It seemed as if Super Bowl 51 had just ended and already the champion New England Patriots were being named the early favorite to repeat in 2017 and win Super Bowl 52. Head coach Bill Belichick and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady will surely be hard to beat in the AFC. However at least four teams have exactly what it takes to dethrone the Patriots and take home the Lombardi Trophy. Here’s a look at four teams not named New England that are early favorites to win according to the Super Bowl 52 odds.
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Romo just recently announced his retirement from the game. The Cowboys are looking ahead to improving upon their 2016 season where they were eliminated from the postseason by Green Bay in the Divisional Playoffs. The offense returns its dynamic duo of Prescott and Elliott as well as veteran TE Jason Witten and WR Dez Bryant. Prescott was outstanding as a rookie completing nearly 68 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns. More importantly, he threw just four interceptions. Elliott, who finished second to Prescott in the league’s Rookie of the Year race, ran for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs. A healthy Bryant (50 rec., 796 yds., 8 TDs) will make Dallas even harder to defend. The defense is improving and the Cowboys had the NFL’s best run defense in 2016. Super Bowl 52 odds on the Dallas Cowboys
Remember, it was the Falcons that won the NFC title and held a commanding 28-3 lead over the Patriots before falling apart. The Atlanta roster will remain virtually intact and that includes the bulk of the NFL’s top scoring offense. League MVP Matt Ryan returns to run an offense that is loaded with talent. Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns, six of them to WR Julio Jones (83-1,409). The running game features Devonta Freeman (1,079 yds) and Tevin Coleman (520) who combined for 19 touchdowns. The only piece missing is offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan who left to take the head job in San Francisco. Where the Falcons must improve is on defense and head coach Dan Quinn will make sure Atlanta does. Defensive end Vic Beasley (15.5 sacks) is an emerging star. Atlanta gets an early Super Bowl test in Week 7 when it faces New England.
If there is an offense in the league that can compete with Atlanta, it’s in Pittsburgh. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who toyed with the idea of retirement, announced he will return for his 14th season. One part of the Killer B’s – WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell being the others. Roethlisberger once again did not play all 16 games. However he still managed to throw for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns. Bell missed three games due to suspension. He was held out of the season finale yet still was second in the NFL in rushing with 1,268 yards. He also caught 75 passes for 616 yards. Brown is one of the top two or receivers in the league and had another 100-plus reception season (106-1,284-12 TDs). The Steelers are always tough defensively and are poised to win their second consecutive AFC North title.
The Titans lost 38-17 and were eliminated from the postseason. Tennessee is built for a postseason run. They have a huge offensive line that opens holes for former NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray. He had 1,287 yards rushing and nine touchdowns last season. Mariota passed for 3,426 yards and 26 TDs in basically 14 games. The Titans defense will be even better that last season. Linebacker Brian Orapko (10.5 sacks) leads a unit that was second in the NFL against the run (88.3 yards per game).