Patriots Again to Enter 2017 as the Favorite to Take Home Super Bowl LII

The Super Bowl is still in the rear view mirror for most NFL fans, and what a Super Bowl it was. The New England Patriots, left for dead by almost everyone after 45 minutes of play, rallied for the most craziest comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 25-point deficit to beat the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons to win the game eventually in overtime 34-28.

Now that the big game is over and 2016 is totally in the books, it’s never too early to start looking at 2017, and the Super Bowl betting odds that are already being set and where Vegas has the 32 teams around the NFL sitting to become champions already for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Right off the bat the champion New England Patriots will enter next season with 5-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are a young team with plenty of talent, and any team with Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick on the sidelines is going to be tough to beat.

The Dallas Cowboys, who were the number one seed in the NFC this past season despite losing in their first playoff game to the Green Bay Packers, are number two on the list at 10-1. Like the Pats, they are young and have two great rookies that should get them right back to the promise land of the postseason.

Third on the list are the runner-ups in the AFC from this past season, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who come in at 10-1 as well. The black and gold won two playoff games against the Dolphins and Chiefs, but were blown out in the AFC Title game by the Pats. They are still a very good team with Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and should challenge New England for the top spot in the AFC.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come in next at 12-1, they are a team that again is chock full of talent, but again didn’t play well at all in the NFC Title game and were blown out by the Atlanta Falcons. With all the pieces and parts in Lambeau, count on the Packers being a tough out in the NFC again in 2017.

The Seahawks are 12-1 as well to win the Super Bowl, and again in a tough NFC, they are a team that can still make plenty of noise. Their defense took a slight step back in 2016, but don’t count them out, as they are a hard team to beat, more so at home. They were overwhelmed by the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, but will be back in 2017.

The final team at 16-1 is that of the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, a surprise given the title was in their grasp in Houston in Super Bowl LI, and they simply couldn’t finish. The Falcons still have a high flying offense that will give other teams in the NFC issues, but as usual repeating in the NFC is going to be very tough to do.

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