The NFL season is days away and these five teams will have the best shot at playing for and possibly lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in early February.
Last season Denver finished 13-3 in its first season with Peyton Manning under center. Most online books including Bovada have the Broncos as the favorite to win this season’s Super Bowl with Manning returning in top form and new additions to the lineup.
The Broncos added Wes Welker to their receiving corps. His acquisition may have just rounded out the offense.
However, they have had a hiccup or two on defense with injuries to key players and the Von Miller the All Pro linebacker’s suspension. Nevertheless, they were and still are the class of the AFC.
Last season the New England Patriots finished 12-4 and led the league in total offense. The Patriots have made the postseason in all but one of the past 10 seasons and sportsbooks such as Topbet have made them the favorite for the AFC East title.
Their troubled offseason with Aaron Hernandez being arrested for murder has been a distraction but any time Tom Brady is on the field of play, the Patriots have a chance to win the game.
Welker got away from them and Rob Gronkowski their all world tight end is still trying to overall nagging injuries, including back surgery.
Look for the Patriots to be their deep in the postseason with a possible matchup between them and the Broncos for the AFC Title.
The NFC West has two of the top five teams in football and one of them is the Seattle Seahawks. Last season they finished 11-5 and will attempt to win the first Super Bowl of their franchise this season.
With Russell Wilson at quarterback, they have a dual run/pass threat and a top-flight running back in Marshawn Lynch.
Defensively the Seahawks have the best secondary in football led by Richard Sherman.
Injuries have slowed the defensive line a bit but by the second or third game, the defense will be back to top form.
San Francisco 49ers
The other great team in the NFC West is the San Francisco 49ers who finished last season 11-4-1.
Colin Kaepernick gives San Francisco an equally great of better run/pass option than Seattle. Odds are against the 49ers as they lost the Super Bowl last season and only two teams in the history of the game have returned to win the Super Bowl the following season.
The 49ers own one of the league’s best defenses led by Patrick Willis at linebacker. They will be without starting wide out Michael Crabtree, but offseason acquisition Anquan Boldin a veteran possession receiver will help.
Green Bay Packers
Last season the Green Bay Packers finished 11-5. At the start of each season, the Packers always come up when the Super Bowl is discussed thanks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Pack re-signed Rodgers to a long deal and retained his three receivers Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson making them a solid threat to win the NFC North and reach the NFC Championship.
Green Bay has been in the postseason all of the past four seasons with a Super Bowl win in 2011.