No one seems to be able to make up their mind about where the Vince Lombardi trophy will end up this season. No team is without some serious flaw, which just adds to the heated debate of who will come out on top at US Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis in February. With four weeks to go in the regular season however, some of the play-off contenders are starting to show themselves. Here is a look at some of teams most likely to be bound for Minneapolis and Super Bowl LII glory:
As always, the New England Patriots are going to have a role to play in January. They are the reigning champions and top-picks with most bookmakers to retain the trophy. However, they are not without problems, most of which come down to an injury-ravaged roster. Still, they lead the AFC East comfortably and may have the edge over their rivals in terms of big game experience. There is also the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick factor. Two serial winners who have made us all look like fools for doubting them before.
Boasting a share of the best record in NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles are the top pick for many to conquer the conference at the very least. Much has been made of their rock-solid defense, but plaudits must also go to the offense and quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles offense has been on fire in scoring 361 points, and Wentz, with 29 touchdown passes, is having a season that demands MVP recognition. Could a showdown with Brady at Super Bowl LII be in the cards?
If the Patriots don’t make it to the Super Bowl, it is likely to be the Pittsburgh Steelers who stop them in their tracks. It had been a quiet start to the season for the Steelers’ offense, before it broke out over the last three weeks. In Ben Roethlisberger, they have a leader who has the weaponry to take the Steelers all the way. They have been gaining some momentum in recent weeks. If they can keep it up, Roethlisberger may soon be wearing his third Super Bowl ring.
It is difficult to look outside of the three teams mentioned above for a serious tilt at the Super Bowl. The Chiefs, who were backed by many earlier in the season, find themselves into a bit of a rut, especially in terms of offense. It would be a big surprise if they turn it around now. The other leader of the NFC, potentially primed for a strong play-off run might be the Vikings though. They have really hit their stride of late, winning their last eight games with some excellent offense. The fact that Super Bowl LII will be held in their home stadium could be a big factor should they make it that far. They could potentially be the only team to ever play in the Super Bowl in their own home stadium.
It has been a strange season so far in NFL, with the narrative changing on a weekly basis. If you want to keep abreast of the news, or have a bet on NFL games, you can check out William Hill’s football odds and game updates. There will be undoubtedly be many more twists on turns on the road to Minneapolis, but if history tells us anything – the journey to get there will be unmissable.