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Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers installed as early favorites for next season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  The Vince Lombardi trophy sits in front of a gold "50"during the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos have been Super Bowl champions for less than 24 hours, but time waits for no man and no team.

Las Vegas has already started looking ahead to next season and they’ve installed three teams as favorites to follow the Broncos as the top team in the NFL. The Westgate SuperBook in Vegas has the Patriots, Seahawks and Steelers listed as 8-1 favorites to secure the Lombardi Trophy in Houston.

The Broncos are considered a 14-1 shot to repeat while the Panthers are given 10-1 odds to take the final step that eluded them this time around. The Cardinals and Packers join the Panthers at that number while the Bengals slot in next to the Broncos. The Cowboys are ninth at 16-1 while the Chiefs, Colts and Vikings are at 20-1.

On the other end of the spectrum are the Browns. Hue Jackson is considered a 200-1 shot to lift the trophy in his first year on the sideline in Cleveland, which is way below the 49ers — the book’s 31st choice at 60-1 — and everyone else in the league.

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69 Responses to “Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers installed as early favorites for next season”
  1. paulieorkid says: Feb 8, 2016 9:29 AM

    Those three teams would be among my early favorites too, though Carolina has to be in that mix too. That team was dominant, and I see their star rising.

    And Denver also has be considered. Their defense is so strong (and deep) at all three levels – plus their offense has some serious weaponry too.

    One note about Seattle: their OL is brutal. It stinks. Badly. And Graham doesn’t block. And if Beast Mode retires, they can lean on Rawls (who is good) — but if he gets hurt, what’s behind him?

  2. jgedgar70 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    I’ve been saying it all year and I’ll say it again – what gambling addicts think has NOTHING to do with what happens on the field. NOTHING!

    And what good does it do to post odds when none of the 32 teams is going to be the same in August as they are now? How about waiting for free agency and the draft first?

  3. sirxba says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    The favorite will be whichever team snatches that hot commodity, I believe they call him Big John Football.

  4. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 8, 2016 9:32 AM

    Id give the Broncos a good shot to repeat Rex gross man could’ve won the super bowl for the Broncos last night. That’s not to take away from what manning did but if they loose that game we would be talking more about Peyton’s 140 yards passing

  5. 6ball says: Feb 8, 2016 9:35 AM

    .
    Love them or hate them, win or lose, the Patriots have always provided America with exciting playoff games and Super Bowls. Yesterday’s snooze fest was reminiscent of a dance recital. In the second half I decided to do my taxes. It was more fun.
    .

  6. jimmysee says: Feb 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    OK all youVikings fans — here’s a real chance to pave your way to easy street.

    Step up and place your bets!

    At 2o-1 it should be a nobrainer.

  7. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    Pittsburgh… laughable.

  8. beauregard says: Feb 8, 2016 9:52 AM

    PLEASE keep making the Broncos underdogs! They’ll be back to back champions..again.
    GO BRONCOS

  9. beastmode5150 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:54 AM

    Is cam newton gonna have cleats with his predicted stats on them to start next season?

  10. j0esixpack says: Feb 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    I donno – if the Broncos maintain that D, which can make a potent offense look impotent like they did in those last two games, I don’t care if they have an aging QB who needs HGH to stay on the field – they’re still dangerous.

  11. newpairofsox says: Feb 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    Pats are in the catbird seat.

  12. lscottman3 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    Injuries end up as the final factor

    Steeler and Patriot fans saw this last year

    Also bogus suspensions

    While some HGH users get a pass

    Dolphins should win 10, after finishing in last they get their easy schedule back

    And let’s not forget the Ravens

    Of course joe will have to redo his contract for them to bring in the players they need to compete

  13. clashpoint says: Feb 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    The in 2014 the Steelers had great luck with injuries, went 11-5 against an easy schedule and 0-1 in the playoffs.

    In 2015 the Steelers had bad luck with injuries, went 10-6 against a tough schedule and went 1-1 in the playoffs.

    Looks like progress to me and with a young team they’ll only be getting better.

