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Like clockwork, the New England Patriots proved once again who the best team is in the NFL. It was their third straight Super Bowl appearance and fifth in the last eight years. If ever the term dynasty applied, it applies to the Bill Belichick-coached Patriots. If there was any doubt they’d make a push for a fourth-straight Super Bowl appearance, we know that if the Belichick/Brady tandem are working their magic, the Patriots will make noise next season. 

Super Bowl LIII wasn’t what many expected it to be. The league’s second-best offense during the regular season was up against the most prolific play caller of all time. As a result, fans and pundits thought a showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots would be the perfect way to showcase the NFL’s transition to the fan-friendly big play offense. Instead, it was a defensive struggle to the very end and the total points scored were the lowest in Super Bowl history, at 13-3. For lovers of the defensive game, it was a dream Super Bowl. But for the average fan, it left many wanting more. Regardless, the Pats accomplished what they set out to do, and the Rams realized that having a tremendous offense does not equal Super Bowl championships.

With training camp just around the corner, there’s been plenty of offseason movement that could impact the NFL picture and the teams that are considered legitimate favourites. We’ll look at the major storylines from this offseason, how those events have affected the Super Bowl Vegas odds and which teams make up this year’s early Super Bowl favourites. 

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Mid way through the NFL’s offseason, things aren’t very different from where we left off at the end of last year. Coming off of another Super Bowl victory, the New England Patriots remain the favourites to repeat this season. But with so many up-and-coming stars looking to dethrone the Pats, the Super Bowl odds picture gets interesting after New England. 

The NFL’s most dynamic athlete and top offensive player, Patrick Mahomes, has his eye on taking the next step. His Chiefs came up short to the eventual Super Bowl champs in the AFC Conference Championship game, but the league MVP and his surrounding cast will look to build upon last year’s tremendous season. In the NFC, the Saints will be back with perhaps an even better team than last season. Many would argue that the Saints should have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl instead of the Rams after a botched pass interference call in the final two minutes of the NFC Championship Game. With that, the Saints will be on a mission to undo the wrongs from last year.

1. New England Patriots +700 NFL Odds

With Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement earlier this year, many were left wondering who Tom Brady would pass the ball to. Sure, Julian Edelman is a perennial receiver and Super Bowl MVP, but he’s only one man. In response, the Pats went out on a limb and drafted N’Keal Harry with their first-round pick (No. 32). Harry represents a big play option for Brady, and if Josh Gordon is reinstated, the Pats may own the best receiving corps in the league. In addition, New England traded for defensive end Michael Bennett to provide a sack threat on the defensive line. It seems like the Patriots have checked all the boxes this offseason and will make a push yet again this season.  

2. Kansas City Chiefs +750 NFL Odds

It seems impossible for the reigning MVP to improve upon last season’s 5,097-yard, 50 touchdown stats, but Patrick Mahomes is just 23 years old and will get better—that’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. But the Chiefs do face some obstacles heading into next season. Their top receiver, Tyreek Hill, is under investigation for child abuse and his future with the team is in question. The Chiefs were proactive in the draft, selecting WR Mecole Hardman out of Georgia with their No. 56 pick, but if Hill misses any time, they’ll need an established veteran to make up the void that the Pro Bowler will leave behind. 

3. New Orleans Saints +900 NFL Odds

New Orleans is a team that is seeking revenge. They’ve shown that they’re serious about returning to last year’s glory by signing one of the biggest free agents on the market in TE Jared Cook, who will complement the big play potential of Michael Thomas. They also drafted Erik McCoy, a perennial Center out of Texas A&M, to feed the ball to Brees. Look for the Saints to rebound in a big way in 2019-20.

4. Los Angeles Rams +1100 NFL Odds

The Rams were favourites on the Super Bowl betting lines during much of last season, but sit in fourth on the oddsboard at press. That drop likely reflects a lacklustre offseason to date for the Rams. Their most significant move to date has been the signing of former Packers favourite Clay Matthews. The Rams also drafted Safety Taylor Rapp to bolster their defense, but beyond that, this offseason has been a quiet one for the once favoured Rams.

5. Chicago Bears +1200 NFL Odds

The Chicago Bears were one of the great stories from last year’s NFL season. After struggling through four straight losing seasons and not making the playoffs for seven straight years, last year’s division championship was a breath of fresh air for the Bears. QB Mitch Trubisky has shown that he is the real deal and LB Khalil Mack leads a Bears’ defense that would make Mike Ditka proud. The Bears have been busy this offseason as well, adding the versatile Cordarrelle Patterson at wide receiver and HaHa Clinton-Dix at Safety. At +1200, the Bears may be the bargain that bettors are looking for on the Super Bowl lines.

*Odds as of April 30, 2019

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