Following a six-month hiatus, the NFL is finally set to return this week with the first preseason game of 2018. All 32 teams have reported to training camp, and the start of the regular season is a little over a month away.

With no losses on anyone’s record and few key players having been ruled out for the year with season-ending injuries just yet, a case can be made for nearly every team to become a playoff contender. Getting to the postseason puts you in position to win the 2019 Super Bowl, and the list of legitimate championship contenders might be longer than at any point in recent seasons.

Of course, a handful of teams still stand out as the favorites to win next year’s title. The New England Patriots have the best odds to be crowned NFL champions at Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019 inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

New England has won nine straight AFC East titles and reached the Super Bowl in three of the last four years. They came just shy of winning their third Super Bowl since 2014 when they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in the final game of the 2018 postseason.

The Patriots have 13/2 Super Bowl odds, and the Eagles are the only other team that has better than 10/1 championship odds. Nick Foles led Philadelphia to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history after Carson Wentz tore his ACL, and Wentz will be back under center after playing like an MVP candidate before getting hurt.

 

 

The Los Angeles Rams are the second favorite in the NFC. They didn’t make it past Wild-Card Weekend last year, but they might have more talent than anyone in the conference.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to be New England’s biggest competition in the AFC, once again. New England and Pittsburgh are the only two teams from the conference with better than 20/1 Super Bowl odds. Five NFC teams have 16/1 odds or better.

The Green Bay Packers have the best Super Bowl odds of any team that missed last year’s playoffs. Aaron Rodgers missed more than half the 2017 season with an injury.

No team is expected to take a bigger leap than the San Francisco 49ers. Following a last-place finish in the NFC West, San Francisco is considered to be the division’s second-best team and a real threat to make the playoffs. Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback in Week 1 after going 5-0 as the starter.

The three worst Super Bowl odds are all owned by AFC East teams. The New York Jets are the biggest long shot to win a championship. The Buffalo Bills aren't far behind their division rivals, even though they made the playoffs last season.

Philadelphia had 50/1 Super Bowl odds during the 2017 preseason. The New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks have 50/1 odds heading into the 2018 preseason.