Five Best Super Bowl 54 Sleepers
A lot can change in just one offseason in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52, but were considered 50-1 long shots just months before. You never know who will jump up the standings from one season to the next.
Nitrogen Sports Blog lists down five Super Bowl sleepers with the potential to shock the world by winning it all in the next NFL season.
Top 5 NFL Super Bowl 54 dark horses
You can make a case that the Browns should be categorized as among the favorites and not as Super Bowl 54 sleepers, but let’s also remind everyone that these are the Browns we are talking about.
There is excitement in The Land just as much as there is anxiety from the fans, many have been conditioned to expect something will go wrong for the team when everything seems to be trending positively. In any case, the Browns are loaded with talent and promise.
After bringing wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on board, the Browns are looking to join the NFL’s elite. Finishing with a 7-8-1 record in 2018, the Browns are a team on the rise.
Cleveland’s positive outlook begins with Baker Mayfield, who appears to be the answer to the Browns’ long search for a franchise quarterback. With Mayfield getting another elite weapon downfield, the Browns are poised to take a giant leap to the top of the AFC North and, hopefully, to the top of the NFL.
It will take time for football fans to get used to hearing the Browns involved in discussions of Super Bowl 54 favorites. For Cleveland, it’s about living up to the hype and delivering on a rare promise brought about by their talented roster.
New York Jets
The Jets made a serious splash when they landed dynamic running back Le’Veon Bell. Jets QB Sam Darnold should be pleased to have an elite running back to help him carry the team’s offense in his second year in the league.
With Adam Gase stepping in as the Jets’ new head coach, Darnold’s progress, and Bell’s arrival in New York, the Jets’ future looks promising. If Bell plays like his old self, the Jets could be a dangerous team.
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers showed he can still wing it by leading the Chargers’ offense that finished 10th in passing yards per game in 2018, and one that was eighth overall with 26.8 points per game. He’s one of the oldest quarterbacks in the NFL heading into the 2019 season, but he’s savvy enough and got plenty of weapons to help him sustain the Chargers’ attack.
The Chiefs are the defending AFC West champs, but will have plenty of questions hounding them with personnel issues, so look for Los Angeles to capitalize on it. The Chargers are Super Bowl 54 sleepers with odds of +2,000 to win it all.
The Cardinals’ offense showed promise last year. Now they will have up-and-coming offensive guru, Kliff Kingsbury at the helm. They’ll also have a change under center after trading away Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins and selecting Kyler Murray as the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Although the Cards struggled last season, they’ll come into this year’s campaign with a revamped offensive line and a bolstered defense. Kliff Kingsbury will definitely enjoy deploying pass-catching RB David Johnson in multiple roles. With a first-year head coach and a rookie quarterback, the Cardinals look every bit the part of a Super Bowl 54 sleeper — or long shot.
With Nick Foles under center, the Jaguars think they’ve added the missing piece. The Jags already have a good defense, and they believe they have an all pro in RB Leonard Fournette. But Blake Bortles couldn’t make it work for the Jags. Now they’ll hand the reins over to the MVP of Super Bowl 52.
It’s understandable for football fans outside of Massachusetts to feel fatigued by the still ongoing dynasty of the New England Patriots after Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and company won another Super Bowl last February.
More people are likely going to find it more exciting if any of the Super Bowl 54 sleepers we discussed above will come away with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the 2019 season.
Nitrogen Sports Blog can’t wait for the 2019 NFL season to kick off. For the meantime, we’ll regularly produce football articles to add to our growing NFL content, which also include a sports betting guide for new bettors.