Super Bowl 52 Futures Are Topped By Patriots
With the calendar flipping to August the NFL season is quickly getting closer. Training camps and workouts are already in mid-swing and the preseason officially gets underway later this week. That all adds up to the perfect time to review the Super Bowl 52 odds.
You can probably guess who the early favorite is - not surprisingly it’s the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, who the Bovada Sportsbook is listing at +375.
Tom Brady and the Patriots are loaded up for a run at a sixth title. The receiving corps added Brandin Cooks alongside mainstays Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan. The biggest departures were running back LeGarrette Blount and tight end Martellus Bennett, but their spots were filled with the additions of Dwayne Allen and Mike Gillisee. The defense also made two key pickups in lineman Kony Ealy and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Behind the Patriots on the Super Bowl futures are the Green Bay Packers at +750. The Packers poached Bennett from New England to give Aaron Rodgers another target in the passing game, but otherwise return with most of their roster from last year intact. Eddie Lacy is gone, but he may not be missed much considering he only appeared in five games last season.
After those top two teams there’s a logjam of four teams all listed at +1200. They include the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cowboys rolled behind rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott last season. Now they need them to avoid sophomore slumps, and in Elliott’s case to keep his nose clean off the field.
Seattle added Green Bay castoff Lacy to try and energize their abysmal running game. Russell Wilson still has a stable set of targets led by Doug Baldwin, while the Seattle defense should be strong again.
In Oakland, all eyes will be on Marshawn Lynch as he comes back from a one-year retirement. Derek Carr is the real leader of the offense, as he returns from a broken leg that shortened his season a year ago.
In Pittsburgh rumors of Ben Roethlisberger retiring turned out to be false so he’ll continue to throw to beast Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell didn’t get the big payday expected, which could impact his on-field production.
If you’re looking for an early sleeper pick, many are touting the New York Giants, who are listed at +2200 at the Bovada Sportsbook. New York quietly had the No. 2 scoring defense last season and the addition of veteran wideout Brandon Marshall gives Eli Manning a strong receiving corps along with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepherd.