After making the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Oakland Raiders are one of the early darlings of the 2017 season. They made some solid moves in the offseason to build on an already talented core, and sports gamblers have taken notice. According to Bleacher Report, the Raiders are No. 1 among the five teams receiving the most bets to win the Super Bowl this season.
After the Raiders, the biggest favorites among fans are the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers. But that top five doesn’t exactly match how the oddsmakers set it in Las Vegas. After all, Vegas doesn’t want people to win a lot of money, right? We took a look at the top teams according to the odds and why gamblers may or may not bet on them.
7. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons went to the Super Bowl last season following an 11-5 regular season. They jumped out to a 28-3 lead, and we forget what happened after that.
Following their loss to the New England Patriots, they also lost offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — who became the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers — as well as the retiring Dwight Freeney, who played a part-time role in 2016 but performed admirably. On the plus side, the Falcons brought in two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe and upgraded their front seven.
Much like 2016, the Falcons aren’t a major favorite to win the Super Bowl again in 2017. They have a solid team with one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the game, Matt Ryan. In an NFC lacking a clearly dominant, unbeatable team, it’s easy to see why some may place bets on them at 14-1.