NFL preseason odds had San Diego, Baltimore, Dallas, the Jets, Minnesota, New England, Indianapolis, Dallas, and Green Bay as the top football gambling contenders to dethrone the Saints.
The defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts opened as a 9/1 choice to win the Super Bowl after losing last year on Super Sunday to the Saints. The big advantage Indianapolis has is quarterback Peyton Manning, the 4-time NFL MVP. The problem with the Colts is age and a poor running game along with a defense that is not dominant.
The Saints will have the most explosive offense in the NFL led by quarterback Drew Brees but still have a leaky defense and will be the target of every opponent that they face. No Super Bowl champion has repeated since New England in 2004.
The Jets are an interesting choice at 10/1 as they emerged from nowhere to almost upset Indianapolis in the AFC Championship game. But New York did so without a reliable quarterback as rookie Mark Sanchez struggled and it took a powerful running game and defense to make the Jets fly.
The Jets will not offer much board value as the surprise element is gone.
The Dallas Cowboys were a 10/1 choice with the football odds to win the Super Bowl as they try to become the first team in NFL history to play at home on Super Sunday. Dallas is improving on both sides of the line and quarterback Tony Romo seems to be peaking.
The Minnesota Vikings were at 12/1 with their NFC North rival Green Bay Packers at 14/1 to win the Super Bowl.
Green Bay was one of the better teams on both sides of the line last year but Minnesota has a powerful defense and quarterback Brett Favre is coming off a fantastic season, though he reverted to his old reckless ways in Minnesota’s loss at New Orleans in the NFC title game.
Baltimore makes for an interesting 11/1 choice with the NFL preseason odds to win the Super Bowl as they have made the playoffs in back to back seasons and feature a strong defense and running game. If quarterback Joe Flacco returns to his form of 2008 this is a team that can go all the way.
The veteran New England Patriots were also at 12/1 and are always dangerous with Tom Brady.