This Monday marked the official start of the NFL offseason with both free agency and the college draft the next big things to look forward to over the next few months. Before I turn my attention to how the Eagles plan to turn things around next season with some much needed additions (and subtractions) from their existing roster, I wanted to take a quick look at what the Oddsmakers felt about their chances to win it all....in two words "not good".
This time last year the Birds entered the offseason as the odds-on-favorite to win the NFC East and one of the top three or four favorites to win the NFC despite an 8-8 record the year before. The Oddsmakers were bullish on their chances mainly because of a strong finish and a wealth of individual talent that was supposed to finally come together to make a serious run at a Super Bowl title. Well we all know how that went. The only positive take away from the 2012 season was the fact that Philly did indeed beat the eventual Super Champions. Unfortunately it could only add three more victories to a dismal 4-12 campaign.
It is amazing what a season like that did to the Oddmakers' prognosis for 2013. With a new coach at the helm, some major question marks at quarterback and a grossly overpaid defensive secondary that is major need of a makeover, Bovada has officially opened the Eagles as 40/1 longshots to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The reality is, it is not too keen on anyone from the NFC East going all the way next season with the Giants having the best odds at 20/1. The Cowboys are a close second at 25/1 and the Redskins come in at 30/1 with some questions surrounding the health of RGIII's knee for the start of the regular season.
The following is a link to an article I recently wrote for Bang the Book taking a look at the future odds for the top contenders from both the AFC and NFC to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of next season.
NFL Betting Trends- Super Bowl XLVIII Futures Odds