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2017 Super Bowl Odds: Dallas Cowboys With Fifth-Best Odds

Out with the old and in with the new. Super Bowl 50 hasn't even been played yet and we already have new Super Bowl odds! Check out the 2017 Super Bowl odds for all 32 NFL teams below.

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Sure, the Broncos and Panthers are the two teams left standing at the end of this season, but that doesn't mean they are also the top two teams when it comes to next year's odds. In fact, there are four teams with better odds than the Panthers, and eight teams with better odds than the Broncos to make next year's Super Bowl.

One reason for those odds is that from a historical perspective, the odds are stacked against either of this year's finalists making it back to the Super Bowl next year:

Year Super Bowl Winner Next season Loser Next season
2015 XLIX (49) Patriots Conference Championship Seahawks Divisional Round
2014 XLVIII (48) Seahawks Super Bowl loser Broncos Divisional Round
2013 XLVII (47) Ravens missed playoffs 49ers Conference Championship
2012 XLVI (46) NY Giants missed playoffs Patriots Conference Championship
2011 XLV (45) Packers Divisional Round Steelers Wildcard Round
2010 XLIV (44) Saints Wildcard Round Colts Wildcard Round
2009 XLIII (43) Steelers missed playoffs Cardinals Divisional Round
2008 XLII (42) NY Giants Divisional Round Patriots missed playoffs
2007 XLI (41) Colts Divisional Round Bears missed playoffs
2006 XL (40) Steelers missed playoffs Seahawks Divisional Round
2005 XXXIX (39) Patriots Divisional Round Eagles missed playoffs
2004 XXXVIII (38) Patriots Super Bowl winner Panthers missed playoffs
2003 XXXVII (37) Buccaneers missed playoffs Raiders missed playoffs
  • Of the 28 teams participating in the last 14 Super Bowls, 10 missed the playoffs entirely the next season.
  • Only five of those 28 teams made it beyond the Divisional Round the following year.
  • Only twice over the last thirteen years has a Super Bowl participant made it back to the Super Bowl the following year, the Patriots in 2004 & 2005, and the Seahawks in 2014 & 2015.

So let's take look at which teams the Vegas bookmakers see as the favorites for the Super Bowl next year. The Patriots, with what will be a 39-year old Tom Brady, open as the favorites for 2017, immediately followed by the Seahawks and Steelers. The Cowboys open at 15-1, which ties them at fifth overall according to the Vegas Insider Odds as of 6:00 am this morning.

Dez Bryant was quoted yesterday saying he believed the Cowboys have moved a step closer to the Super Bowl despite their 4-12 record last year, and the odds seem to bear this out. Last year, the Cowboys opened with 18-1 odds en route to a 4-12 season; the year before they opened with 66-1 odds en route to a 12-4 season.

Which just goes to show that a lot can happen between now and the end of next season. Last year, the Colts (12-1), Cowboys (18-1), Eagles (25-1), 49ers, Saints, Ravens, and Lions (all 30-1) were among the top 12 early Super Bowl favorites, but all failed to make the playoffs.

Here's how the 32 NFL teams stack up in the early Vegas odds for the 2017 Super Bowl.

Team Odds Team Odds
New England Patriots 8 to 1 New Orleans Saints 40 to 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 to 1 N.Y. Jets 40 to 1
Seattle Seahawks 10 to 1 Washington Redskins 40 to 1
Green Bay Packers 12 to 1 Chicago Bears 50 to 1
Arizona Cardinals 15 to 1 Houston Texans 50 to 1
Carolina Panthers 15 to 1 Los Angeles Rams 50 to 1
Cincinnati Bengals 15 to 1 N.Y. Giants 50 to 1
Dallas Cowboys 15 to 1 San Franciso 49ers 50 to 1
Denver Broncos 20 to 1 Miami Dolphins 55 to 1
Indianapolis Colts 20 to 1 Philadelphia Eagles 55 to 1
Kansas City Chiefs 25 to 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 60 to 1
Minnesota Vikings 25 to 1 Oakland Raiders 60 to 1
Baltimore Ravens 30 to 1 San Diego Chargers 60 to 1
Atlanta Falcons 40 to 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 60 to 1
Buffalo Bills 40 to 1 Tennessee Titans 60 to 1
Detroit Lions 40 to 1 Cleveland Browns 200 to 1

Futures odds for Super Bowl LI (the NFL is going back to Roman numerals next year) show the Cowboys among the early favorites, and as a strong favorite to win the NFC East.

There are lots of things that can change between now and the end of the 2016 season, but these odds are a strong indicator that the betting public believes the window for the Cowboys to be a Super Bowl contender is not closed yet - despite last year's 4-12 record.

The Cowboys have 18 unrestricted free agents, but the core of their roster will remain intact. All five Pro Bowlers are still under contract, and Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick are all expected back healthy for next season. Plus they'll get a shot in the arm from the most premium draft position they've had since they drafted first overall in 1991.

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