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Los Angeles Rams among favorites to win Super Bowl LIII per Vegas odds

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The Rams are in the top tier of teams favored to win the big game in a year’s time.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
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Oh, bettors. You love to poke at us so.

Last May, the odds had the Los Angeles Rams among the bottom of the NFL in terms of win/loss projections. The individual game odds were even more depressing leaving the Rams as underdogs in every single matchup. Odds to win the NFC? Bottom two. Odds to make the playoffs? Bottom five. To earn the top overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? Top five.

Things didn’t look great.

But then 2017 happened. The Rams made some key personnel changes. They overhauled the coaching staff led by Head Coach Sean McVay.

They fixed everything.

So now with the 2017 season behind us looking ahead to 2018, it’s a completely different story. The oddsmakers have the Rams in the top nine teams to win Super Bowl LIII:

Super Bowl LIII odds - Feb., 2018

New England Patriots 5/1
New England Patriots 5/1
Green Bay Packers 9/1
Philadelphia Eagles 9/1
Minnesota Vikings 12/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1
Atlanta Falcons 18/1
Dallas Cowboys 18/1
Los Angeles Rams 18/1
New Orleans Saints 18/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Carolina Panthers 25/1
Houston Texans 25/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 28/1
Kansas City Chiefs 28/1
Seattle Seahawks 28/1
Denver Broncos 33/1
Indianapolis Colts 33/1
Los Angeles Chargers 33/1
Oakland Raiders 33/1
Baltimore Ravens 40/1
Detroit Lions 40/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40/1
Arizona Cardinals 50/1
New York Giants 50/1
Tennessee Titans 50/1
Washington 50/1
Buffalo Bills 66/1
Cincinnati Bengals 66/1
Miami Dolphins 66/1
New York Jets 66/1
Chicago Bears 100/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1

Sure, those are odds coming off of a year in which five of the six NFC playoff teams weren’t in the playoffs the year before, the Rams obviously included. But such is the difficult nature of prognostication.

A couple of thoughts:

  • The Dallas Cowboys sure are up there for a team that didn’t make the playoffs this year and won just four games in 2015. I can see the merit in the quality of the team, but the Philadelphia Eagles just won Super Bowl LII. Without QB Carson Wentz. That certainly seems like a major obstacle in their way...
  • Uh...is the AFC in this mix? Or are they handing it to the New England Patriots yet again despite Sunday’s loss? The Pats are one of two AFC sides in the 10 most likely teams to win the Super Bowl per these odds along with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That top 10 includes the San Francisco 49ers who started 0-9 in 2017. That means the 49ers who started 0-9 are more likely to win the Super Bowl next year than any AFC team save for the Pats and the Steelers...
  • The Chicago Bears are 100/1 just like the Cleveland Browns. That seems...unfair. They’ve got a young franchise QB Mitchell Trubisky who is coming off of an underwhelming rookie season while bringing in a young, offensively-minded head coach in Matt Nagy while an experienced NFL tutor takes the reins on defense. I’ve seen that blueprint work somewhere else before...

We’re officially on the road to the 2018 season with the end of Super Bowl LII. That the Rams are in the more favored group of teams to have a chance to win is less a factor of their current status and more a referendum on the job they did in 2017 turning the franchise around.