PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE
By Leo Haggerty
WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWN
Today, Caesars Sportsbook posted their latest odds on which National Football League team will win Super Bowl LV. Below are some of the more intriguing possibilities as it applies to the team that could hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Tampa. Enjoy.
Let’s deal with the likely American Football Conference division winners first. Not surprisingly, the Kansas City Chiefs are the front-runners to repeat as champions at 4-1 The Baltimore Ravens are their closest pursuer at 7–1. New England, minus Tom Brady, is still in the hunt according to the Vegas bookmaker putting the Patriots at 20-1. The Indianapolis Colts, with newly acquired QB Pihilip Rivers expected to line up under center, come in at 25-1.
Now, let’s look at how the projected National Football Conference division winners stack up. The San Francisco 49ers, runner up in the last Super Bowl, opened at 7-1 and are already a +750 to take the hardware back to the Bay area. After that, it’s a logjam with the other three franchises The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 11-1 Dallas is in the mix with the Cowboys at 13-1 and the Green Bay Packers round out the field at 16-1.
Now, I think we need to examine some of the unique betting lines. I think you’ll find some of these very interesting.
Staying with the NFC, there are three teams that could jump up into the mix if any of the clubs above them stumble. The Seattle Seahawks are 12-1 with the New Orleans Saints at 13-1 and the Philadelphia Eagles at 20-1.
Also, don’t go to sleep on the Los Angeles Rams at 30-1. The West Coast crew is only a year removed from going to the Super Bowl. Plus, the move into palatial SoFi Stadium will help exponentially.
Over to the AFC and it’s not as crowed at the top with potential Super Bowl candidates as in the NFC. Only the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, both at 25-1, are the only legitimate contenders.
With that being said, keep an eye on the
Tennessee Titans even at 30-1. Trust me when I tell you that last year wasn’t a fluke. As long as RB Derrick Henry is carrying the mail, the guys from Nashville have a shot.
Well, there you have it. If you’re a gambler, you are all set. If I’m betting the mortgage, I’m staying away until a day or two before the season begins.
Right now, way too many variables on the table. Let some of those vanish before I place my bet.
That’s what I would do. What about you?