Many teams have rebuilt through the draft or free agency, while others have barely changed anything. However, in the end only one of these teams will become world champions. Here are my 6 favourite teams to win the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Pick #1: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is an easy pick. The Buccs should be the favourite for every game they play this year. Tom Brady has said it as well as several other members of the Buccaneers, an undefeated season is the main goal. I don’t expect a Super Bowl hangover from these guys as they are retooled and will remain focused under the guidance of Tom Brady.
Last year’s champions have had all of their starters return as well as other key pieces on their depth chart. On top of that, they added some nice pieces and depth through the draft and free agency, namely the versatile Giovani Bernard and aggressive Joe Tyron. However, the biggest addition this year isn’t a player or coach but rather, time.
“I think it’s all up to him on how great he’s going to be.”
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 24, 2021
The Buccaneers dominated the Chiefs in last year’s Super Bowl in a year where they had no offseason to develop chemistry and timing. Now they have had a year playing together to develop chemistry, and a full offseason to understand the playbook.
A team that won the Super Bowl with an elite quarterback, elite wide receiving group, solid offensive line, ferocious defense and reliable special team, are now all returning with experience together and a full offseason. Football is a team sport and bar any injuries, there is no reason why the Buccaneers should not only be be favourites to win Super Bowl but also a chance to go undefeated.
Super Bowl Pick #2: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are another easy pick. Patrick Mahomes is the most insanely talented quarterback I have ever watched in my life so any team led by Mahomes will always be a contender. Last season, the Chiefs fell to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. The primary reason the Chiefs failed in the big game was due to an insane amount of pressure on Mahomes arising from a weakened offensive line, which was a result of injuries throughout the season and COVID.
In response, the Chiefs have spent significant draft capital and money via trade to ensure this issue never comes up again. The Chiefs offensive line looks like one of the best in the league after adding budding star tackle Orlando Brown Jr., great veterans at guard in Joe Thuney and Kyle Long, as well as centre Austin Blythe.
Back to work in this KC heat 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VWps123ABo
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 24, 2021
The Chiefs are also getting back Pro Bowl guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff who didn’t play last season, choosing to assist in the COVID effort as he is a qualified medical doctor. The Chiefs have sured up their only significant weakness, and have the rest of the solid Chiefs roster returning.
As highlighted by Mahomes’ playoff performances, as long as the offensive line holds and the rest of the team remains solid, there is no team that the Chiefs can’t beat and no lead that is safe. The Chiefs have been a lock to make the Super Bowl with Mahomes under the helm, so until we are proven wrong, we should assume the Chiefs make it to the big game.
Super Bowl Pick #3: Buffalo Bills
The Bills have looked increasingly like contenders for the past few years and this may be the year they make the jump. The Bills playoff hopes will lean heavily on Josh Allen, the young big armed, mobile giant at quarterback for the Bills. Allen has shown flashes where he has played as well as Mahomes if not better, imagine giant who can run through you and make any throw!
The Bills’ defense has become stronger with the Bills 2 first picks going toward defensive lineman, Ed Oliver returning to his natural position on the line as well as the elite Jerry Hughes returning. The Bills secondary remains as opportunistic as ever as they hold one of the best safety units in the NFL and All Pro Tre’davious White returning.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) August 25, 2021
This Bills defense could end up being a top 10 defense in the league as the stronger front line plays complementary football with the high flying secondary. Offensively, the Bills also look good with more time and chemistry being built between Allen and Stefan Diggs, as well as the addition of underrated Emmanuel Sanders who seems like a lock for another 1,000 yard season.
A receiving core of Diggs, Sanders and Cole Beasley is one of the best and most versatile in the league. The Bills went 13-3 last season and lost only in the AFC Championship to the Chiefs. This season, if Allen can continue to get better, and the Bills defense continues to get better, the Super Bowl is on the cards for this sneaky good team.
Super Bowl Pick #4: Cleveland Browns
The Browns were one of the most hyped NFL teams 2 seasons ago with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. and the apparent rise of Baker Mayfield. However, due to injuries and poor chemistry, the Browns failed to live up to the hype and have fallen out of the hype.
However, I think that this is the year for the Browns and it isn’t because of Baker or Odell. The Browns have the best offensive line in the league with 5 elite starters, the best edge rushers in the league led by Myles Garrett and Jadaveon Clowney, the best running back duo in the league with Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, an elite wide receiving core with Odell and Jarvis Landry, as well as a top 10 secondary full of young talent.
.@LilEasy_35 really has a nose for the 🏈. That’s 2️⃣ INTs this preseason!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 24, 2021
The Browns have put in place a complete team around Baker Mayfield and I think that as long as Baker can hold up his end of the bargain this team is capable of beating anyone. The Browns have all the pieces you need for a winning football team, a ferocious pass rush, elite running game paired with the best offensive line in the game, a lockdown secondary and a franchise quarterback. If Baker Mayfield can play his best football or even make a jump to the next level, look for the Browns to shock the world and make a run at the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Pick #5: San Francisco 49ers
After an injury ravaged season the 49ers return with a quarterback competition brewing between incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo and first round pick Trey Lyles. Lyles has been compared to Patrick Mahomes as he has elite arm potential. Trey Lyles has been impressive throughout camp and has impressed many.
However, Garoppolo is a proven commodity and has led the 49ers to within one throw of winning the Super Bowl before. Other than the uncertainty around the quarterback position, the 49ers are solid at every position and are led by one of the smartest offensive minds in the NFL in Kyle Shanahan.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 23, 2021
The 49ers offense is a run first powerhouse commanded by a coach who has shown he can manipulate opposing offenses at will. On the other side of the ball, the 49ers have one of the best front ends in the NFL with an elite defensive line and linebacker group. The pressure generated by this front 7 certainly makes the average secondary look better than it is but as long as they keep generating pressure behind Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Arik Armstead, NFL offenses will have a hard time making big plays.
Two seasons ago the 49ers had the best defense in the league and nearly took out the formidable Chiefs, and now they are back, better than ever. The 49ers have all the pieces needed to win a championship, the question now is will they return to form after a season full of injuries, or will they remain out of the playoffs as a result of a QB controversy.
Super Bowl Pick #6: New England Patriots
The greatest coach of all time has gone on one of the largest spending sprees of all time. Belichick has given out more guaranteed money on free agents this offseason than any other GM or front manager in history. Although there were many elite marquee free agents this offseason, Belichick added safe and reliable players to solidify essentially every position.
There is still a question around who starts at quarterback between Mac Jones and Cam Newton, as well as the receiving core especially after losing Julian Edelman. Despite this, the Patriots boast one of the best lines in the league, the best secondary and a solid linebacker unit with the return of Donte Hightower.
The most intriguing part of this team and the reason I think they will make a run for the Super Bowl is the dynamic tight end duo of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. The last time the Patriots had a unit this good was with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. The tight end duo should provide genius offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with plenty of options offensively despite the weak wide receiver unit.
“These joint practices get extremely competitive, that’s what we need.”
Judon, Smith getting in a groove as Patriots get ready to host Giants: https://t.co/o3BpUBQhOm
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 24, 2021
I think these tight ends make life a whole lot easier for Cam Newton who is finally fully healthy after years of lingering injuries have plagued his career. Even if the Patriots move away from Newton, they drafted the heir apparent in Mac Jones who people have dubbed “the next Tom Brady”.
After a forgettable season last year, I think the Patriots are finally reloaded and ready to make another real run towards a title as Belichick proves that he was the reason for the 6 titles, not Brady. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots Super Bowl.