A WAY Too Early Look At Super Bowl LVII

A WAY Too Early Look At Super Bowl LVII
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Frank Weber
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Frank Weber
Updated: 
August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

The Los Angeles Rams are your Super Bowl LVI champions, taking down the Cincinnati Bengals in a nail-biting fashion. Joe Burrow had a chance to get his team in game-tying range with less than a minute left, but a fourth-down sack by Aaron Donald not only secured the Rams the win–but it secured the end to the 2021 NFL season.

So…now what? The NBA isn’t even at their All-Star break so we have months until NBA Playoffs, and regular-season Hockey is kind of a snooze-fest. Normally, I would be getting into baseball mode right now, but with the lockout still holding strong, it’s hard to tell if the season will even start on time.

So, when things look their darkest, it’s only fair to turn to the one thing that has always and will always be there for us sportswriters: WAY too early predictions.

And what better event to predict than the 2023 Super Bowl?? I’ll be using the future odds given at BetMGM Sportsbook for this story. If you are interested in registering for BetMGM, you can use the Promo Code ODDSEEKER upon registration and get up to $1000 in free bets!

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So, without further ado, let's get started.

The Favorites

Buffalo Bills (+750), Kansas City Chiefs (+750), and the Los Angeles Rams (+1100)

So the Bills and the Chiefs are the two main favorites to hoist the Lombardi trophy in 2023, and how can you really say otherwise? The shootout between the two in the AFC Divisional round had Super Bowl potential written all over it, and each team proved their spot amongst the best in the NFL. Both teams are manned by young QB’s who are only getting better, and have supporting offensive weapons that shouldn’t be going anywhere. Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, and Dawson Knox should ALL still be on their respective teams come the 2022 season, so neither of these teams really have anything to fear.

However, who SHOULD be fearful is the Rams. The Rams sold out a bit this year to win the Lombardi trophy, and it worked. However, after every sellout usually comes a bit of rebuilding–and with the future of both Von Miller and Aaron Donald up in the air, we can already see the possible downfall of this Championship-winning Rams team. If you want to place a future on the Rams, I would wait a bit–because if Donald decides to retire, you could definitely expect those odds to drop a bit. However, as long as Cooper Kupp is healthy and available, you can always count on this team to at least be a contender.

The Second Tier

Cincinnati Bengals (+1200), Dallas Cowboys (+1200), Denver Broncos (+1600), Green Bay Packers (+1600), and the San Fransico 49ers (+1600)

There are definitely a few interesting teams to watch in this group, but the two most interesting have to be the Bengals and the Broncos. Seeing how the Bengals bounce back from their Super Bowl LVI loss will be a narrative all year long. If Joe Burrow can bring the same energy next season that he did this season, then they may be in store for a second Super Bowl appearance. Now the Broncos, on the other hand, are relying mostly on this offseason to live up to their +1600 odds. Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is suspected to sign with the Broncos this offseason, so the +1600 is relying heavily on that. If Rodgers DOES sign with Denver, you can be sure those odds will skyrocket.

Now another team I’d keep on my radar in this group is the Niners. The Niners gave every team trouble this year and really looked like a contender deep into the playoffs. Their only problem was their QB, which is an issue they have already said they will be addressing. If they can get something nice in return for Jimmy Garapollo, and if Trey Lance turns out to be the real deal, this Niners team could really make another push next season.

The Third Tier

Arizona Cardinals (+2000), Baltimore Ravens (+2000), New England Patriots (+2200), Tennessee Titans (+2200), Indianapolis Colts (+2500), Los Angeles Chargers (+2500), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+2500)

Let me set some things straight before I start: I’m staying away from the Cardinals (until we figure out what’s going on with Kyler Murray) and the Colts (because they are a train wreck). But other than those two teams, this group has some solid underdog contenders. The Chargers are my favorite pick out of this group, especially if they can stay healthy and build off of the success Justin Herbert had in 2021.

The Titans are great at +2200 as well, especially if they can continue to improve their offensive line and bolster Derrick Henry’s run game.

The Field

Here’s how the rest of the field looks:

  • Cleveland Browns (+3000)
  • Minnesota Vikings (+4000)
  • New Orleans Saints (+4000)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (+4000)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (+4000)
  • Seattle Seahawks (+4000)
  • Atlanta Falcons (+5000)
  • Carolina Panthers (+5000)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (+5000)
  • Miami Dolphins (+5000)
  • Washington Commanders (+5000)
  • Chicago Bears (+6600)
  • New York Giants (+8000)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (+10000)
  • Detroit Lions (+15000)
  • Houston Texans (+15000)
  • New York Jets (+15000)
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