    Go Steelers !

  14. fahqnfl says: Feb 8, 2016 10:01 AM

    now when Osweiler starts, DEN can say they have a SB winning QB taking over haha

  15. stellarperformance says: Feb 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    This may be a little high for Green Bay, but certainly correct being higher than Minnesota. Minnesota made great strides. They are a legitimate threat next year. But nobody believes they have leapfrogged the Packers. Nobody but their fans, I guess.

  16. fahqnfl says: Feb 8, 2016 10:03 AM

    Wade Phillips is the real leage MVP
    Wade’s defense won the SB, Kubiak’s offense sucked all year. I could have won at QB with that DEN D. go John Fox!

  17. superpatriotsfan says: Feb 8, 2016 10:07 AM

    Patriots are the clear favorite for another cheating scandal.

  18. crusty14 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:11 AM

    What is laughable about Pittsburgh Tyler? They made it into the 2nd round and were awfully close to advancing to the ac championship, even with all their injuries. I see no reason why they wouldn’t be considered as an early favorite to compete for the whole shebang!

  19. dansardo says: Feb 8, 2016 10:17 AM

    No NFC team should be favored to win th SB anytime soon. That conference has become very weak sauce. The real SB will be the afc championship game for at least a few years to come

  20. clashpoint says: Feb 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    jgedgar70 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:31 AM
    I’ve been saying it all year and I’ll say it again – what gambling addicts think has NOTHING to do with what happens on the field. NOTHING!
    —–

    So much this ^^^

    The odds are not based on how good a team is, they are based on how the oddsmakers think betting will go. The better the odds, the more they think people will be betting on that team. The teams at the top might be better, but they also just tend to have more bandwagon jumpers than other teams do. I remember just last century when the Patriots stank and no one was going to be betting on them, so their odds stank too. What a difference winning makes for those with no real team loyalty.

  21. 700levelvet says: Feb 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    Wait… Did the Steelers fire Tomlin??

  22. goattoday says: Feb 8, 2016 10:29 AM

    Didn’t Vegas have the Cowboys and Colts as favorites last year? Combined they won 11 games.

  23. iman62 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:31 AM

    Might as well put the Jets, Bills and Fins down with the Browns for odds. The only hope they have is if Brady retires soon.

  24. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Feb 8, 2016 10:50 AM

    Denver’s D should make them a co-favorite, but like Seattle found out last year, it is hard to keep a Super-Bowl-winning team together. Coaches leave, players leave…it is just impossible to maintain any kind of stability.

  25. summitmech says: Feb 8, 2016 10:53 AM

    The Cowboys at 16-1? Lol.

  26. gary2525 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:55 AM

    Come on y not the Browns they have a great chance of winning ONE GAME…lol

  27. damnsureis says: Feb 8, 2016 10:56 AM

    Wade Philips deserves credit, but let’s be honest. That defense is ridiculously talented. I can’t name one weak player. Possibly Talib and his dumb decision making. Not sure this go here, but I’m lazy to type it where it should and someone mentioned Philips.

  28. genericnflfan says: Feb 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    the Broncos are 100% odds to have won it last night. and deservedly so.

    Seriously though, the early odds are such a joke. I like them though because it helps me think of football throughout this miserable long offseason.

  29. clipper522 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    Do they realize the Steelers have to beat the Ravens to be considered a threat?

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 8, 2016 11:22 AM

    Any odds for the steelers over 1-1 is easy money.

  31. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    jimmysee says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    OK all youVikings fans — here’s a real chance to pave your way to easy street.

    Step up and place your bets!

    At 2o-1 it should be a nobrainer.
    __________

    You got that right. Put up a honeybee for a chance to win two large? I like those odds.

  32. steelcurtainn says: Feb 8, 2016 11:38 AM

    If the Steelers can ever stay healthy for once they have an excellent shot at winning it all. 2 years in a row they were without their starting rb and still managed to survive a playoff run. I like their odds as good as any top team next year.

