Wasn’t crazy to see an amazing playing career like Ray Lewis’ have a storybook ending? But, what will happen in the post-Lewis era in Baltimore? Can the Ravens repeat without him next year? To answer that, and many other questions, we will take a look at the 2014 Super Bowl future odds & give you our very early NFL predictions.
So, it should come as no surprise that the Ravens are once again being overlooked as Super Bowl contenders yet again. For those who follow the game closely, it’s easy to understand that concept, given the scarcity of back-to-back Super Bowl champs. Want to see what the experts are predicting early on? Sign up for NFL expert picks for all your collegiate and pro football needs!
In this particular instance, Baltimore is getting the exact same treatment the New York Giants did before the start of the season, as their odds to win 2014 Super Bowl are close to falling out of the top-10. So, where exactly do NFL oddsmakers see the defending champs in the big picture?
Early on, the Ravens are listed as a very profitable +1400 money-line bet to win consecutive Vince Lombardi trophies. As it turns out, Baltimore has the exact same chances of winning it all, as its biggest AFC North nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1400).
So, who will go into the season as the team to beat in the NFL betting world? Given that it has sort of become customary every year around this time, it comes as no surprise that the New England Patriots are the early favorites in the 2014 Super Bowl future odds & NFL predictions favorites.
Tom Brady and the Pats were stunned at home in the AFC Championship game by a Ravens team on a mission. Also, the fact that they didn’t have Rob Gronkowski for a second consecutive year deep in the postseason is also very likely to have diminished their chances. With a full roster healthy, it’s understandable why NFL oddsmakers list the Pats as +600 money-line favorites.
It also comes as no shocker that the team with the second best odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII is none other than this year’s runners up. That’s right, the San Francisco 49ers are currently listed as a very close second place in this category. Currently, Jim Harbaugh’s chances of going all the way stand slightly below Bill Belichick’s at +700.
But, who do we at OSH believe will get it done nest season? Will it be Tom Brady and the Pats or now that they’ve had their hearts broken, are the Niners mentally and emotionally ready to get it done?
For all intents and purposes, it would be safe to assume that if healthy, and with the current roster pretty much intact, that San Francisco is definitely the team to beat in 2014. Why the Pats over the Niners? One word: Defense! See a complete list of 2014 Super Bowl future odds right here!
- 2014 Super Bowl predictions: San Francisco 49ers (+700)
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