The Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year in any sport and in 2014 this sport will be under more scrutiny that it has ever received. The big game will be hosted by New York / New Jersey and with the possibility of bad weather and halftime show difficulties; this could be one of the most interesting Super Bowls in decades. Updated 1/20/2014
The New England Patriots were favorites once upon a time, but after the Aaron Hernandez saga, the odds dropped from 15-to-2 to 6-to-1. There are several reasons why the Patriots will struggle this season, but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady always find a way to make the Patriots a contender. There are other teams that have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl this year.
The Broncos were a botched play away from hosting the AFC Championship game and with Peyton Manning back and healthy the Broncos are legitimate e contenders to win the Lombardi Trophy. The Broncos were one of the teams that were able to benefit from the Patriots problems and are now favorites to win the AFC. However the recent potential suspension of Von Miller could be a problem down the road.
The San Francisco 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl in 2013 and with a young team and a great coaching staff it is no surprise that the 49ers are favorites to add another trophy to the case in San Francisco. They are wheeling and dealing in hopes of winning it all, but the tough schedule could lead to a difficult season for the 49ers.
2014 Super Bowl Odds: Long-shots
Picking a favorite to win Super Bowl XLVIII is easy, but what about some long-shots? Here are three long-shots that have a chance to win the Lombardi Trophy in 2014.
The Giants have gone through some transition in the off season but they still have Eli Manning under center. As long they have an intimidating defense and Manning throwing the ball they will always have a chance to win it all. Like some of the other teams in this article, the Giants are dealing with suspensions. This will cause a change on the Giants defense that could make this team vulnerable in 2013.
The Saints had one of their worst years defensively and it only can get better. Drew Brees still leads one of the best offenses in the NFL and with Sean Payton back to coach the team the Saints can win the Super Bowl. The real question will be on defense as the Saints will try and rebound from one of the worst defensive efforts in professional football.
What is a Super Bowl prediction article without a true dark horse? The Arizona Cardinals played impressively on defense but they just needed a suitable quarterback. With a new coaching change the sky is the limit for this franchise. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are hooking up early and that could be good news for the Cardinals.
BOOKIE BLITZ 2014 SUPERBOWL PREDICTIONS
NFC Champions: Green Bay Packers (Odds to win NFC:5-to-1)
AFC Champions: Houston Texans (Odds to win AFC 5-to-1)
Super Bowl XVLVII Champions: Green Bay Packers 9-to-1
For a complete list of the 2014 odds to win the Super Bowl click here for the breakdown of every team and their chances to win the Super Bowl.
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