In case you were unaware, bookies release next year’s Super Bowl odds immediately after the Super Bowl. The odds for the 2020 NFL Super Bowl have been out since February and there was no doubt in my mind that the New England Patriots would open up as favorites.
Not only can you bet on who will win next year’s Super Bowl already, but most bookmakers have already released conference championship odds and division winner odds.
The 2019 NFL draft is later this month (April 25th – 27th 2019) and all the talk has gravitated towards whether or not the Arizona Cardinals will use the #1 pick on Kyler Murray. The OU star decided to forgo playing MLB baseball so that he could enter the NFL draft.
I won’t spend anymore time talking about the draft, as the top contenders aren’t relying on a draft pick to push them over the hump. The teams drafting early aren’t going to be Super Bowl contenders this season, although drafting the right QB could lead to these teams being contenders in the future.
Look no further than the Cleveland Browns. They believe they’ve finally found their QB in Baker Mayfield and they’ve been doing their best to surround him with talent. Cleveland are favorites to win the AFC North and are 5th in the 2020 Super Bowl futures market.
The Browns biggest move was trading for Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants.that gives Mayfield a legitimate #1 WR and it’ll open up more opportunities for the other WRs.
Cleveland are priced at 15/1 and I believe they present value at these odds. The offense has extreme potential with Mayfield, Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Antonio Callaway. The defense is young and has a lot of room to improve as well.
New England are 6/1 favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2020. The Patriots dynasty looked in jeopardy throughout most of the regular season last year, but once the playoffs began they switched gears and ended up winning the 2019 Super Bowl against the LA Rams.
It was one of the least entertaining Super Bowl games I’ve ever watched, but the Patriots won 13-3 after having a 10-point 4th quarter. Until Tom Brady and Bill Belichick retire the Patriots will remain a contender to win more rings. Rob Gronkowski has retired, though, and while I don’t think his retirement will derail the dynasty, it’ll definitely hurt.
The three teams priced between the Patriots and Browns are the Kansas City Chiefs (8/1), Los Angeles Rams (8/1) and New Orleans Saints (11/1). Out of these three teams, the Chiefs are likely going to be the strongest contenders to dethrone the Patriots.
Patrick Mahomes is the real deal, but this is a huge season for him. Teams will be ready for him this upcoming season and he won’t have the element of surprise. KC will have learned some lessons from their loss to the Patriots (37-31 OT) in the AFC Championship Game.
I’m recommending a bet on the Patriots to win the NFL Super Bowl. I’ll also be betting on the Browns. While it’s unlikely a team as inexperienced as the Browns will win it all, there’s no denying that the Browns will be a fun team to watch with the offense they’ve built.
Lastly, I want to leave you all with my best 2020 NFL futures bet. In the division winners market you can currently bet on the Indianapolis Colts at +130 to win the AFC South.
The Colts went 10-6 last year and finished behind the Houston Texans (11-5), but the Colts came on strongly late in the season. Indy won their final four regular season games and they defeated the Texans (21-7) in the wild card round of the playoffs.
I expect the Colts to win the division this upcoming season. Indy has a top 10 defense and with Andrew Luck healthy, the offense has become a top 5 unit again. Strengthening the WR position should be a priority while adding to the defense in the NFL draft.