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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Ticket Score – Guide to the Best Bets to Win the NFC Championship
The Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles are the overwhelming NFC favorites to reach Super Bowl 53. However, an abundance of quality teams in the NFL’s strongest conference assures that neither the Rams nor the Eagles will have a cakewalk to the big game.
Despite losing Carson Wentz to an injury, the Eagles delivered the city their first Vince Lombardi Trophy. However, in a quarterback-driven league, Philadelphia surviving the loss of its franchise quarterback was an anomaly.
The Green Bay Packers watched their season go down the drain when Aaron Rodgers was hurt in Week 6, which is what usually happens when a team loses its field general. In America’s most popular sports league, the success or failure of a franchise hinges on the performance of the quarterback.
With the exception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals, every team in the conference has a legitimate chance to make the playoffs if their signal-callers can remain healthy and perform at a high level. Here are the five best bets to win the NFC championship this season.
Los Angeles Rams
The reigning NFC West champion is loaded on both sides of the ball. If Jared Goff and Todd Gurley can avoid serious injury, an explosive offense that added speedster Brandin Cooks in the offseason should light up scoreboards on a weekly basis. The Rams also boast an elite defense that added five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh. The only question mark facing this squad is how long it will take before 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald is signed to a new contract.
Although Nick Foles was not traded this past off season, there is no quarterback controversy in Philly. Wentz will be the starter when healthy and the high-flying Eagles are hungry for back-to-back titles. The Eagles will once again showcase a passing game that will include free agents Mike Wallace, Markus Wheaton and Kamar Aiken. Winning the NFC East will not be easy, but if Wentz returns to form this squad will have a chance to defend its Super Bowl title.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers were 4-1 and looking like Super Bowl contenders before Aaron Rodgers hurt his shoulder. Although the Packers released Jordy Nelson in a surprising offseason move, Rodgers did gain a big red zone target in free agent tight end, Jimmy Graham. While Green Bay failed to improve its pass rush, the defense should see improvement after adding a pair of talented corner backs in the draft and signing former New York Jets interior lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
The Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a monster contract in hopes that he is the final piece to a championship squad. The return of running back Dalvin Cook from an ACL injury will be key to the success of the offense. Defensively, Minnesota added free agent DT Sheldon Richardson and used their first-round pick on Central Florida CB Mike Hughes. The Vikings missed out on playing in Super Bowl 51 in their own backyard, but will enter this season with the same championship aspirations.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints 2017 season came to a heartbreaking end due to the Minnesota Miracle. But, Drew Brees & Co. have their best team since winning Super Bowl 44 and are a serious threat to win the NFC crown. New Orleans added talented defensive lineman Marcus Davenport with the 14th overall pick and gave Brees another offensive weapon by drafting Central Florida wideout Tre’Quan Smith in the third round. The Saints have a bad taste in their mouths after last season and should be one of the elite NFC squads this season.
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