The 2023 NFL season is in the books, as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime in Super Bowl LVIII, 25-22. Picking last year’s Super Bowl sleepers was an insane task, as Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce once again battled for their place on the big stage and came out on top. However, the NFL has plenty of surprises in store. Anything can happen next year.
Let’s take a look at the Super Bowl LIX odds, then break down five value picks that might be worth investing some money in right now.
Super Bowl odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Houston Texans (+2200)
When it comes to Super Bowl sleepers, getting financially attached to a young star quarterback is a good idea. I’m not saying CJ Stroud is Mahomes, but he had a historic rookie season while Houston won the division, made the playoffs, and won a playoff game when it was expected one of the worst teams in the league. First-year head coach DeMeco Ryans also deserves respect, as he immediately turned the defense around. Houston has allowed the sixth fewest rushing yards per game in 2023 after the Texans ranked last in that category in 2022.
It wasn’t that long ago that the AFC South was considered one of the worst divisions in the NFL. Today it is one of the most intriguing.
New York Jets (+2500)
Probably a polarizing choice here. The Jets seem almost cursed after Aaron Rodgers was injured just a few games into Week 1, and I don’t know how much confidence I have in Robert Saleh, but it’s absolutely incredible that this Jets defense has finished in the top three despite no attacks. Imagine if they had an average offense to help. I love this Jets defense and they are absolutely ready to fight.
As for the offense, maybe Nathaniel Hackett’s system doesn’t inspire optimism, but this offense is built for Rodgers. Whatever you think of Rodgers, the bottom line is that he thrives on doubt. When Jordan Love was drafted by the Packers in the first round, Rodgers responded by winning back-to-back MVPs! Now he’s changed teams and is coming off a torn Achilles tendon at age 40. Many people will be willing to rely on him, which is why it’s a good idea to support him. The offensive line needs an overhaul, but Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson are studs. The Jets will make headlines again – for better or worse – in 2024.
Atlanta Falcons (+3000)
Let’s get a little wild. I thought Atlanta should have targeted an offensive-minded head coach, but Raheem Morris is someone who really connects with his players, and I have no doubt that this defense is going to be solid after a nice turnaround in 2023 .There is the question of the quarterback. (Maybe Justin Fields will end up in Atlanta), but the Falcons have plenty of talented players ready to be truly unlocked, like Bijan Robinson, Kyle PItts and Drake London. New offensive coordinator Zac Robinson is going to get a chance to really shine.
The NFC South may be the worst division in the NFL, which makes Atlanta’s case easier. The Falcons also reside in the NFC, which could also be beneficial. Quarterback is the biggest missing piece, but if they find a way to find one, maybe the Falcons sleep in the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles Rams (+3500)
The Rams rebounded to go 7-1 in their final eight regular season games after starting the year 3-6. Although they fell to the Lions in Super Wild Card Weekend, they still had an impressive season. Matthew Stafford showed he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and then we were introduced to Kyren Williams and Puka Nacua as two of the best players at their position.
When the Rams had Stafford, Williams, Nacua and Cooper Kupp on the field this season, they went 6-2 while averaging 28.5 points per game, 398.9 yards per game and 6.8 yards per game. game. It was an impressive offensive attack. There is room to improve on defense, but three different players recorded eight sacks, which was tied for second-most in the NFL. There is young talent on that side of the ball, and the front office can clearly recruit.
Indianapolis Colts (+4500)
Yes, we already have an AFC South team listed above, but as we mentioned, the AFC South is one of the more intriguing divisions. Speaking of schemer, that’s what Anthony Richardson is. He has to stay healthy, but he has a cannon for an arm and can run on the rock. What’s great is that he teams up with Jonathan Taylor and Shane Steichen – who know how to plan the race.
Defensively, improvement is needed, but the Colts were fifth in sacks last season (51) and four different players recorded at least eight QB takedowns. Moreover, all four are under contract for next season (Samson Ebukam, Kwity Paye, DeForest Buckner and Dayo Odeyingbo). Yes, I prefer the Texans, but I also have my eye on the Colts.