5 Dark Horse NFL Teams That Can Win the Super Bowl This Season
By Braulio Perez
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With Week 1 of the NFL regular season less than two months away, the anticipation for a run at dethroning the New England Patriots is on the minds of the other 31 teams in the league.
But which dark horse has a real shot of capturing the Lombardi Trophy next February? Here are five teams with 18-to-1 odds or worse that can win Super Bowl 54.
5. Dallas Cowboys (+2400)
Will Jerry Jones' long-living nightmare finally end this season? For Dallas Cowboys fans' sake, he better hope so. Dallas finally won a playoff game last year, downing the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round, but ran into the eventual NFL champion Los Angeles Rams and saw their season end in the Divisional Round. The offense welcomes back Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to go along with an already-stacked defense. That could be enough to get the Cowboys back into the playoffs, and 24-to-1 odds for a team with postseason experience make Dallas a quality longshot to win Super Bowl 54.
4. Baltimore Ravens (+3400)
Year 2 of Lamar Jackson in Baltimore could prove to be far more exciting than the first. With Joe Flacco now in Denver, Jackson has the keys to the offense and looks ready to take things into a new gear. And with Baltimore's defense seemingly a top-5 unit each year, the Ravens will not be a team others will want to face in the playoffs. If there's a big upset to be had come next January, don't be surprised if the 34-to-1 Ravens are the ones coming out on top.
3. Green Bay Packers (+1800)
Could Matt LaFleur's first year with the Green Bay Packers lead to a trip to the Super Bowl? When you have the luxury of calling Aaron Rodgers your starting quarterback, it can never be ruled out. Over on defense, the team has brought in a few welcomed additions, including Preston Smith, Za'Darius Smith and first-round edge-rusher Rashan Gary. With arguably the best QB in the NFL teaming up with an upgraded defense, the Pack at almost 20-to-1 are a big-time dark horse to win this year's Super Bowl.
2. Seattle Seahawks (+3000)
It seems like people have forgotten that the Seattle Seahawks went to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless, Russell Wilson is now the highest paid player in the NFL and will look to back it up with another postseason appearance. This is a team that could sneak up on the league, but has all the pieces go to on a run. At 30-to-1, having a Super Bowl winning coach and QB to go along with a quality defense, it wouldn't be crazy to see the Seahawks win Super Bowl 54.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (+4200)
The Blake Bortles nightmare is officially over for Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Signing Nick Foles to lead the offense was the No. 1 priority for Jacksonville this offseason and there's no question that it makes them contenders. Though their odds (+4200) might say otherwise, don't forget they were a couple plays away from reaching the Super Bowl just two seasons ago. And that was with Bortles running the show, not a Super Bowl MVP. Don't sleep on this team now that Foles is under center in Jacksonville.
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