You’ll notice immediately I used the term ’50’ instead f the Roman numeral ‘L.’ This is because the National Football League recognized the potential issues by having their marquee game represented with a big ‘L.’ This often stands for “loser” or well…. You get the picture.
Anyway with the season officially over, here are your odds for next season already.
Odds to win the 2016 Super Bowl
Seattle Seahawks 5/1 – Can they overcome perhaps the toughest loss in Super Bowl history?
New England Patriots 7/1 – As usual, this team will look different in several areas as they attempt to repeat.
Green Bay Packers 8/1 – Another team struggling to get past a horrible loss. At least it wasn’t in the Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos 10/1 – Keep an eye on this, if Manning doesn’t return, the odds will drop considerably.
Dallas Cowboys 14/1 – Can they repeat the success of this past year and what about Dez Bryant’s contract?
Indianapolis Colts 14/1 – Must solidify the running game and the running defense to build around Andrew Luck.
Philadelphia Eagles 20/1 – Late season swoon should be forgotten as Nick Foles returns under center.
San Francisco 49ers 20/1 – With Harbaugh gone, can Jim Tomsula get Colin Kaepernick back on track and can the defense get younger?
New Orleans Saints 22/1 – Rob Ryan returns despite a brutal defense in 2014 but the offense needs some work too behind an aging Drew Brees.
Pittsburgh Steelers 25/1 – Offense was prolific, but defense needs serious upgrades. Ben Roethlisberger contract situation a top priority too.
Arizona Cardinals 33/1 – Imagine what this team could do with consistent QB play? Larry Fitzgerald contract also an issue.
Baltimore Ravens 33/1 – Ravens blew 14-point lead to eventual champion Pats; pieces are there but depth needed.
Detroit Lions 33/1 – Big step for the entire organization in 2014, but Matthew Stafford must play better on a consistent basis.
Atlanta Falcons 40/1 – Team has addressed defensive liabilities by bringing in Dan Quinn; now the talent must get better.
Carolina Panthers 40/1 – Under .500 division title likely saved Ron Rivera’s job but team must improve in 2015.
Chicago Bears 40/1 – John Fox will bring in some stability but can he do anything to make Jay Cutler better?
Cincinnati Bengals 40/1 – Andy Dalton is now in a must-win situation. Getting to the playoffs is nice, but 0-4 is unacceptable.
Houston Texans 40/1 – Who is the QB entering the season and can J.J. Watt get some help on the defensive end?
Kansas City Chiefs 40/1 – Chiefs must get more out of wide receivers and keeping Justin Houston on D a priority.
Miami Dolphins 40/1 – Somewhat surprisingly, Joe Philbin is back but he’ll need to find more consistency from his entire team.
Minnesota Vikings 40/1 – There’s a lot to like in Minnesota but still many pieces to be put in place by Mike Zimmer.
New York Giants 40/1 – I’m a little surprised to see Tom Coughlin back and his fate will rest on Eli Manning’s shoulders.
San Diego Chargers 40/1 – When is the last time Philip Rivers won a huge game? Chargers’ fans would like to know.
St. Louis Rams 40/1 – If this team gets consistently good QB play are they a team to watch in 2015?
Buffalo Bills 66/1 – Kind of an odd hire in Rex Ryan. Defense wasn’t the problem in Western New York.
Cleveland Browns 66/1 – One QB (Hoyer) is a free agent and wasn’t great. The other QB (Manziel) is now in rehab.
New York Jets 100/1 – Will Todd Bowles stick with Geno Smith or does he have another agenda?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1 – Mariota or Winston? There are risks and rewards for each.
Tennessee Titans 100/1 – If they decide to go QB, they’ll likely be stuck with whoever is left over after Tampa selects.
Washington Redskins 100/1 – My gut tells me Jay Gruden would love to move on from RGIII but he won’t. Can he stay healthy is the question.
Jacksonville Jaguars 200/1 – Don’t be a bit surprised if this team is greatly improved. Skill players needed but there is a decent nucleus.
Oakland Raiders 200/1 – I’m not overly impressed with the Jack Del Rio hire. Someone to groom Derek Carr would have been better.