Six months from now the grind of the 2018 NFL season will all begin again, but already the preparations of what teams are going to be in the hunt to win a Super Bowl are already well under way.
Checking out odds of American Football Betting, you can see what teams have already been putting the overtime in to become contenders for Super Bowl LIII to take place on Sunday February 3rd in the new stadium in Atlanta.
There’s been plenty of teams making moves in free agency as well as some stunning trades in the offseason thus far, and today we take a look at some of the teams that have been deemed winners this offseason in the NFL, and if that will be enough to put them in the hunt for a title.
After Case Keenum led the Vikings to a surprising NFC Title Game, the team still had their sights set on a new franchise Quarterback, and got that inking Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive deal that will pay him $84 million over three seasons, all of which is fully guaranteed. It’s unheard of to pay anyone in the NFL that type of dough, but it shows just how the Vikings feel about Cousins, as well as their window being open to contend in the NFC this upcoming season.
The Bears have been pretty bad for awhile in the NFC North, but made some wholesale changes with their coaching staff, ones they feel will get them to at least .500 if not better in the first 1-2 years of new coach Matt Nagy. They also added former Vikings coach Brad Childress to the staff, and think with up and coming QB Mitchell Trubisky with some weapons on offense they might be able to push the rest of the division in 2018.
Los Angeles Rams
There’s no question in the NFC the Rams are right now the darlings of the conference, especially with the recent move to add pass rusher Ndamukong Suh to go along with another beast on defense in Aaron Donald. The offense took a big step forward with Jared Goff this past season, and here’s thinking that with a defense that is going to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares, the Rams just might have the inside track right now on the conference with the way their offseason has lined up.
Make no mistake about it, the Browns had nowhere to go but up since going 0-16 last year, but their transformation was quick and swift, and new General Manger John Dorsey made a number of moves right away to try and get this team moving in the right direction. He first dealt for Dolphins wide out Jarvis Landry, and also then got a quality QB in Tyrod Taylor, who will be a great mentor to whatever QB the team takes in round one. Then they grabbed RB Carlos Hyde, and with all the picks they have early, this team might just surprise in 2018.