If you are an avid NFL fan, you’ve probably noticed a coincidence that both Super Bowl LV and Super Bowl LVI hold in common. Both Super Bowls were won by teams from the NFC. In the 2020 season, Tom Brady led his then-new Tampa Bay Buccaneers team to their second Super Bowl win in history. Last year it was the LA Rams who took Vegas NFL odds experts by surprise scrapping their way to the NFL’s biggest game and beating the Cincinnati Bengals.
If we were to take that as a sign, it would go to show that the NFC has enough talent within itself to produce a plethora of title-winning teams year in and year out. If you were to jump into any of the top NFL odds websites, you’ll probably notice that in all of the lists regarding favorite teams to win the Super Bowl this season, aside from the Bills, the next top squads around are mostly from the NFC. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and even Dak Prescott around.
For now, while the action is still just beginning to warm up, and NFL lines experts are hard at work constructing the top lists of Super Bowl contenders for the season, let’s talk some NFC ball, listing who we see as our favorites, dark horses and underdogs that could make it to Super Bowl LVII representing the NFC.
Three teams come to mind when thinking about clear favorites from the NFC to make it to Super Bowl LVII. One team has Tom Brady, another one has Aaron Rodgers, and then there are the Rams, so let’s kick this off with the Bucs.
I’m more than positive in buying into the idea that Tom Brady will not retire until he can fill all ten fingers on his hands with SB rings. He already has seven, six with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers, and in all honesty, if it was another player we were talking about, then the idea of making it to ten rings would sound more like an opium dream than anything else, but it’s Brady we’re talking about here. The Buccaneers have made it a point to make sure their QB is surrounded by top-notch talent on all sides of the ball.
Tampa’s defense is a machine and will continue to get better now that former DC Todd Bowles took over the head coaching gig. On offense, as if having Chris Godwin and Mike Evans wasn’t enough, now Julio Jones jumped into the mix, making the Bucs’ receiver core almost unfair to have to play against. So yeah, the Bucs, they’re the real deal once again, but then again, why would anybody be surprised by that?
Now, if we’re going to talk about Brady, we have to talk about Aaron Rodgers too. Let’s be honest here. If Rodgers had the same chances that Brady has had throughout his career, we could be talking about another GOAT instead of the Bucs’ star passer. Still, Rodgers has managed to have one of the most illustrious careers in the NFL, even while only having won the Super Bowl once. For this year, even after seeing Davante Adams leave for the Raiders, the Packers will once again rely on Rodgers to lead them into battle. With a defense that will be an absolute terror to face and Rodgers manning the offense, don’t sleep on Green Bay one bit.
Last but certainly not least, the Rams make it in this list first because of champions prerogative and second because of how the team has managed to maintain the core of their Super Bowl-winning team. The question mark surrounding LA revolves around the fact that if they made it to the championship game last year clawing their way through the playoffs, how will they fare this season with the level of competition being much stronger?
In the dark horse category, the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles come to mind from the start. Why are the Niners considered dark horses instead of favorites? After making the sound and positive decision to move on from Jimmy G at QB, newer and better things are coming their way. With that said though, new Niners starting QB Trey Lance will need some time to fully adjust to being the starter in San Francisco. But, given the level of talent that San Francisco brings to the table, especially on defense, they should be just fine.
With the Eagles, you cannot deny the fact that this is the year for Philadelphia to take over the NFC East division and send the Cowboys packing to irrelevance. Their offensive line is probably the best in the league. Jalen Hurts will have plenty of options with DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown running routes for him. The only missing piece will be for Philly’s defense to play up to par with how the rest of the team will play. If that happens, mark my words that Philadelphia will give plenty to talk about, especially once the postseason comes around.
My name is Daniel and this is me going out on a huge limb here. The New Orleans Saints were shaken to the core after Drew Brees retired and once again when Sean Payton stepped down from the head coaching position. Yet still, the Saints continued to march on. Now, after making some very good offseason moves that saw players like Tyran Mathieu, Jarvis Landry, Marcus Maye, and rookie Chris Olave join the fray and with Jameis Winston ready to have his redemption shot in the pros, how could you not like the Saints here.
There’s a certain aura of fight and push that New Orleans always brings to the table. It’s one of the main reasons why Tom Brady still hasn’t been able to beat them in his visits to NOLA with the Bucs. The Saints have gone through a lot in the past few years so it shouldn’t come as a shock if they all of a sudden decide to quietly take the NFC by storm and march their way to the Super Bowl.