Vikings, Colts Face Tough Road Ahead

The 2012-13 NFL postseason is in the rearview mirror, the Baltimore Ravens have been crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions, and fans, analysts and oddsmakers alike are hunkering down for yet another painfully long offseason – but that doesn’t mean we have to stop betting on the NFL.

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Of the 12 teams that qualified for the playoffs this season, only eight managed to keep themselves above the rest of the pack in the earliest batch of 2013-14 NFL futures.

All of the Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, in contrast, lost ground to various potential contenders who, although didn’t qualify for the postseason in 2012, sit poised to do so next year (think Giants, Saints, etc.).

Yes, the Vikings, even with Adrian Peterson’s MVP campaign have just 40/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl; that’s a mark lower than the Chargers and tied with the New Jets.

While much of Washington’s 2014 fate depends on Robert Griffin III’s recovery from the cringe-worthy knee injury he suffered in the opening round of this postseason, the demotion down the NFL line is effectively Vegas betting against the continued development of Indy and Cincy youngsters Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.

Think you know how next year’s postseason picture will shape up? It’s never too early to let your voice be heard.

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