With the NFL season at a close, it's not too early to look at who will take home the Lombardi Trophy in 2017.
Here's a snapshot of how the odds stack up at the Westgate LV SuperBook.
The favorites ...
8/1 -- Seahawks, Patriots, Steelers
10/1 -- Packers, Cardinals, Panthers
These are the six current favorites. The list shouldn't be a surprise considering how they all finished this season and the household names each boasts under center.
Regardless of how you feel about these teams, betting them now isn't a shrewd investment. All of these prices will be readily available closer to the season and you might get better numbers right after the season starts.
In a league in which injuries are the great equalizer, you won't catch me investing in such short prices 360-plus days before next year's big game.
The value ...
14/1 -- Bengals, Broncos
16/1 -- Cowboys
20/1 -- Vikings, Colts, Chiefs
30/1 -- Jets, Bills, Ravens
This tier is where things get very interesting. Let me start by saying I have no interest in the Broncos 14/1 because I'm not sure who their quarterback will be.
The Bengals -- well, they're the Bengals. Despite having one of the league's most talented rosters, they're one stupid penalty or coaching decision away from full implosion.
Minnesota will be an "it" team next year too but I fully expect the Vikings to regress when faced with a more difficult schedule. Meanwhile, the trio I'd explore here are the Cowboys, Chiefs and Ravens.
Dallas and Baltimore dealt with major injuries to key contributors this season but the experience gained by essential backups will pay dividends next year. I'm extremely intrigued by the Ravens, given they lost nine games by eight points or less.
Baltimore's first five losses all came by six points or less, including four road defeats with a brutal West Coast swing to kick things off. If they happen to be on the right side of injury luck next season, the Ravens are my early pick to represent the AFC at NRG Stadium in Houston for the Super Bowl.
The rest ...
40/1 -- Falcons, Texans, Giants, Redskins, Bears, Lions, Saints
50/1 -- Eagles, Bucs, Rams, Dolphins, Titans, Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers
60/1 -- 49ers
200/1 -- Browns
This is the group that's always toughest to decipher yet every single season we see a team rise from the depths to contend for a conference title.
Of this group, Houston at 40/1 is the most intriguing. They're a competent quarterback away from taking the next step in the postseason progression; unfortunately for the Texans, above average quarterbacks don't grow on trees. Houston is loaded on the defensive side and a young receiving corps will only get better with the continued development of DeAndre Hopkins.
The Bucs at 50/1 also catch my eye. They have offensive playmakers at all the key position, plus an underrated offensive line. I'm not a big fan of new head coach Dirk Koetter, but he can't really be much worse than Lovie Smith.
I'm not saying Tampa will dethrone Carolina int he NFC South, but calling the Bucs the division's second-most talented team isn't as ridiculous as some might think.
That said, if you're forcing my feet to the fire for a worthwhile investment this far out, you could do a lot worse than plunking down a few shekels on Baltimore at 30/1.
Todd Fuhrman arrived to SportsLine with an extensive resume in the sports gambling industry. Fuhrman got his start at Caesars Palace as a financial analyst back in 2005 before transitioning into sportsbook operations full time. Since his departure from the Palace back in 2011, he's experienced a meteoric rise as a gambling insider and trusted voice in the field. During his previous stint at Fox Sports he covered every sport with a point spread ranging from college and pro football to NASCAR and soccer. Follow Todd @ToddFuhrman