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2022-2023 Super Bowl Champion Contenders and Pretenders

This NFL offseason has been a marvel, to say the least. From blockbuster trades, large free-agency signings, and the NFL Draft, NFL fans have tons to look forward to in the upcoming season. 


And after the NFL offseason comes to a conclusion by August, the big picture of Super Bowl contenders and pretenders should become fairly clear. And if sports betting is your thing, placing bets at online casinos, sportsbooks, etc. for the NFL should become more clear. 


Contender - Los Angeles Rams


The first and most obvious contender for the NFL 2023 Super Bowl must be the Los Angeles Rams. After emerging victorious from Super Bowl LVI, the Los Angeles Rams look to run it back this season. Furthermore, the Rams are +1100 to win the Super Bowl next season. 


Though the Rams did lose several key pieces such as Andrew Whitworth, Robert Woods, Von Miller, and others, they did reciprocate the losses with the big signings of Joseph Noteboom, Allen Robinson, Bobby Wagner, and others. Despite the moves, the stars still remain in Los Angeles like Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and Cooper Kupp. There is no reason why the Rams should not be contenders this year after proving themselves the previous year. 


Contender - Cincinnati Bengals


Another “obvious” pick should be the runner-up in last year’s Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals. Their main fault last season was the poor play from the front five. The Bengals understood this issue and made it one of their strong suits this offseason with the signings of Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, and La'el Collins. 


The Bengals are +2000 to win the Super Bowl next season which is honestly much lower than expected considering their success last season and their offseason improvements. 


Contender - Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs


In the divisional round of last year’s NFL playoffs, the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs hosted, arguably, the most interesting and thrilling game of the season. To the last second of regulation and overtime, both teams were fully displaying their offensive prowess. Though the coin toss in overtime flipped in favor of the Chiefs, the Bills could easily have won that matchup. 


This matchup showed how playoff ready and Super Bowl ready both teams were. And both teams made great additions this offseason to further their chances next season. The Chiefs are the third favorite to win at +900 and the Bills are the favorite at +650 to win. 


The Bills added Hall of Famer Von Miller and University of Florida corner Kaiir Elam to their already star-studded defensive core. Meanwhile, the Chiefs added corner Trent Mcduffie and edge George Karlaftis, both tremendous talents coming from the draft. However, the Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins, but they acquired MVS from Green Bay, Juju from the Steelers, and Skyy Moore from the NFL draft. Both teams have only improved, despite Tyreek’s absence. 


Pretender - Las Vegas Raiders


Calling the Raiders a pretender is absolutely not a knock on their team, however, it is a compliment to the absolute monstrosity that the AFC West is. The Broncos upgraded intensively with Russell Wilson, the Chargers took great strides in improving their defense, and the Chiefs… well they’re the Chiefs. 


Despite adding Davante Adams, the Raiders did not really improve their squad too much. Although they squeaked their way to the Wildcard last season with some lucky standings movement, they simply don’t have the talent to make it again. It won’t even be a surprise if they end up 4th in their own division. The Raiders are +3500 to win next season which is a clear reflection of their inability. 


Pretender - Miami Dolphins


There is a lot of media attention on the Dolphins following their great off-season after signing Tyreek Hill, Connor Williams, and Terron Armstead. However, will the Dolphins really have playoff success behind Tua Tagovailoa? 


Last season, Tua averaged a whopping 6.8 yards per attempt, a very mediocre 1.6 TD/INT ratio, and only threw for 2653 yards in his 13 active games. Unless Tua makes strides as we’ve never seen before, there is no reason the Dolphins should even be considered a contender. Furthermore, the Dolphins are +5000 to win. 




Now, these are just a few of the contenders and pretenders that I have for next season. There are many other teams such as the Buccaneers, Broncos, and Packers that have solid resumes and can easily be contenders. Furthermore, there are teams such as the Cowboys that will always remain a pretender.