Fans are already buckled in for another off-season of rumors and doubts in Patriot-land.
Kansas City Chiefs (+700)
Oddsmakers learned you can never bet against QB Patrick Mahomes the hard way. The Kansas City Chiefs entered the 2018 season with modest expectations. They quickly became the talk of the league, storming out to a 12-4 finish and an AFC Championship Game berth. Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will return on the offensive side of the ball. But, what will this team do at the RB position? Kareem Hunt was a stud when on the field, but a Kansas City reunion seems even less likely than Le’Veon Bell staying in Pittsburgh. The backfield will be the focus of the off-season, along with the defense. Steve Spagnuolo was brought in to guide one the league’s worst defenses. If the D improves, Kansas City could get over the hump in the AFC.
Los Angeles Rams (+800)
It took the defensive genius of a generation to finally slow this offense down. But, Without a doubt, the Rams are set up for long-term success. Sean McVay has shown to be one of the league’s brightest minds. It would be crazy to expect anything other than another year where this offense lights up the scoreboard. RB Todd Gurley will have a full spring to get healthy and regain his MVP-form. Jared Goff continues to progress, and he has three tremendous wideout options to spread the ball to in 2019. Will changes be made on the defensive side of the ball, though? Aaron Donald had one of the greatest seasons ever, but this unit disappointed for the majority of the year.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2000)
There is no team in the league with more question marks heading into the off-season than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only is the squad coming off it’s first non-playoff year since 2013, there’s also a good chance they’ll lose their two best players. RB Le’Veon Bell seems all but gone, choosing to preserve his body rather than suit up for the Steelers this season. Then, in week 17, WR Antonio Brown appeared to take a similar route. He didn’t play in the team’s crucial finale, and his since requested a trade. It seems unlikely that either offensive superstar will be back in the black and yellow in 2019. But, does that mean Pittsburgh is doomed? That might be far from the truth. QB Ben Roethlisberger has committed to play again, plus WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner could be on the cusp of breakout years.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+4000)
While the Steelers’ prima donnas will be the story of the off-season, it was the Jaguars’ stars who stole the headlines during the year. DB Jalen Ramsey trashed nearly every opposing QB in the league. His trash talk was effective….until the Jags fell apart. Coming off an AFC Championship appearance, Jacksonville fell all the way to a 5-11 finish in 2018. Doug Marrone struggled to control the egos on this once up-and-coming team. RB Leonard Fournette was suspended, and the team never threatened in the AFC. There are many questions that need to be answered: will Fournette return, will Blake Bortles ever take the field again, and how can they acquire talent at the wideout position? At least Ramsey will probably provide all those answers during his spring media tour.
Washington Redskins (+8000)
It’s difficult to even recall this team’s 5-2 start, which put them briefly atop the NFC East. Once upon a time, the Alex Smith-led Redskins were thinking playoffs. Then came a horrific leg injury that has many believing Smith won’t play at all in 2018. Does that mean Washington should be thinking QB in round one of the NFL Draft, or will they look for help in free agency? Nevertheless, a question mark at the QB position is a scary thing. And let’s not forget about the other turmoil near the nation’s capital. The Redskins were criticized harshly throughout the league for claiming controversial LB Reuben Foster off waivers. Does Foster factor into the team’s 2019 plans? Or, will he become just another distraction in a potential send-off year for Jay Gruden?
Arizona Cardinals (+10000)
What to make of the Arizona Cardinals heading into next season….that is the question NFL fans have about the team in the desert. There’s plenty to be hopeful about, that’s for sure. They have a second-year QB, the first-overall pick in the draft, and a new head coach. But that may be the biggest question of all – what is right to expect from Kliff Kingsbury in his NFL debut? He is highly regarded in league circles, but it’s safe to say he underwhelmed as a head man in college, recording a 35-40 record. Kingsbury is viewed as a clone of Sean McVay; an offensive wizard. If Kingsbury can use David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald to their full capabilities, the Cardinals could surprise the rest of the NFC West.
Miami Dolphins (+10000)
As of now, the Miami Dolphins are the biggest unknown in the NFL. They’ve been without a head coach for a month, and will likely start from scratch at QB next season. The team is expected to move on from QB Ryan Tannehill due to his contract, leaving the Dolphins to search for a franchise option. But beyond that, this team has an obvious lack of talent. Former Head Coach Adam Gase purged the team of talent in recent years, letting go of Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh, among others. The Patriots are the Patriots, plus the Bills and Jets are projected to improve, so where does that leave the Dolphins next season? Oddsmakers seem to believe the fish will land at the bottom of the division.