Which NFL Team Will Win The 2019 Super Bowl?
Which NFL Team Will Win The 2019 Super Bowl?
The Eagles proved last year that one offseason can make all the difference in the NFL, going from 7-9 to winning the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl. Are we in store for another surprise during the 2018-19 campaign? Or will familiar faces — Patriots, Steelers, Packers — once again prevail to raise a championship? We break down the team’s most likely to win it all come February!
Super Bowl 2019 Futures
These six teams currently have the best odds to win a Super Bowl title this season, per our friends over at Bovada:
- New England Patriots (+550)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+850)
- Los Angeles Rams (+850)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000)
- Minnesota Vikings (1100)
- Green Bay Packers (+1100)
Not a bad list. However, after pouring through research and stats, we’ve settled with a four-team group that we strongly believe gives you best chance to cash in that futures wager once February rolls around. Without further ado, here’s our best-value picks:
New England Patriots (+550)
As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are around, the Patriots will always be in the Super Bowl conversation. Even as the mainstream media likes to point at the two’s age — 66 and 41 years old, respectively — and write doom-and-gloom pieces about the end of New England’s dynasty, we’re not convinced.
Look, it’s not hyperbolic to say Brady is playing some of the best football of his life. Brady’s 102.8 quarterback rating last year was the fourth-best of his career and earned him an MVP trophy — at the oldest age for any such award winner in the four major American sports. And his 505 yards passing in the Super Bowl, another NFL all-time record, wasn’t the reason for New England’s loss.
There’s no doubt Brady’s supporting cast is weak this year, especially with Julian Edelman suspended the opening four games. But do people forget Brady has played most of his 19 seasons without premier talent surrounding him? The only Hall of Famer he’s played with is Randy Moss (and possibly Rob Gronkowski, who is still around).
Brady’s brought out the best in middle-tier talents like Troy Brown, Corey Dillon, and David Givens before. He’ll do the same this time around with the likes of Rex Burkhead, Chris Hogan, and Sony Michel, among others.
At the very least, you need to bet Patriots to win the AFC Championship. Sans Pittsburgh, it’s a noticeable weak conference and Patriots have proved time and time again they have the Steelers number. If you haven’t learned by now, it’s not smart to bet against Belichick and Brady.
Los Angeles Rams (+850)
First, let’s get this out of the way: the Eagles probably won’t repeat as Super Bowl winners. Simply put, history is against them. No one’s gone back-to-back since the Patriots in 2003-04. Playing with a target on your back is a real thing and Philadelphia will be getting every opponent’s best each week.
That means the NFC — and a spot in the Super Bowl against New England — is there for the taking. Our next three picks reflect that wide-open race.
We begin with the Rams, who won the offseason with one blockbuster acquisition after another. They completely revamped their secondary by adding Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, and Sam Shields, who have eight combined Pro Bowl trips. If that wasn’t enough, they signed Ndamukung Suh to beef up their defensive line that already features one of the league’s most-feared players, Aaron Donald.
Did I mention Los Angeles also traded for Brandin Cooks? The wide receiver, fresh off his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season, gives head coach and offensive genius Sean McVay another weapon in his arsenal.
I’m not saying Super Bowls are won in the summer, but it’s clear the Rams are in win-now mode (until quarterback Jared Goff is due for a contract extension in two years). McVay proved to be a miracle worker in his debut season, and with this roster, winning it all is very doable in his second campaign.
New Orleans Saints (+1400)
If not for a missed tackle by Marcus Williams in the waning seconds of the NFC Divisional playoff, New Orleans could very well be carrying an extra Super Bowl plaque. We’ll let bygones be bygones, but the Saints return with the most explosive offense in the NFL — which bodes well considering the recently-passed tackling rules that makes playing defense harder than ever.
While Brady has question marks around him, no such thing exists for Drew Brees. His backfield is occupied by two workhorses in Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The thunder-and-lightning combo will wear opponents down through the ground and air. As for Brees himself, he’s yet to pass for under 4,300 yards in 12 seasons with New Orleans. There’s no reason to believe that trend won’t continue.
San Francisco 49ers (+2000)
If you’re looking for a “darkhorse” Super Bowl pick, then you’ve found it with San Francisco. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and 49ers found their savior with Jimmy Garoppolo.
We’re all aboard the Jimmy G bandwagon. While the pessimist will point to his small sample size (seven career starts), the optimist will point to his unbeaten record — including 5-0 with last year’s 49ers team that won one game before he played under center.
But don’t think it’s a one-man show in San Francisco. Let’s not forget head coach Kyle Shanahan is two years removed from calling plays for the eighth-highest scoring offense in NFL history with the Falcons.
At the end of the day, +2000 is pure value here, especially when you have commodities at the game’s two most important positions, head coach and quarterback.
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