Preseason football has started, and we couldn’t wait to start making predictions about our favorite (and not so favorite) teams. Our minds our flooded with questions and concerns about what will happen this season, but nonetheless, we are excited and glad football is finally here.
With that being said, we’ve decided to take a look at who is most likely to win Super Bowl 50 this year. Now obviously, this can change throughout the season, but that’s what makes it fun. Take a look below at the six favorite teams to win based on scientific evidence and then read our staff picks (based on not so scientific evidence)!
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are tied for the top pick to win Super Bowl 50, and it’s not surprising. After a battle with the Seahawks in last year’s NFC Championship Game that led to an improbable loss, Green Bay should be ready to try to dominate this year.
The Packers will bring back all seven Pro-Bowlers from last season: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Randall Cobb, FB John Kun, LB Clay Matthews, CB Sam Shield and G Josh Sitton. They were also able to pick up CB Damarious Randall in the 2015 NFL Draft as well as CB Quinten Rollins and WR Ty Montgomery.
The Packers had the best scoring offense in the NFL last season, averaging 30.4 points per game. With Aaron Rodgers leading the offense, we can all agree the Packers will once again be a force to be reckoned with.
The Seattle Seahawks are the other favorite to win Super Bowl 50, as they look to make a comeback after last year’s heartbreak. Being one yard away from defeating the Patriots before an interception destroyed their chances has left the Seahawks seeking revenge. There’s no doubt many of us will forever question that last play call, but regardless, the Seahawks seem determined to win another Super Bowl.
The team drafted DE Frank Clark in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and WR Tyler Lockett in the third round. They also re-signed MLB Bobby Wagner, RB Marshawn Lynch and QB Russell Wilson. With some of the best security in the league with S Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman and the addition of TE Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks are looking pretty set for a return to the Super Bowl.
Sitting with the third-best odds, the Indianapolis Colts are rightfully at the top of the list for most likely to win Super Bowl 50. They suffered a beatdown from the Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship Game, but we can still expect an impressive performance this season, particularly from Pro-Bowler QB Andrew Luck. Finishing 11-5 in each of his three NFL seasons and throwing an NFL-leading 40 touchdown passes last season, Luck is the real deal and capable of anything and everything.
The Colts’ offense was explosive last season as they led the league in passing yards (4,894) and receiving yards (5,062). The plethora of talent on the offensive side includes T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. Add that to new additions RB Frank Gore and WR Andre Johnson as well as 2015 Draft pick WR Phillip Dorsett, and the Colts’ offense will be difficult to stop. The Colts’ defense is expected to improve since last season, but I think we can all agree the hype lies in their offensive talent.
New England Patriots
Once again, the New England Patriots are on the path to winning the Super Bowl. Tom Brady was handed a four-game suspension, which could cause an early stumble for the Patriots with him out of the lineup. However, the Patriots are still expected to be one of the best teams in the NFL and in a dead heat with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.
The Patriots won’t have too difficult of a time cruising through the AFC East even with the expected improvement from the Dolphins, Bills and Jets. But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave the Patriots a run for their money! The biggest challenge for the Patriots lies not in replacing Brady for the first four games but in rebuilding their defense after losing CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner and DT Vince Wilfork.
Regardless, the Patriots are set to dominate like usual, and it should be interesting to see how they do against the Colts.
It’s been 20 years since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl victory, but with their strong prospects, this could very well be the year that the drought comes to an end. However, the Cowboys will have to escape the two other NFC powerhouses.
Last season, the Cowboys were unexpectedly dominate as Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ defense played much better than anticipated. Their running game was the main strength of the team, but with DeMarco Murray gone, the Cowboys will have to rely on Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden to carry the team. In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cowboys secured a good deal of talent including CB Byron Jones, DE Randy Gregory and undrafted free-agent OT La’el Collins.
Dallas has a tough road ahead of them and they will surely be tested week in and week out. If Romo can find his groove along with the Cowboys’ offense, I think we can expect the Cowboys to do well this season and possibly even represent the NFC.
The Denver Broncos may have lost in the first round of the AFC playoffs last year, but they’ll be looking to make a run at the Super Bowl again this year. The Broncos re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas and LB Brandon Marshall and were able to draft DE Shane Ray in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Broncos are also seeing a change in the coaching staff as head coach John Fox was replaced by Gary Kubiak. Denver is hoping Kubiak can bring to the Broncos some of the success he saw with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Broncos backfield is absolutely loaded with C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, so we should see them able to run the ball more effectively. However, with Ryan Clady out for the entire season due to injury, the offensive line will take a hit and be a big obstacle for the Broncos to overcome. Regardless, a healthy Peyton Manning and an offense more committed to running the ball should lead the Broncos to victory and maybe even a shot at the Super Bowl.
So who do you think will win Super Bowl 50? Take a look below at some of the QuintEvents and E2 Staff Picks!
|Matt||Patriots||Because they will.|
|Kelsey||Panthers||They made the playoffs the past two years.|
|Victoria||Colts||Because the Dolphins won't.|
|Mark R.||Eagles||Our unique offensive structure.|
|Jason||Packers||They're one of the only teams that kept everyone.|
|Will||Patriots||Tom Brady is going to be a man on a mission.|
|Arlene||Patriots||To stop this nonsense about Deflategate.|
|Kristen||Buccaneers||Because Jameis Winston.|
|Jaime||Panthers||Because I said so. #keeppounding|
|Carolynn||Panthers||Our defense eats quarterbacks for breakfast.|
|Brad||Colts||Because Andrew Luck.|
|Vinny||Lions||Because they need it.|
|Allison||Browns||I'm staying loyal to my man, Connor Shaw. #gamecocknation #forevertothee|
|Lara||49ers||It would be epic to have the 49ers win at their home stadium. And Cali is my home state. I'll also take the Chargers as an option.|
|Aaron||Seahawks||They still have a good team.|
|Mark S.||Bengals||Because they're my team.|
|Tiffany||Browns||Because THIS year is their year.|
|Simone||Panthers||We're in a building mode. We can take it to the next level now that Cam is healthy.|
And the winner is...
First place: Panthers (5 votes)
Second place: Patriots (3 votes)
Third place: Colts and Browns (Tied with 2 votes)
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