Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) and quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrate a touchdown.  / © Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) and quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrate a touchdown. / © Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

4 Super Bowl Futures to Consider in 2022

It is prime futures season in the NFL with the first slate of exhibition contests in the books. If you’re someone who enjoys holding onto a few lottery tickets, this article is for you.

Below are four teams that I believe provide value in the futures market. The picks are a mixture of medium odds to more aggressive dart throws. None of the teams with the top-five shortest odds are listed, though you can easily make a case for any of them: Bills +650, Buccaneers +700, Packers +1000, Chiefs +1000 and Rams +1000.

Here are my favorite choices that offer juicy odds.

Los Angeles Chargers (+1400)

There’s an easy case to be made that the Chargers are the most talented and complete roster in the NFL. Equipped with arguably the league’s biggest rising star in Justin Herbert, the Bolts are loaded top to bottom. The Chargers have invested heavily in its offensive line with 2021 first-round pick Rashawn Slater at left tackle and highly paid Corey Linsley at center.

Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Joshua Palmer and Gerald Everett headline a renowned collection of skill players. Defensively the Chargers added J.C. Jackson at corner opposite Asante Samuel Jr. and Khalil Mack to the pass rush opposite Joey Bosa. Derwin James Jr. is also back healthy.

The only reason you can get the Chargers at 14/1 is because they play in the toughest division in football. It’s far from a guarantee that the Chargers (+220) edge out the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos to win the AFC West. But why not take the value with the understanding that they are more than capable of doing so?

You have every right to not trust this franchise given… *checks notes* … the entire history of its existence. However, I’m willing to bet on the Chargers once again given their overwhelming amount of talent.

Philadelphia Eagles (+2500)

An important factor when considering long-shot Super Bowl futures is whether or not a team can win its own division. Philadelphia is a narrow underdog to win the NFC East, having been bet down all the way to +145 with Dallas at +135. 

The Cowboys are +1800 to win the Super Bowl, but I’d rather take the extra +700 and roll with the Eagles, the team I believe is superior. Philadelphia has one of the game’s top offensive lines once again after paving the way for the NFL’s top rushing offense in 2021. The collection of Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott should continue to be an immensely productive committee. 

The passing game should be equally as potent following the addition of A.J. Brown this offseason. Philadelphia’s ceiling depends on the progression of Jalen Hurts. I’m bullish on the third-year QB. Hurts was a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 80 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener against the Jets. 

Indianapolis Colts (+2500)

The Colts have the fourth-shortest odds (-140) to win their division of any team in the NFL. That speaks to how weak the AFC South is this year, but it’s still notable because winning your division guarantees a home playoff game.

Indianapolis won nine games in 2021 and narrowly missed the postseason. Matt Ryan should be a significant upgrade at quarterback over Carson Wentz as he leads a roster that is quietly one of the most complete in the entire league. 

Quenton Nelson headlines a top-shelf offensive line that should continue to pave the way for Jonathan Taylor to rack up huge numbers. I also expect third-year wideout Michael Pittman to be a household name by season’s end.

Star linebacker Shaquille Leonard (formerly went by Darius) will miss the start of the season as he continues his rehab from offseason back surgery, but there’s still plenty of talent on that Colts defense, led by DeForest Buckner, Yannick Ngakoue and Stephon Gilmore. 

Minnesota Vikings (+3000)

This is the longest shot that I think still has value in the futures market. The Packers (-180) are overwhelming favorites to win the NFC North once again. The Vikings are at +250. But with an offense that should be among the league’s best, Minnesota just needs to play a lick of defense to have a chance. 

The issue is that the Vikings were abysmal on defense in 2021, ranking 30th in total yards allowed, 24th in scoring, 29th in rushing yards allowed per attempt and 23rd in passing yards allowed per attempt. The veteran additions of Za’Darius Smith, Jordan Hicks and Harrison Phillips should help the defense’s overall competency. The Vikings also used a first-round pick on safety Lewis Cine and a second-rounder on cornerback Andrew Booth.

Finally, the arrival of new head coach Kevin O’Connell should be an upgrade over the former regime lead by Mike Zimmer. 

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