We're just about a month away from training camp, meaning that we can see the end of the tunnel of the one true NFL dead period. Of course, everything that has happened over the course of the past few months and that will happen in training camp, preseason, and the regular season are all building towards one thing: the Super Bowl. This year will be the 50th Super Bowl and will be played in Santa Clara, California at Levi's Stadium.
For some teams, the Super Bowl dream appears to be nothing more than that: simply a dream. But for a number of others, it could be a reality. The Indianapolis Colts are among that second group, as they are widely considered to be Super Bowl contenders in 2015. Count the oddsmakers in that group, as Bovada continues to give the Colts very good odds at making and winning the Super Bowl.
In the most recent odds, the Colts have the third-best odds to win the Super Bowl at 8/1, behind only the Green Bay Packers (6/1) and the Seattle Seahawks (13/2). The Colts remain the AFC favorites, something that has been the case since Tom Brady's suspension and the Patriots' punishment earlier this offseason. The Patriots have the fourth-best Super Bowl odds at 9/1, just behind the Colts. The Dallas Cowboys (10/1) round out the top five, while the Denver Broncos (12/1), Philadelphia Eagles (20/1), Arizona Cardinals (25/1), Baltimore Ravens (25/1), and Pittsburgh Steelers (25/1) make up the rest of the top ten.
The Colts have the best Super Bowl odds of any AFC team and the third-best odds overall of any NFL team to win Super Bowl 50, and they also have the best odds of any AFC South team by a wide margin. The Houston Texans have the 25th best odds in the league at 50/1, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are tied for the worst Super Bowl odds in the NFL at 200/1. So the Colts easily have the best odds of any team in their division, have the best odds of any team in their conference, and have among the best odds of any team in the league. That's pretty good, and it's once again very clear that the expectations are very high for the Colts this year.
With Andrew Luck at quarterback and with a plethora of talent surrounding him on the offensive side of the ball (including T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, and Frank Gore), as well as a defense that figures to be at least improved from a year ago, the hype is warranted. The Colts still have faults and they still have yet to show they can get past the Patriots, but after making it to the AFC Championship game last year and seemingly improving this offseason, the Super Bowl hype is alive and well in Indianapolis. With the third-best odds of any NFL team to win Super Bowl 50 next February, it's clear that the hype isn't just limited to Indianapolis either.