Super Bowl LII Betting Longshots

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 24, 2017 in

Just because we haven’t played Super Bowl LI yet doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start talking about the next championship game. After all, 30 of the league’s 32 teams are already plotting for ways to compete in the 2017 regular season and find their way to next year’s title game. There are some teams, such as Dallas and Pittsburgh, that are already seen as favorites (+1000 each) to get that Lombardi Trophy. However, there are some teams that are even longer shots to come home with that title — even though those teams have a legitimate shot. Let’s take a look at some Super Bowl LII betting long shots that could be worth your money.

Super Bowl LII Betting Longshots

Oakland Raiders (+2000)

These are the Oakland Raiders who finished 12-4 and had an excellent chance of beating Denver — and winning the AFC West — in the last week until quarterback Derek Carr went down in Week 16 with a leg fracture against Indianapolis (in a game the Raiders would win anyway). Carr led the team to fourth quarter comeback wins seven different times in 2016, and this was a team that scared many prognosticators going into the postseason until Carr went down. He has a pair of talented wideouts in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, and tailback Latavius Murray is the real deal. Khalil Mack leads a ferocious pass rush, so if the Raiders can get some secondary help, they could threaten the Patriots at the top of the AFC.

Indianapolis Colts (+2500)

Remember when Andrew Luck led the Colts to the playoffs every year, and it looked like he was a year or two away from helping Indianapolis dethrone Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC? Well, then in 2015 he had that awful kidney laceration, and then in 2016 he put up huge numbers, but the Colts forgot how to play defense, so Luck had to put up 40 points a game for the Colts to have a chance. Aging tailback Frank Gore didn’t help matters out much, so if the Colts can get a tailback they have the wide receiving corps to move the ball up and down the field. If they can get a secondary, they will give their team a chance — and they play in the AFC South, where they only need nine or ten wins to salt away that division. Can they make the move this year?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4000)

The Buccaneers ran off a five-game winning streak late in the season that seemed to have them heading toward a postseason berth, knocking off Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans at home and Kansas City and San Diego on the road. They lost at Dallas but then looked like they still had postseason aspirations until they lost to New Orleans on the road on Christmas Eve. This team has an exciting offense keyed by Jameis Winston and a defense that showed some real intensity at times and just needs to build consistency. If Tampa Bay can split with Atlanta in 2017 like they did this year, and they can work their way into the postseason, they have a chance to go on another big run.