The Seattle Seahawks are coming off one of the most impressive blowout Super Bowl victories in the history of the NFL. The core that led them to the championship is among the youngest in the league and their major 2013 offseason acquisition will actually suit up for them for more than one regular season game in 2014 – no wonder they top the NFL futures heading into next season.
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With 11/2 of winning Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks hold the slight edge over NFC West Division rival San Francisco. Richard Sherman being Richard Sherman or not, the elite cornerback did go as far as to say that the NFC Championship Game between the two contenders was more or less the real Super Bowl. Can you disagree?
This year’s runner-up Broncos have just 10/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, while Tom Brady and the Patriots have leap frogged them with 9/1 odds of their own. The window is closing for Peyton Manning in Denver.
Perhaps next season will bring about new faces altogether. The Green Bay Packers have regressed ever so slightly since their 2010 championship, and the upstart Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers are even further removed from franchise success. Andrew Luck and Cam Newton represent the new generation of NFL quarterbacks and while their playing styles may differ, they’re two young stars capable of guiding their teams to new heights over the course of the next decade.
Will 2014 bring about much of the same? Or is a shift in the football landscape brewing? It may be early to say for sure, but betting on the NFL futures early does have its advantages.