GURU REVEALS: 3 NFL Superbowl Darkhorse Candidates for 2016-7

The 2016 NFL season kicks off in September but all eyes are on a few of the top teams around the NFL. Those teams feature the New England Patriots who are the early Super Bowl favorite on most of the sports betting sites including Covers and OddShark. Along with the Patriots the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers, the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers sit as the top five favorites to win Super Bowl LI.

While all five of these teams look great on paper during the offseason they will enter the season with the same identical record as the other 27 NFL teams. This opens up the door for a few of the dark horse teams around the NFL to have a chance at taking home the Lombardi Trophy. Last season we saw a Panthers team rebound from a under .500 record to make a trip to Super Bowl 50.

Along with that trip, the Panthers rewarded their fans and sports bettors who elected to pick them before the season with an NFC Championship title. That win in the NFC Championship game rewarded those sports bettors with a solid return. Prior to the season the Panthers had odds of +2500 to win the NFC Championship and +5000 to win the Super Bowl. In the end the NFC Championship Crown rewarded those lucky fans $2,500 on a $100 bet entering the season.

Now the big question entering the 2016 NFL season is which teams might be the best dark horses to take a chance on. Here are three NFL teams that could surprise many during the 2016 NFL season.

Baltimore Ravens (+3,200): Last season at this time the Ravens were an early favorite to take home the Lombardi Trophy. This time around many experts have called for the Ravens to finish behind both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. The team’s success this season will revolve around how well Joe Flacco has recovered from a knee injury late in the season that forced him to have surgery during the off-season. If the Ravens have a healthy Flacco to go along with both Steve Smith and Breshard Perriman at receiver this team could make a similar run as we saw just a few seasons ago.

Houston Texans (+5,200): Despite the fact the Texans took home the AFC South crown last season the experts don’t have much faith in them to build on this season. This team will continue to be built around one of the best defensive players in the NFL J.J. Watt but the team also added a new weapon to the offense. That weapon is quarterback Brock Osweiler who was a key part in the Denver Broncos regular season success last season. The same can’t be said about the Texans quarterback situation last season as Brian Hoyer struggled against the Kansas City Chiefs during Wild Card weekend finishing the game connecting on less than 50% of his passes while throwing a costly four interceptions in the teams 30-0 loss. The addition of Osweiler could be the one key piece the Texans needed last season to make a deep run.

Jacksonville Jaguars (+6,000): Now before anyone laughs this pick off this team has a very solid young nucleus they have been building around over the past few seasons. That includes on the offensive side of the ball that features Blake Bortles under center and possible the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL. On the opposite side of the ball the team addressed some needs by adding Malik Jackson and Prince Amukamara through free agency. The team will also have 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler back after he missed all of last season due to a leg injury and will also be able to add talent with the fifth overall pick during the 2016 NFL draft.