Ticket Score – NFL Super Bowl 2018 Updates
Hope springs eternal for a large number of NFL teams with the 2018 regular season fast approaching. However, with just a few exceptions, the same Super Bowl contenders from a year ago have once again set their sights on the Lombardi Trophy.
For the fourth consecutive year, the New England Patriots will open the season as the favorite to reach the big game, according to Bovada Sportsbook. The 2019 NFL Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Patriots will be seeking their sixth NFL title and league-leading 11th Super Bowl appearance. A big reason that Bill Belichick & Co. are favored to reign over the competition this season is the quarterback, Tom Brady.
The 41-year-old GOAT, who has collected a record four Super Bowl MVP trophies, will look to become only the third passer in NFL history over the age of 40 to throw for more than 3,000 yards.
Barring a surprising Cinderella squad, the only teams in a weak AFC capable of dethroning the Patriots are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans.
The Steelers and their explosive offensive weapons, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown, have the fourth-best odds of reaching the big game. But the Jaguars and their elite defense remain serious contenders in a weak conference, while the Texans will be reinforced by electrifying second-year quarterback DeShaun Watson and Pro Bowler J.J. Watt.
The Los Angeles Rams reloaded this offseason and pushed aside the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to become the NFC favorites. The development of Jared Goff into a franchise quarterback and the rebound of Todd Gurley have the Rams opening the season with high expectations.
The ultra-talented division champion added Pro Bowlers Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Brandin Cooks and Aqib Talib to a team that already featured five Pro Bowl players. Wunderkind Head Coach Sean McVay will be looking to lead the Rams to their first Super Bowl since 1999.
The Eagles appear to be primed for another title run with the return of Carson Wentz and the additions of Michael Bennett, Mike Wallace, Haloti Ngata and Corey Nelson. Although the reigning NFC champion parted ways with several starters during the offseason, the Eagles still have the third-best odds of reaching Super Bowl LIII.
The playoff hopes of the Green Bay Packers came crashing down in mid-October last season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings. Without their field general, the Packers limped to a 7–9 record and failed to earn a playoff spot for the first time in eight years.
Green Bay enters the upcoming season with the fifth-best odds to reach the big game. For the first time in recent memory, the Packers were active on the free agent market and signed tight end Jimmy Graham to give Rodgers another dangerous weapon.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst sent popular receiver Jordy Nelson packing, but fortified the secondary with a pair of signings and bolstered the defensive line with former New York Jets interior lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
Minnesota fell just short last season in their quest to become the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. But with the addition of free agent signal-caller Kirk Cousins, and the return of running back Dalvin Cook, the Vikings have the sixth-best odds of advancing to this year’s title game.
The abundance of talented teams in the NFC might make the race to the Super Bowl next February a wide-open affair. Both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons could find themselves in the hunt for a championship, while the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys are two squads to keep an eye on.
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