When setting out in search of futures bets for the Super Bowl, the best chance of coming away with any sort of victory is, of course, riding with one of the NFL’s elite teams.
But where’s the fun in that?
If you’re more about the value plays, and the potential monster returns that could come with them, you’ll be looking much further down the board.
Here are five relative longshots who may be worth some consideration looking ahead to Super Bowl LII.
The Chargers aren’t getting enough recognition for how good this roster could be. Playing their first season in Los Angeles in a small stadium will present its share of challenges, but nobody should be surprised if this team emerges from the strong AFC West with a playoff spot. The defense is stacked with talent at key positions, and Philip Rivers finally has some help both on the offensive line and in the receiving corps. This is by far the most interesting pick, given both the odds and the rapidly improving situation.
With all the hype following the Titans as a team on the rise, you’d think their Super Bowl odds would follow suit. Not so. Tennessee remains tied for 20th among the league’s 32 teams despite yet another wildly productive offseason. The offense will once again be built around a dominant running game, and some major additions in the receiving corps will have Marcus Mariota poised for another leap in 2017. Such a well-rounded scoring unit should be able to overcome any deficiencies that remain on the other side of the ball.
New Orleans still has depth issues throughout the roster, so any significant injury losses could very well derail yet another season. The upside is there, though. Drew Brees’ presence alone would be enough to take a flier bet on this Saints team. A quick look at recent Super Bowl history confirms that those teams without an elite quarterback can safely be ruled out. But there’s also the chance that Brees finally gets some help from the Saints defense. That group’s young talent, highlighted by first-round rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, could kick-start a long-awaited turnaround.
The quarterback position was the only thing holding the Texans back from Super Bowl contention last year. Moving up to draft Deshaun Watson was a move that could potentially solve that problem area for the foreseeable future. Difficult as it may be to bet on a rookie – no first-year quarterback has ever led his team to a Super Bowl – he wouldn’t be asked to do much more than manage the game. Watson should quickly win the starting job and round out Houston’s championship-ready roster.
Going back to their roots, the Ravens spent the offseason loading up on the defensive side of the ball. The free-agent signing of Tony Jefferson is a major upgrade next to Eric Weddle at safety, and the rookies drafted in each of the first three rounds should complement the veteran talent still in place at all three levels. A unit with that much talent will be able to challenge Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC playoffs. Might the move to scoop up Jeremy Maclin put the offense in a position to take advantage?
Odds updated June 9, courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas Super Book
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