The New England Patriots, just days removed from winning yet another Super Bowl title over the Los Angeles Rams, are co-favorites to win the next Super Bowl as well, checking in at +750 with most bookmakers. They are joined by the Kansas Chiefs as the top choice.
According to the early odds, the Rams and Saints currently find themselves at +900 odds to win it all come next season. Before the Super Bowl, the Patriots were third-choice behind the Chiefs and Rams, sliding into a three-way tie with those teams after their victory.
The Indianapolis Colts (+1400), Los Angeles Chargers (+1400), Philadelphia Eagles (+1600), Chicago Bears (+1700) and Cleveland Browns (+2000) round out the top nine at the moment. Not far behind are the Baltimore Ravens (+2200), Pittsburgh Steelers (+2200) and Minnesota Vikings (+2200) as of Wednesday.
With the majority of the league falling between +2000 and +10000 odds, the Cincinnati Bengals (+12500), Oakland Raiders (+12500) and Miami Dolphins (+15000) find themselves in the cellar of the league, according to 888Sport and SugarHouse in New Jersey.
These odds should come as absolutely no surprise at this point in time as the top and bottom of the league remain well ahead of -- and behind -- the pack in terms of their respective outlooks for next season.
While the Patriots and Chiefs ultimately served as the two top threats in the AFC this past season, with the Chargers quietly flying under the radar right behind these tandem of powerhouses at times, it doesn’t seem like an offseason away from the gridiron will change much in the conference fortunes for this trio.
On the other end of the spectrum, both the Bengals and Dolphins will enter the 2019-20 campaign with new head coaches alongside the Raiders, who are in full-on rebuild mode under the direction of head coach Jon Gruden.
As for the Rams and Saints, there does not appear to be a clear frontrunner between the two going forward, as this year’s NFC Championship Game couldn’t have been more evenly matched.
With the overtime thriller -- a game that was ultimately taken over by a massive blown call from the referees -- the Rams and Saints will more than likely battle it out once again come playoff time in 2019-20.
Unlike in the AFC, however, just about any team toward the top of the NFC has a shot at finishing behind the Rams and Saints, with the Eagles, Bears and Vikings seemingly the only real threats to Los Angeles and New Orleans right now.
Right in the middle of the crop of the early Super Bowl hopefuls, the Browns are perhaps the most intriguing team. Because the Browns are certainly on the upswing as a franchise, it is no surprise that Cleveland is getting at least a little love from the oddsmakers here.
However, before NFL bettors get ahead of themselves, the AFC North franchise must prove itself under the leadership of quarterback Baker Mayfield with yet another head coach now on board as well.