The NFL is the most watched sports organization in North America. There are 32 teams and 17 weeks of regular season games, along with very high tension between long time rivals, all for one goal of winning the championship. This year’s season should be another memorable one, and with many teams that could contend for the title, emotions will be at an all time high.
4. Seattle Seahawks (9-1 odds)
With one of the most dominant defenses in the league, the Seahawks are expected to have a great season. However, the Seahawks do not have a lockdown offence to back up QB Russell Wilson. If he gets injured the Seahawks could be in real trouble offensively this season.
“The team is very good and I expect them to go all the way this year,” said English teacher Mrs. Bagdanov. “I am really looking forward to the playoffs because I am confident that they have the right parts behind Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson to win.”
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-1 odds)
Going into the 2015 NFL Draft, the Steelers were very weak on the defensive side of the ball. However, the team quickly improved their defense by using 6 of their 8 picks in the draft on defensive players. Mike Tomlin is one of the best coaches in the league, as he has never had a losing season in his entire coaching career. Thanks to coach Tomlin, wide receiver Antonio Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers can go all the way this year if they can stay healthy.
“I love my team,” said junior Xavier Carroll. “If I told you I didn’t expect them [the Steelers] to win I wouldn’t be a true fan. If we can beat the Patriots in the AFC finals then I easily see them winning the Super Bowl.”
2. Green Bay Packers (8-1 odds)
As one of the most popular teams in the league, the Packers have made quite a name for themselves with multiple years of excellence. This year, behind Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Jordy Nelson the Packers have a really solid team.
New England Patriots (7-1 odds)
With Tom Brady missing the first 4 games of the season for his role in “The Deflategate” scandal, it is incredible that this team was able to take the number 1 spot in the rankings, the Patriots are the type of team that people either love or hate. No matter what most think, they have the best team in the league, thanks to star players Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, all behind Coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots have the most complete team in the NFL this year. As long as Brady performs well they should not have a problem winning the Super Bowl this year.
“I think the Pats are going to have a solid shot at the Super Bowl this year because of their strong game in the win against the Cardinals in week one without Brady or Gronkowski. It can only get better when they are both back,” said senior Collin Del Bonis.