Week 2 is ready to go. All the talk around the league is centered around who can dethrone the champs, Kansas City Chiefs, who started with a surprising loss. We know the Jets are in a world of trouble with Aaron Rodgers ruled out for the year. We aren’t sure what to expect from Buffalo with an uncharacteristic poor offensive game. The Bengals and Joe Burrow were lackluster. The Eagles limped past the predicted AFC East bottom-dwelling Patriots. Despite that, the favorites are still favorites. Behind the Chiefs, the Betway Super Bowl odds have teams like the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, and San Francisco 49ers closely behind.
It’s incredibly easy to throw cash at the favorites so there are a few teams further down the board who are criminally undervalued. Here are three teams who have long odds to hoist the Lombardi after the year.
3 Teams With Undervalued in Super Bowl Odds
New York Giants (+4800)
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Last year, the NFC East sent three teams to the playoffs despite being the laughinstock of the NFL a few short years ago. The Giants were number three in the division and upended the NFC North champs. This year, they’re ready for more. Of course a 40-0 blowout loss to Division rivals Dallas Cowboys does leave a lot of doubt.
Daniel Jones gets to lead an offense with a, hopefully, healthy Saquan Barkley. The dynamic running back will be on the mission to prove that he’s worth the investment. Additionally, the team traded for stud tight end, Darren Waller to help the offense take a step. With an offensive line featuring tackles Evan Neal and Andrew Thomas, they’re set up for success.
On defense, the Giants are solid with Kayvon Thibodeaux is bound for a second-year jump alongside the rest of the New York defensive line that needs a bit of improvement. They’ll have to improve upon their 40% rate of being scored upon.
As the team with the third-best odds in the division, the Giants have a long road to the Super Bowl. Maybe the Dallas loss was a blip?
Minnesota Vikings (+4000)
Every year, there is a team that jumps out to a hot start but ends up as a fraud. The Pittsburgh Steelers were in 2020, the Tennessee Titans were in 2021, and unfortunately, the Vikings were last year. Despite that, Minnesota has the pieces to make a run again in 2023 in the NFC North.
Alexander Mattison takes over the running back duties full time after the team moved on from Dalvin Cook. He comes into the season with 1,670 yards and 11 touchdowns to his name and he’s sure to greatly improve upon those numbers in 2023. The Vikings extended T.J. Hockenson and drafted former Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison to go with the best receiver in the game, Justin Jefferson.
Minnesota brought in Brian Flores to try and fix one of the worst defenses in the NFL from last year. They signed guys like Marcus Davenport and Byron Murphy to help fortify. With how good the offense is supposed to be, the defense does not need to be on the Eagles’ level. However, they need to improve to be semi-competant.
The Vikings are the defending division champs but they’ve taken a back seat to the Detroit Lions, especially after Detroit’s thrilling win over KC. The changing of the guard in Green Bay and the hype surrounding the Bears are loud. Minnesota has what it takes but it may take another seemingly unsustainable record in one-score games to do it. And they are in tough against the Eagles in Week Two.
Miami Dolphins (+2500)
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Originally projected to finish third in the AFC East, the Dolphins are somehow flying under the radar. Or they were, before Aaron Rodgers injury. While it makes sense because they share a division with Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers, this team is as talented as any and they can compete.
This will be the season that decides if Tua Tagovailoa is the guy in Miami. He has all kinds of weapons like Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and can do just about anything he needs. Tagovailoa led the league in a number of categories like yards per attempt, yards per completion, QBR, and even touchdown percentage. As long as the Dolphins offensive line can play average ball, Miami’s offense will be okay.
The defensive side of the ball was decimated by injuries last year and it’s started early this year with Jalen Ramsey. Even then, guys like Christian Wilkins and Jaelen Phillips are massive leaders. Behind them, linebackers Bradley Cubb and Jerome Baker are set to dominate yet again.
The Dolphins are the most exciting ignored team in 2023.