  33. Stiller43 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:46 AM

    tylereifertisunstoppable says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:47 AM
    Pittsburgh… laughable.
    _________________________________

    They were a Toussaint fumble away from (likely) beating the current SB champs in their own house a few weeks ago.

    Oh and that was without their All Pro center, All Pro WR, Pro Bowl RB, backup RB, and with a QB coming off injury.

    They’ll get all their offensive pieces back next year, and the defense can’t really go anywhere but up from where it was.

    Why exactly are they laughable as a betting favorite?

  34. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 8, 2016 12:37 PM

    My Green Bay Rodgers should be at least 3-1. Every year.

  35. bleck5 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:43 PM

    The AFC is a lot stronger than the NFC these days..

    I feel the Patriots and Broncos will be the biggest threats once more again but will switch positions with NE winning the AFC and the Superbowl. (Theyve switched the last few years)

    We also cant count out the Ravens, Chiefs, or Steelers.

    The NFC will probably be a slugfest between Seahawks and Panthers…of course much could change this offseason.

  36. twincities90210 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    Brady, Manning, Wilson…REPEAT

  37. vikingforlife says: Feb 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    This whole conversation is a joke at this time of year!

  38. zampft says: Feb 8, 2016 1:29 PM

    Last year’s same picks?

    Seahawks: 5-1.
    Patriots: 6-1.
    Packers: 7-1.

    Real useful.

  39. psj3809 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:55 PM

    Deposits a great team I can’t see Denver being the same with Osweiler. Remember Griese taking over from Elway when the Broncos won back to back

    Denver will have a great team but teams will have an offseason to work out how to beat Osweiler

  40. PatriotDown says: Feb 8, 2016 2:22 PM

    The word on Boston radio today is that the Pats have just about talked recently retired OL coach Dante Scarnecchia into coming back…

    Hope they snag Megatron!!!

  41. expertatnfl says: Feb 8, 2016 2:54 PM

    The odds are more about betting than what team is best. The odds-makers take into account the number of people that will bet on a team. Teams like the Packers have a huge following so their odds look better even though they are mediocre at best.

  42. citizenstrange says: Feb 8, 2016 3:19 PM

    Unless the Steelers defense develops into a defense even better than the Broncos Small Ben in Big Games and his 16 points of playoff offense won’t get within sniffing distance of the Super Bowl.

  43. fmc651 says: Feb 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    What was Vegas’s odds on the Panthers last year? Also they won’t have that easy schedule this year. Packer fans think all they need is Jordy to return.

  44. alcore1 says: Feb 8, 2016 4:03 PM

    The Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl 51.

  45. charliecharger says: Feb 8, 2016 4:11 PM

    20-1 is pretty good odds for the Colts. They beat Denver this year, and went into overtime against Carolina. I’d say they’ll be right in the thick of it.

  46. sharrerwwonka22 says: Feb 8, 2016 4:50 PM

    The Panthers did a great job winning 15 games during the year, but let’s be real here, there were several other nfc teams that could’ve beaten the Broncos yesterday no doubt. The Vikings, Seahawks and Cardinals would have more than likely all 3 won that contest. The Panthers had a gravy schedule, and lucked out when the Vikes self destructed against the seahags…that’s one team neither the Broncos or Panthers would’ve matched up well with. It is what it is, many times the best teams in the league aren’t always the ones holding the trophy in the end, this year, neither team playing for it were the best in their conferences. As for the ridiculous comment about the afc being stronger than the nfc, I need some of what that guy’s smokin’! LOL!

  47. bleck5 says: Feb 8, 2016 5:07 PM

    sharrerwwonka22 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 4:50 PM
    The Panthers did a great job winning 15 games during the year, but let’s be real here, there were several other nfc teams that could’ve beaten the Broncos yesterday no doubt. The Vikings, Seahawks and Cardinals would have more than likely all 3 won that contest. The Panthers had a gravy schedule, and lucked out when the Vikes self destructed against the seahags…that’s one team neither the Broncos or Panthers would’ve matched up well with. It is what it is, many times the best teams in the league aren’t always the ones holding the trophy in the end, this year, neither team playing for it were the best in their conferences. As for the ridiculous comment about the afc being stronger than the nfc, I need some of what that guy’s smokin’! LOL

    ______________________

    The AFC has been stronger than the NFC since the turn of the milenia. If you actually know football you can see it is obvious as day. That guy wasnt lying, this year the superbowl was the AFC Conference Championship.

