Father Time is going to catch up to Tom Brady at some point, right? Though oddsmakers have the Patriots atop their Super Bowl 53 odds list, they do not for Super Bowl 54, when Brady will be the ripe old age of 42 (as if you didn’t already know that.)
Much to the dismay of Philadelphia city workers and officials, the Super Bowl 52 champs are favored, which makes plenty of sense. They won a Super Bowl with their backup so one would imagine they’d have an even easier time with Carson Wentz, the likely MVP had he stayed healthy, back under center. The only problem is they probably won’t be able to wear those dog masks.
The Rams are next up at +700. While Jared Goff didn’t quite have the same season as Wentz, he wildly improved and led LA to a surprising division title with the help of Todd Gurley. Rather shockingly, their division pals, the Seahawks, are quite far down the list at +3000. Do they think Russell Wilson will bounce and head elsewhere in free agency?
Ah, there are the Pats. Don’t get me wrong, +800 odds are pretty good for anyone else, but kind of low for the Patriots. A few things could happen one year from now. If Brady still looks great next season and the Patriots make another deep playoff run, they’ll probably be the favorites heading into next offseason. However, Brady could start looking old, Bill Belichick could retire or leave the team, and, gasp, Gronk could even retire. If any of those things happen, the Patriots’ odds could take a huge hit.
Oddsmakers have some faith in DeShaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo, as the Texans and 49ers hold the fifth and sixth spots, respectively. They obviously showed plenty of promise this season and having a top-tier QB is the key to winning in this league.
Coming in last place is not the Browns, who I would have to imagine are better due to all of the very high draft picks over the years. Maybe they even get a quarterback!
Instead, it is the Giants who hold the last spot. They had a rough go of it this season with all of their injuries, but oddsmakers have to assume Eli Manning will be out of town by then. Maybe they didn’t see that commercial, either…
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