We’re heading into the second weekend of the 2019 preseason in the National Football League, which means that it is time to start looking at futures opportunities for sports betting enthusiasts. One of these involves looking at which team will advance to the Super Bowl from each conference. Last year, the Los Angeles Rams beat Dallas and then New Orleans to make the Super Bowl before falling to the New England Patriots, who had beaten the Chargers and then Kansas City to make Super Bowl LIII. We have your top five (including ties on the odds list) teams that the books have going to Super Bowl LIV, as well as some important information you need to know for each team.
Betting Stats for Top Five NFC Super Bowl LIV Favorites
New Orleans Saints
- Super Bowl LIV Odds: 4/1
The Saints lost tight end Ben Watson but replaced him with Jared Cook…they lost Mark Ingram at tailback but brought in Latavius Murray. Nick Easton joins the offensive line as the team’s center, and most of the key players who contributed to the Saints’ run have returned. And why not? The Saints were just a missed pass interference call away from the Super Bowl, right?
A key question involves Drew Brees, who according to analysis by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, was terrific in the first 10 games of 2019 but then started to falter. In that NFC Championship , he only averaged 6.2 yards per attempt, and he did have that key interception in overtime. Is he on the wane, or will he help the Saints get to the Super Bowl?
Los Angeles Rams
- Super Bowl LIV Odds: 5/1
The Rams bid good-bye to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who wreaked havoc in the postseason, and C.J. Anderson, who provided a needed alternative to Todd Gurley II in the backfield. They added LaMarcus Joyner at safety to replace the departing Eric Weddle, and Clay Matthews joins the defense as a pass rush specialist.
Weddle and Matthews may be past their prime but still have enough in the tank to contribute on offense. It will be interesting to see if Gurley and Cooper Kupp are healthy enough to contribute this season — and whether the Rams respond positively to that dreaded post-Super Bowl loss hangover.
- Super Bowl LIV Odds: 5/1
The Eagles no longer have a security blanket at quarterback, as backup Nick Foles is now in Jacksonville, and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld suffered a serious injury in the preseason opener. The team also lost wideouts Golden Tate and Jordan Matthews, so it will be interesting to see how the passing game goes — and how durable Carson Wentz is. The team beefed up their D-line with Malik Jackson and Vinny Curry and brought in Andre Dillard to stabilize the O-line.
- Super Bowl LIV Odds: 13/2
Chicago saw wideout Kevin White, tailback Benny Cunningham, cornerback Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos leave in the offseason, but they replaced those players with Cordarrelle Patterson, David Montgomery, Buster Skrine and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, respectively.
The Bears had a terrific 2018 season but then saw Cody Parkey hit the upright and the crossbar with a 43-yard-field goal attempt that ended up missing in an ugly playoff loss to Philadelphia. They have been practicing 43-yard field goals throughout training camp. Can they win an NFC North that has resurgent teams in Green Bay and Minnesota?
Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings
- Super Bowl LIV Odds: 9/1
Dallas won the NFC East last year, but they elevated Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator despite his lack of coaching experience. The Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott down in Cabo, holding out for an extension despite having two years left on his rookie deal. They have Dak Prescott turning down a $30 million per year contract extension. They have Jerry Jones comparing himself to a man who just lost a hand in a car accident in an interview. It’s safe to say that the chaos factor is high in Big D.
Minnesota has two terrific receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and a talented quarterback in Kirk Cousins. However, that combo did not work well in 2018. Can Cousins figure things out in 2019? Green Bay has the always competitive Aaron Rodgers returning at quarterback, as well as a new head coach who promises to open things up offensively. Of these three teams, I rate the Packers the highest — because of their quarterback situation.