  48. chawk12thman says: Feb 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    This is about betting pattern’s folks……..overall, I don’t disagree that the top half and bottom half are on target. Betting on the top tier makes not sense as they likely are going to be in the running this coming year and the odds won’t change much. That bet can come half way through the season…..

    Spending money this time of year should only be speculative on a “surprise” team…….I do find it interesting that SF with their new coach that seems to fit their QB/personnel is actually worse than in previous year. They seem to be a good “bet” for big return on money. I just can’t bring myself to do that……:)

  49. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    All Steelers’ fans need is to read is something like this and they will go mortgage their houses to bet on the team. Keep in mind, they were swept by the Ravens and the only reason they got to the playoffs is that the Jets imploded. As for that illegitimate PO win, everyone knows it came from the refs who missed Joey Porter picking fights on the field.

  50. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:00 PM

    I think Seattle deserves to be on this list with their odds. In what many consider a down season with all the turnover, holdouts and all pro injuries and lack of preseason play bc of late season injuries the year before. The seahawks still won 10 games a playoff game and managed to overcome losing 5 coaches mostly defense and a total changing of the guard from Lynch to Wilson becoming an elite NFL qb.

    I think we’ll look back in a few years and see that this last season for the hawks was just as important as 2012 when Seattle officially arrived in the NFL to other fans and the media. The seahawks are still one of the youngest 3-4 teams in the league and have a huge portion of their core locked up. Yes their will be some turnover but they’ve shown the ability to develop..

    I think Den would have been near the top of this list if they had more players locked up and if Manning looked better. No matter what Brock hasn’t proved anything yet he’ll take his lumps which I believe was reflected by their odds to win.

    While many are victims of the moment calling Denver the best all time defense ( ridiculous statement) they were still only slightly better than the seahawks in some categories in an off year by the seahawks defense. I mean Seattle led the league in 4! Different important defensive categories namely scoring. I think the Colts bounce back and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pats finally look old.

  51. mrfrostyj says: Feb 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    Vegas called it last year with their pick of Carolina…oh wait…

  52. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 8, 2016 11:36 PM

    Let’s face it, the Steelers played Denver better than anyone else in the playoffs, they were actually leading most of the game. And of course they win if Brown doesn’t sit out hurt. No reason the Steelers shouldn’t be the downright favorite next season.

  53. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 9, 2016 8:05 AM

    I love to see the Steelers’ fans get their hopes up so I can LMAO when they get knocked out of contention for the 8th year in a row.

  54. ninkanpoopblog says: Feb 9, 2016 9:25 AM

    Funny how raven and Bengal fans jump in to tell you how the steelers will never go to the Superbowl never saying their team will enough said

  55. littlescuppernong says: Feb 9, 2016 11:39 AM

    You know who won’t be in the Super Bowl next year? The Bengals or the Ravens.

  56. littlescuppernong says: Feb 9, 2016 2:27 PM

    When the Steelers win the Super Bowl in the next few years, I have a funny feeling you won’t be seeing much of Tebow or citizenstrange around here.

  57. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    It won’t even take that littlescuppernong, citizen will disappear when Ben has a few good regular season games, only to appear again when Ben is playing below his abilities. That’s his m.o. And tebowed only comes out when he’s drunk, which unfortunately is often.

  58. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    Every team has a bad year but when your team goes from winning Superbowls to losing Superbowls to getting Tebowed out of the post season to having no post seasons to getting destroyed by Flacco and then getting Manninghandled by a QB who performed worse than Trent Dilfer, then it’s safe to conclude that your team is on the way down and will stay down for decades to come. Everyone knows that the win in Cincinnati wasn’t deserved. Coaches cheated. That mess in the end zone wasn’t even a catch. I wouldn’t brag too loud about getting another game handed to you by the refs.

