The 2017 NFL season
ended over two months ago, and NFL teams have already started tinkering with their rosters in order to contend for a championship next year. Even though they lost to the Eagles in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots
Odds to Win Super Bowl has them as the favorite to hoist the Lombardi trophy next season.
Since there has been a lot of action in free agency, we decided to take a look at some of the teams we think will contend next season and the teams we think will under achieve even though they are expected to win.
SportsLine statistician R.J. White, who was in the top one percent of the Las Vegas SuperContest last season, and the 2015 NFL season
, shared some advice for those interested in placing future bets for next season.
According to White, one of the teams to place future bets on is the Los Angeles Chargers
, who currently have 25-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl. White said he likes the Chargers chances this year because they had the second best defense in the NFL last season behind the Jacksonville Jaguars
. The Chargers were also the fifth best team when it came to point differential and have a very favorable schedule next season.
Surprisingly, White isn't sold on the Pittsburgh Steelers next season despite having a great offense with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The fact that the Steelers have the second best odds to win the Super Bowl didn't do anything to change his mind.
White said he felt that last season was a great opportunity for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, but they failed to do so, losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars
in the Divisional round of the playoffs. White believes that Roethlisberger is in decline and likely won't be as good as he was last season.
White also said the Steelers defense is a concern, especially without Ryan Shazier, who suffered a career-threatening spinal injury last year.
Discipline is also a concern for White, after all the distractions the Steelers went through during the regular season and playoffs.
During the regular season, wide receiver Martavis Bryant was upset about the touches he was getting, and requested a trade. The Steelers declined to trade him and placed him in the practice squad for a week because of his actions.
Bell also became a distraction last season due to a contract dispute with the team. The running back had been looking for a new contract but the Steelers used the franchise tag on him. In the week leading up to their playoff game against Jacksonville, Bell brought up his contract situation again, threatening to retire if the team used the franchise tag on him for a second consecutive year, which they did.
White also cited the tough road schedule the Steelers have next season, with games against New Orleans, Jacksonville, Denver and Baltimore. They also have home games against Atlanta and New England, which makes their schedule even tougher.
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