Published on September 25th, 2014 | by sbbadmin
2014-2015 Super Bowl Odds Update – Preseason Preview
The start of the new NFL season is just days away and it’s time to take a closer look on the teams we think will have a legitimate chance of taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Can the Seahawks repeat as NFL Champs or will a slew of other contenders wrest the title away?
2014 NFL Futures Odds Update
Favorites – Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks
It’s no surprise that last year’s Super Bowl heroes return as this season’s favorites given that their lineup is almost completely intact.
The Denver Broncos have been installed as slight favorites at +550 with Peyton Manning eager to bounce back from his disappointing Super Bowl performance last February. It was a historic year nonetheless for Manning and the Broncos with Denver setting new offensive records in 2013 including the most points (606), touchdowns (76) and 50-point games (3).
Manning’s illustrious career got even better last year as he also set new NFL records for total passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55) in a single season on his way to capturing a record fifth MVP plum.
Unfortunately for Manning though, the Seahawks limited the Broncos’ high-octane offense to eight points as they routed Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Defense was the story for the Seahawks all season long as free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom clamped down on their opponents, limiting them to 172 yards per game last year, good for best in the entire NFL.
Seattle was able to retain the core of its talented defensive crew, signing Thomas and Sherman to extensions and re-signing defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a four-year $28.5 million deal. Add to that the continued development of their young quarterback Russell Wilson and it is easy to understand why the Seahawks are second favorites to retain their Super Bowl crown at +600.
High-Value Picks – San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots
The 49ers almost had a chance to return to the Super Bowl for the second-straight year in 2013-2014 but Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Michael Crabtree in the final seconds was picked off by Richard Sherman as the Seahawks preserved a 23-17 victory in the NFC Championship.
Even though they fell short last season, Kaepernick had a magnificent season, becoming only the 12th player in NFL history to throw more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 500 yards in the same season. His exploits were duly rewarded when the 49ers signed him to a lucrative, six-year $126 million contract extension.
With Kaepernick locked up for the foreseeable future and with running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis returning to the fray, the 49ers are legitimate contenders to win the Super Bowl next year and are pegged at +700 to do just that.
The Patriots, on the other hand, failed to take advantage of their 13-3 regular season record last year as they fell to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game. It was another disappointing end to the year for Tom Brady and the Patriots as they missed out again on a chance to win the Super Bowl which they last won back in 2004.
With head coach Bill Belichick at the helm though, the Patriots are guaranteed to be back in the playoff picture this season and are set at +800 to lift their fourth Vince Lombardi trophy. Boosting their hopes this season is the free-agent acquisitions of cornerbacks Darrelle Davis and Brandon Browner which will help fortify the Patriots secondary that was torched by Peyton Manning in the AFC to the tune of a 400-yard performance.
Tom Brady had a solid season for the Patriots last year, throwing for 4,343 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and will be once again relied upon by the Patriots as they try to end their decade-long wait for another Super Bowl title.
Long Shot – San Diego Chargers
The Chargers surpassed expectations last year when they made the playoffs for the first time in four years. Head coach Mike McCoy can be credited with the turnaround as he was able to reboot quarterback Philip Rivers’ flagging career.
Rivers posted career-high marks in completions (378), completion percentage (69.5%) and QB rating (105.5) to nab the Comeback Player of the Year honors as he led the Chargers to the postseason where they just fell short against the eventual AFC champions Denver Broncos.
With McCoy returning for his second year at the helm, Charger fans will be optimistic of the continued growth in the Chargers’ offense. The Chargers are priced at +4,000 to win the Super Bowl title for the first time in their franchise history.