  59. steelcurtainn says: Feb 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    Whenever you have an elite HEALTHY qb like Big Ben you always have a chance to win the superbowl. Andy Dalton will never know what that feels like and well the ravens they’ll be settling for 3rd place again this season unless the browns push em to the basement.

  60. littlescuppernong says: Feb 9, 2016 5:45 PM

    Who else thinks Bryant’s catch vs. Cincy was one of the top 3 catches all year? Because it was.

  61. ejmat2 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:55 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    This may be a little high for Green Bay, but certainly correct being higher than Minnesota. Minnesota made great strides. They are a legitimate threat next year. But nobody believes they have leapfrogged the Packers. Nobody but their fans, I guess.
    ——————————————–
    Wait, I think I missed something. Who was NFC North Champions again? I don’t know about the rest of you but I would call that leapfrogging whether or not I’m a Viking fan.

  62. Lou Stools says: Feb 9, 2016 6:08 PM

    steelcurtainn says: Whenever you have an elite HEALTHY qb like Big Ben you always have a chance to win the superbowl. Andy Dalton will never know what that feels like and well the ravens they’ll be settling for 3rd place again this season unless the browns push em to the basement.
    =====
    Feel better now? Wipe your tears and get back to work, McBeam . . . that floor won’t mop itself yinz know!

  63. Lou Stools says: Feb 9, 2016 6:10 PM

    littlescuppernong says: Feb 9, 2016 2:27 PM
    When the Steelers win the Super Bowl
    ====
    Feb 9 . . . Delusion season started a little early this year, didn’t it?

  64. ktm300xcwe says: Feb 9, 2016 6:42 PM

    This may be a little high for Green Bay, but certainly correct being higher than Minnesota. Minnesota made great strides. They are a legitimate threat next year. But nobody believes they have leapfrogged the Packers. Nobody but their fans, I guess.
    _________________________________________

    Well, they sure did leapfrog the Packers this year, didn’t they? 11-5 division Champs 5-1 Divisional record vs. 10-6 Divisional runner up and 3-3 Divisional record?

  65. stellarperformance says: Feb 9, 2016 6:50 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:55 PM
    Wait, I think I missed something. Who was NFC North Champions again? I don’t know about the rest of you but I would call that leapfrogging whether or not I’m a Viking fan.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    Hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out every prognostication that has already provided predictions for next year. Check them all out. All of them.

    You will find the Packers ranked ahead of the Vikings…..in all of them. Wasn’t my idea, but I agree with it.

  66. emoney826 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:39 PM

    The only reason the vikings won the division this year was because of injuries to the packers offensive line and WRs. When healthy, the packers are still the better team. We had a guard who never played tackle in the pros starting week 17. And no #1 receiver on the field. The vikings will be good next year, but there isn’t the slightest bit of worry in my mind that the packers don’t reclaim the division. Bridgewater just isn’t that good. He regressed from his rookie season.

  67. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 9, 2016 10:16 PM

    All we heard prior to the season was how often the packers had won the division, apparently owning the Vikings. Now that there’s a role reversal, we get to hear about injuries and desperately grasping at what experts are predicting. The same experts that last year this time predicted the pack would win the division.

  68. kmossg says: Feb 9, 2016 11:00 PM

    Man, packer fans are scared.

  69. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 6:44 PM

    Ravens probably coming in at 35/1(typical). They will sweep the Steelers again. The Browns are the Browns. And the Bengals offense and Dalton will regress with the loss of Hue Jackson. No way the Ravens have the luck they had. Half their roster including starters on IR. They have an early draft pick for a change. The schedule will be easier and even the officiating can’t be as bad(I don’t think but who knows in the NFL). They will make another playoff run. I think the Seahawks are the team to beat again in the NFC. Cam was exposed as an average QB in the SB.

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