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NFL 2015-16: The rush for the ‘Golden Super Bowl’ is on…

09 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
NFL 2015-16: The rush for the ‘Golden Super Bowl’ is on…

The NFL is back as the 'Greatest Show on Turf' approaches a landmark 50th year - but who'll get their hands on the gold?

They’re calling this one the ‘Golden Super Bowl’.

Not only does this season see the NFL’s showpiece event – The Super Bowl – celebrate a golden 50 year anniversary, but the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ heads to the Golden State of California, where San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium plays host to this year’s razzle-dazzle championship game.

The Levi’s Stadium – home the 49ers, of course, named in homage to the 1849 California Gold Rush, where everyone flocked West in search of untold riches.

But milestone season theming and branding aside – who’s actually in with a chance of winning the thing?

We take a look through each division and sum up each team’s chances…

AFC East

There’s nowhere else to start but with the New England Patriots (8/1).

The reigning Super Bowl champs are now back to full strength after star quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension was overturned – they’re looking likely AFC Champions again at 7/2.

Elsewhere in the division, the Miami Dolphins (28/1) are expecting another strong showing, thanks to a tough as nails defence – now bolstered by the rock-hard giant, Ndamukong Suh.

He’ll be needed to avoid a repeat of last year, where their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, was sacked 46 times.

Behind them, the Buffalo Bills (33/1) are a good team that suffer from inconsistency at the worst times, while the New York Jets (66/1) are hoping that their heavily fancied draft pick, defensive linesman Leonard Williams, will prove to be the rock they’re missing.

AFC East betting

AFC North

Unlike the AFC East, the AFC North is usually defined as three solid teams and one wobbler.

The Baltimore Ravens (25/1) are widely expected to be division winners this year, mainly thanks to the recruitment of ex-Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman, known to fans as the ‘quarterback-whisperer’.

Now offensive coordinator, if he can make Joe Flacco even better, watch out.

Over in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers (28/1) need to support the mouth-watering QB-RB-WR trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown with a good calibre of cover, now that center Maurkice Pouncey is out with a broken leg. Otherwise they could be undone.

The Cincinnati Bengals (33/1) are a team that seem to stumble when the playoffs come around. Can QB Andy Dalton start to prove his worth in the post-season?

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns (80/1) seem to have become the whipping boys of the North, but new boy Danny Shelton has the ability to make a difference in defence.

AFC North betting

AFC South

If the Patriots are the heavyweights of the AFC East, the Indianapolis Colts (9/1) are the undisputed heavyweights of the AFC South.

Andrew Luck seems to keep improving as a quarterback, and with the addition of Andre Johnson and especially veteran running back Frank Gore, he will have even more options to hit. Dark horses for the Super Bowl.

The Houston Texans (40/1). Good defence (JJ Watt – I’m looking at you). Good secondary. Offence? We’ll get back to you on that.

Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars (200/1) – perennial first pickers for finishing bottom of everything – actually look to have a spark thanks to second-year QB Blake Bortles being able to hit new tight end Julius Thomas.

Lastly, the Tennessee Titans (250/1) refused to bow to pressure and held onto their second overall pick in the draft to grab quarterback Marcus Mariota. How he performs will be the difference between another forgettable year and something more.

AFC South betting

AFC West

A proper heavyweight division. Getting Peyton Manning to sign up for another year might just be one of the best decisions new Denver Broncos (14/1) head coach Gary Kubiak has ever made.

Or he might bomb, we just don’t know – but it’s unlikely. He threw 39 touchdowns last year, a phenomenal return. Surround him with fast runners and their sound defence, and the team will be fine.

Breathing down their neck is sure to be the San Diego Chargers (33/1). Falling short of the playoffs by a single game last year, they also held onto their star QB, Philip Rivers.

Added to their improved running game, they should go one better and make the playoffs this time.

The running game is not a problem for the Kansas City Chiefs (40/1), having the lightning-quick Jamaal Charles on their books. It’s their passing game where they falter, which could count against them when it counts.

Over in California, could the Oakland Raiders’ (250/1) ninth head coach in 12 years finally be the one? Their roster looks decent across the board, but a shaky secondary offering could derail any promise they have.

AFC West betting

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