Monday, May 30, 2011

A Look at the 2012 Super Bowl Odds

The road to the Super Bowl has already begun and the 2012 Superbowl Odds are already released at most major online sportsbooks, as there is hope for all 32 teams that this will be the year that they can claim glory. Making Superbowl predictions can be a tough prospect right now, knowing that there is still a heck of a lot to sort out via free agency and the signing of draft choices. But, once the NFL lockout situation is settled, a lot should become more clear. Here are a few NFL teams that seem to have good value right now:

We know that the defending Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, at 6 to 1 are going to be amongst the top choices in the league again this year. And why not? Aaron Rodgers was clearly the best quarterback in the postseason last year, his running game should be renewed with Ryan Grant getting healthy again, and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers' defense is second to none at times in the league.

The team that could be particularly dangerous this year is the Atlanta Falcons, who are (currently listed at 16 to 1 at Diamond Sportsbook). The Falcons really didn't have that many deficiencies this past season, and that was shown by the fact that they really stormed through the regular season to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Matt Ryan is one of the best up and coming quarterbacks in the league, and with the addition of Julio Jones from the NFL Draft this year, he has some great targets in Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez. His backfield is stacked with Jerious Norwood and Michael Turner as well. The defense has some holes, but you'd better believe if the team can really land free agent to be, Nnamdi Asomugha, there will be a lot of Dirty Birds flying around the Peach State this year.

In the AFC, we always have to look out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are once again amongst the favorites to win the Super Bowl at 13 to 1. Ben Roethlisberger just keeps finding ways to win games, and this defense just never seems to take a step backwards. The offensive line can't possibly be any worse this year than it was a season ago, and if this unit improves and the rest of the team stays relatively healthy, there's a great chance for the black and gold to make it back to the Super Bowl once again.

If you're looking for a long shot to take in the AFC, this might finally be the year that the Houston Texans get their acts together. At 33 to 1, we feel as though we are getting tremendous odds to win the Super Bowl on this team even though it has never been in the playoffs. The need for a second wide receiver is still there, but aside from that, the offense is a heck of a lot of fun to watch. The defense has to be better this year with Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips joining the fold, and you can tell that there is a huge emphasis on improving this unit through the NFL Draft this year. JJ Watt is a prototypical 3-4 defensive end, while Brandon Harris should help out the worst secondary in football. Imagine if Phillips gets his hands on Asomugha in the offseason just how dangerous this team can be, especially with Mario Williams coming off of the end in the 3-4? Now look at the rest of the division. The Indianapolis Colts look beatable all of a sudden, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are clearly in rebuilding mode.

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