Super Bowl 52 Opening Odds: Patriots, Cowboys Lead Betting Futures

After delivering the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history it shouldn’t be a surprise that the New England Patriots have opened as the favorites on the Super Bowl 52 odds.

Even with the Patriots’ Super Bowl 51 celebrations still going the sportsbooks did not waste any time looking ahead to next season. When the Super Bowl 52 futures dropped the Patriots were on top at +400. Tom Brady returning under center and Bill Belicheck running the show on the sidelines again will likely keep them there.

While New England is the Super Bowl favorite their Super Bowl 52 opponents, the Atlanta Falcons, don’t follow them. After Atlanta blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl the oddsmakers bumped them down a notch on the odds to +1200.

Atlanta will return their high-powered offense led by MVP Matt Ryan, but they need to avoid a Super Bowl hangover like the one that plagued the Carolina Panthers last season. Carolina went from Super Bowl runners-up to out of the playoffs.

Joining the Patriots and the Falcons near the top of the Super Bowl 52 futures are the Dallas Cowboys at +750 and the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at +1200.

The Cowboys appear to have a bright future after rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led them to the best record in the NFC last season. Both will need to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, but the big question facing the Cowboys this offseason is what to do with former starting QB Tony Romo?

The Packers were arguably the best team in football in the second half of the regular season last year, before coming up short against Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. Aaron Rodgers’ presence alone make the Packers a legitimate contender, but their defense remains a work in progress as does their running game with often-injured running back Eddie Lacy a free agent.

The Steelers also head into the offseason with a running back entering free agency. Le’Veon Bell, arguably the top running back in the league, is likely due a pay raise, but the Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on him. Also on the Steelers’ radar are the reports of Ben Roethlisberger pondering retirement. If Roethlisberger does decide to hang it up that would be a big blow to the Steelers’ Super Bowl 52 odds.

After the Cowboys, Steelers, and Falcons there is a group of three teams, the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, all at +1600.

Each has at least one big question entering next season. In Denver it’s at QB where Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch didn’t cut it last season. Oakland needs a healthy return from QB Derek Carr, who broke his leg late last season. For Seattle all the pieces appear to still be in place for another title run, but they need to address their running game, which was non-existent most of last season.

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