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Super Bowl Favorites to Start the Upcoming Season

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites; Who Are the Season’s Early Favorites to Win it All?

The 2016-2017 NFL regular season is set to kick off on Thursday, September 8th with the Carolina Panthers taking on the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, the preseason will start on Thursday, August 11th. Until then, it’s time for the predictions to begin — especially who the Super Bowl favorites are.

Super Bowl FavoritesWe brought you some fantasy football predictions and even some Super Bowl sleeper-teams for this upcoming season. Now, it’s time to introduce our Super Bowl favorites for the 51st Anniversary event.

Last season, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos met in Super Bowl 50 to decide the champion. In a game controlled by Denver most of the way, Peyton Manning put an end to amazing career as he brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

With all of the excitement this season has to offer, there are a plethora of teams that could slither their way to a championship. However, there a few teams that hold the advantage going into Week  1.

Who are they?

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites

Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Season

10-6 (2nd in AFC North)

Points For: 423  /  Points Against: 319

287.7 passing yards per game (3rd in NFL)  /  107.8 rushing yards per game (16th in NFL)

2015 Top Players

Offense

QB Ben Roethlisberger – 3,938 passing yards, 21 TD

RB DeAngelo Williams – 200 carries, 907 yards, 11 TD

WR Antonio Brown – 136 receptions, 1,834 yards, 10 TD

Defense

LB Lawrence Timmons – 119 tackles

DE Cameron Heyward – 7.0 sacks

FS Mike Mitchell – 3 interceptions

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites

Green Bay Packers

Last Season

10-6 (2nd in NFC North)

Points For: 368  /  Points Against: 323

218.9 passing yards per game (T-25th in NFL)  /  115.6 rushing yards per game (12th in NFL)

2015 Top Players

Offense

QB Aaron Rodgers – 3,821 passing yards, 31 TD

RB Eddie Lacy – 187 carries, 758 rushing yards, 3 TD

WR James Jones – 50 receptions, 890 receiving yards, 8 TD

Defense

FS HaHa Clinton-Dix – 100 tackles

LB Julius Peppers – 10.5 sacks

FS Micah Hyde – 3 interceptions

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites

New England Patriots

Last Season

12-4 (1st in AFC East)

Points For: 465  /  Points Against: 315

286.7 passing yards per game (5th in NFL)  /  87.8 rushing yards per game (30th in NFL)

2015 Top Players

Offense

QB Tom Brady – 4,770 passing yards, 36 TD

RB LeGarrette Blount – 165 carries, 703 rushing yards, 6 TD

WR Rob Gronkowski – 72 receptions, 1,176 receiving yards, 11 TD

Defense

LB Jamie Collins – 89 tackles

DE Chandler Jones – 12.5 sacks

CB Logan Ryan – 4 interceptions

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites

Carolina Panthers

Last Season

15-1 (1st in NFC South)

Points For: 500  /  Points Against: 308

224.3 passing yards per game (24th in NFL)  /  142.6 rushing yards per game (2nd in NFL)

2015 Top Players

Offense

QB Cam Newton – 3,837 passing yards, 35 TD

RB Jonathan Stewart – 242 carries, 989 rushing yards, 6 TD

WR Gregg Olsen – 77 receptions, 1,104 receiving yards, 7 TD

Defense

LB Luke Kuechly – 118 tackles

DT Kawann Short – 11 sacks

DB Kurt Coleman – 7 interceptions

Super Bowl Favorites

Super Bowl Favorites

Seattle Seahawks

Last Season

10-6 (2nd in NFC West)

Points For: 423  /  Points Against: 277

236.9 passing yards per game (20th in NFL)  /  141.8 rushing yards per game (3rd in NFL)

2015 Top Players

Offense

QB Russell Wilson – 4,024 passing yards, 34 TD

RB Thomas Rawls – 147 carries, 830 rushing yards, 4 TD

WR Doug Baldwin – 78 receptions, 1,069 receiving yards, 14 TD

Defense

LB K.J. Wright – 116 tackles

DE Michael Bennett – 10 sacks

FS Earl Thomas – 5 interceptions

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