We have learned throughout the years that any team can win on any given Sunday in the NFL. At the same time, we also know that there are realistically only a handful of legitimate Super Bowl contenders in a given year. In fact, we can’t recall a single season since the turn of the century where there were 10 or more teams that had a serious chance at taking home that year’s Lombardi Trophy.
Barring any major surprises, this year will be no different. We consider seven, maybe eight, teams a serious threat to win Super Bowl 52. On the flip side, nobody is picking the following 11 teams to win Super Bowl 52, including the oddsmakers in Vegas.
[Editor’s note: Article based on odds as of June 9, 2017.]
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Vegas odds: +5500 (55-1)
Cincinnati’s streak of five straight postseason appearances came to an end in 2016. And it seems highly unlikely that they start a new streak in 2017. The Bengals suffered some serious roster attrition (especially along their offensive line) this offseason. Now the team appears to be stuck in NFL oblivion. That said, if Andy Dalton can play All-Pro-caliber football this fall, the Bengals still have enough talent to play with most teams in the league.