It’s never too early to start breaking down who the next Super Bowl winner will be, even if the most current winner was just crowned last weekend. The Baltimore Ravens are currently going off at +1400 to defend their title in 2014 at Sports Interaction.
For the Ravens to repeat, they will need to overcome some obstacles. First they’ll have to re-sign free agent Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco, which is likely to happen. Then they’ll try to become the first team in nine years to win back-to-back titles – New England did it in 2004 and 2005. They’ll have to do so without the retired Ray Lewis, who has been the face of this franchise for over a decade; the Ravens went 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games before Lewis’ return to action.
The Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers are going off at +700 to win the Super Bowl in 2014. One of the biggest questions surrounding the 49ers this offseason is will defensive coordinators be able to come up with an answer to the read option in 2013? If not, there is no reason to believe Colin Kaepernick won’t lead the team to another big year on offense, and you know Jim Harbaugh’s defense will once again be a physical force.
In order to get to the Super Bowl this season, Baltimore had to knock off the AFC’s top two teams, who should both be major threats again in 2013. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the current favorite to win Super Bowl XLVII at +600 and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos aren’t far behind at +800. Neither of these elite quarterbacks have shown any signs of slowing down as they get older.
Other early favorites include the Green Bay Packers (+900), Houston Texans (+1100), and Seattle Seahawks (+1200). Green Bay is just a couple years removed from its Super Bowl win in 2011, and Aaron Rodgers has led the team to two strong regular seasons since then; but the Packers defense was exposed against San Francisco this postseason. Houston and Seattle both have excellent quarterback/running back tandems in Matt Schaub and Arian Foster in Houston and Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.
A few recent Super Bowl winners are going off at long odds in the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1800), New York Giants (+2000), and New Orleans Saints (+2000).