Way-Too-Early Look At 2025 Super Bowl Futures
With the NFL preseason still six months away and the afterglow of the latest Super Bowl still lingering like smog over the Las Vegas strip, it might feel a bit premature to begin a discussion of the 2025 big game.
But it’s a pretty good cure for the blues brought on by knowing that there won’t be pigskin action to bet on for a half-a-year, and it’s a good time to lock in value before the free agency period opens and teams begin wheeling and dealing heading into training camps.
At least one sportsbook, DraftKings, has had odds up for next year’s big game since midway through the playoffs and others will trot them out within minutes of the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers wrapping up Super Bowl LVIII at the Raiders’ dome.
So, with the usual caveat about shopping around for the best odds (we recommend BestOdds, of course), here is a look at some teams of interest to hoist the next Lombardi trophy (using DraftKings odds):
No NFL team has more star power than the 49ers and, as long as guys like Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, and Fred Warner are still lacing them up, this team is going to contend and it’s going to draw plenty of betting interest in futures markets.
But this price is awfully short and general manager John Lynch has witnessed a brain drain over the years with so many executives going to other teams, including his top lieutenant, Adam Peters leaving to be GM of the Washington Commanders last month.
The 49ers are in this spot due to shrewd personnel moves, including nabbing Brock Purdy with the final pick of the draft and trading for McCaffrey, but at some point, they’re going to feel this attrition.
Sometimes, it’s just not that complicated. Patrick Mahomes has barely entered his prime, thus this team is a great bet to win the Super Bowl, even at these odds.
He’s only 28 years old and he’s signed through the 2031 season, which means that statement could hold for the next half-dozen years or more.
Travis Kelce retiring would be a blow, but there’s also a chance the team could fix its wide receiver issues via the draft or free agency.
Mahomes is a once-in-a-generation talent and Andy Reid, 65, figures to keep going beyond this season, so there’s no reason this team shouldn’t make another run.
It might not be as difficult as it made it on itself this past season either.
After a 13-4 regular season, it’s easy to see why this team would be listed among the favorites heading into the following season.
There aren’t a lot of holes to fill on a roster that got a big boost from the emergence of rookie receiver Zay Flowers, elevating one of the team’s core weaknesses.
Aside from stabilizing an injury-riddled offensive line and adding some depth at linebacker, the front office should have a relatively light off-season.
But at odds this short, we’d like to see Lamar Jackson put together a couple of good post-season performances in a row before investing.
Hard to pass on this one.
The Bills pulled off a near-miracle by rescuing their season from the doldrums at 5-5 to march to the divisional round, only to lose to their playoff nemesis, but this team has salary-cap issues.
Due to being nearly $50 million over the cap, general manager Brandon Beane already has said he won’t be shopping for any high-priced free agents, and the team’s best receiver, Stefon Diggs, has seen his production plummet.
There are indications the best way out of this mess will be to overhaul the roster as the team did just before Josh Allen got there six years ago.
The Bills went 6-10 the following season. This price seems criminally short for this team.
That’s where the Dolphins come in, ready to break Buffalo’s hold on the AFC East en route to what could be a deep playoff run.
This team has a lot of parallels with the 49ers in its speed on the offensive side with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and De’Von Achane and coach Mike McDaniel comes from Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tree, so he knows how to use his weapons.
Like the 49ers, the Dolphins blend the run-and-pass game beautifully, and their defense had begun to assert itself by mid-season.
If not for a ridiculous array of injuries late in the year, they may have made their run in this last post-season.
This team will be a factor in 2024.
Did we not just see what C.J. Stroud and DeMeco Ryans pulled off in their rookie seasons?
The only reason this team should be ranked as low as the No. 11 choice here, behind the aging Philadelphia Eagles and fraudulent Dallas Cowboys, is if you believe in such nonsense as sophomore slumps.
Even if there is something to that – and perhaps defensive coordinators learn to exploit a QB’s flaws more fully in his second year – this is still a good, young roster with, potentially, the best young quarterback in the game.
From this vantage point, 22-to-1 is awfully good value on a young team that made its move a year or two ahead of schedule.