If you think it's too early to start thinking about next year's Super Bowl, you need to go back and listen to new HC Marc Trestman's introductory press conference. He's got a day-by-day schedule for the Bears, leading all the way up to February 2, 2014.
If you had to guess as to who is the favorite to win the 2014 Super Bowl (XLVIII), what is the first team that comes to mind? Would it be the defending champion Baltimore Ravens? What about the oh-so-close runner-up San Francisco 49ers?
Nope, it's the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick's crew last won the Super Bowl eight years ago (2005), but they've made a couple of appearances since then as well (2008, 2012). And right now, they are the favorites to hoist the trophy in 2014.
Where do the Chicago Bears land? They currently sit at 30:1, along with the Redskins and Cowboys.
The complete list of current odds is here:
|ODDS TO WIN 2014 SUPER BOWL|
|New England Patriots||7 to 1||Indianapolis Colts||40 to 1|
|Denver Broncos||8 to 1||Minnesota Vikings||40 to 1|
|San Francisco 49ers||8 to 1||San Diego Chargers||40 to 1|
|Green Bay Packers||10 to 1||Carolina Panthers||50 to 1|
|Baltimore Ravens||14 to 1||Kansas City Chiefs||50 to 1|
|Houston Texans||14 to 1||Miami Dolphins||50 to 1|
|Seattle Seahawks||16 to 1||New York Jets||50 to 1|
|Atlanta Falcons||18 to 1||Philadelphia Eagles||50 to 1|
|New Orleans Saints||18 to 1||St. Louis Rams||50 to 1|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||18 to 1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||60 to 1|
|New York Giants||20 to 1||Cleveland Browns||66 to 1|
|Chicago Bears||30 to 1||Arizona Cardinals||100 to 1|
|Buffalo Bills||100 to 1|
|Washington Redskins||30 to 1||Tennessee Titans||100 to 1|
|Cincinnati Bengals||35 to 1||Oakland Raiders||150 to 1|
|Detroit Lions||40 to 1||Jacksonville Jaguars||150 to 1
The other NFC North teams show up at 10:1 (Packers), and 40:1 (Vikings and Lions). The runner-up 49ers sit pretty with the second-best odds at 8:1, and the reigning champion Ravens are at 14:1. We know it can be difficult to repeat in back-to-back seasons (only the Patriots have done so in the last 15 years), so those odds for the Ravens seem about right.
It's probably way too early to look too closely at the odds, what with Free Agency and the Draft still to come, but for now, how do you feel about the current odds?