Sport One of these 5 teams will win Super Bowl LII

03:02  20 june  2017
03:02  20 june  2017 Source:   For The Win

Patriots receive Super Bowl LI rings

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The list of teams that have a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl is relatively short headed into the 2017 season. We’ve cut down the entire league into a group of five teams that have a a chance of lifting the Lombardi Trophy next February in Minnesota.

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  One of these 5 teams will win Super Bowl LII © GettyThe NFL is known for its parity, but it's been a while since preseason dark horse came out of nowhere to win it all. The list of teams that have a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl is relatively short headed into the 2017 season.

We've cut down the entire league into a group of five teams that have a a chance of lifting the Lombardi Trophy next February in Minnesota. Here they are, ranked in order…

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-38 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, in Houston, Texas.© Jamie Squire/Getty Images Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-38 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, in Houston, Texas.

New England Patriots

Patriots receive Super Bowl LI rings

  Patriots receive Super Bowl LI rings While the rest of the sports world have their eyes glued on the NBA Finals, the New England Patriots had their own celebration on Friday, as the team received their Super Bowl rings. In case you weren't one of the 115 million people that watched the Super Bowl, the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI.The ring has 280 diamonds and features the Patriots logo, made from a custom-cut created corundum sapphire and ruby.

These teams can win any given Sunday, but they won ’t win every Sunday. They could take out the top team on week and lose the worst team the next. Our final five teams from this list, I guarantee you that a Super Bowl Champion will emerge.

I’m not. Maybe none of these things happen and the team still makes the playoffs or even wins it all. Bolt Beat 17w agoHow the L.A. Chargers will win Super Bowl LII .

The Patriots' inclusion on this list does not require much explanation. The defending champs have only gotten better since we last saw them celebrating in Houston. New WR Brandin Cooks adds a dimension this offense has lacked since the days of Randy Moss: A bona fide downfield threat. The team will also get Rob Gronkowski after winning the Super Bowl without him in 2016. This offense is going to be unstoppable as long as Tom Brady and Gronk stay healthy.

The defense should be better, too. The Pats let No. 2 corner Logan Ryan walk in free agency then went ahead and upgraded the position by signing Stephon Gilmore away from Buffalo. He'll join Malcolm Butler to form one of the best cornerback duos in the league. The team's most important move may have been retaining defensive leader Dont'a Hightower, who was an unrestricted free agent. He makes the entire front seven better.

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This team is loaded on both sides of the ball and the overwhelming favorite to lift the Lombardi Trophy once again.

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Seattle Seahawks

I'm not ready to close the window on this Seahawks team just yet. Not with Russell Wilson improving as a pocket passer every season and the team managing to keep together its defensive core.

Sure, Seattle underachieved last season. A team this talented should be better than 10-5-1. But injuries derailed the Seahawks season. Wilson has hobbled all year with various injuries, and the defense lost its most important player, Earl Thomas, to a broken leg in December.

If the Seahawks injury luck turns around in 2017, they'll be the favorites to win the NFC and one of the few legit threats to the Patriots.

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Green Bay Packers

As long as Aaron Rodgers is on this team, it will have a shot at winning it all. He's that transcendent of a quarterback. And he got some more help in the form of Martellus Bennett. The Packers lost some key peices on the offensive line, but there's still enough talent here to provide Rodgers with enough time to pick defenses apart with the loaded group of skill players he now has at his disposal.

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Dwight Freeney is gone, but he’s been replaced by Pro Bowler Chandler Jones. Palmer has suffered two ACL tears in his career and will turn 37 later this year It’s not a given he’ll finish out the season, and Drew Stanton is not good enough to lead this team to a playoff win , let alone a Super Bowl .

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The concern, as always, is the defense. The Falcons had their way with a slow and aging Green Bay defense in the NFC title game, so the front office attempted to add some youth and speed to the roster this offseason. The Packers used their first four draft picks on defensive players. Now, those guys will probably need some time to adjust to the NFL game, but having some more athleticism on the field should help a pass defense that finished 31st in the league in 2016.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers think they have a plan to finally slow down Brady and the Patriots offense. "Slow down" is the key phrase there. With as much firepower as the Steelers offense possesses, the defense won't be required to shut down New England in order for Pittsburgh to pull out a victory over the defending Super Bowl champs.

The Steelers drafted T.J. Watt, who should help the pass rush from Day 1. He'll join Bud Dupree and James Harrison to form a rush that should be able to get to the quarterback without the help of a blitz. That's the key to slowing down an elite quarterback like Brady, who can diagnose blitzes as if the he's in the defensive huddle.

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We will take a look a look at each team and analyze their odds for winning the Super Bowl this year. (The odds are taken from oddsshark.com on 15th January 2015). Latest Super Bowl LII Events.

However, this does not mean teams will not try to outwit the Patriots and win the Super Bowl themselves. Super Bowl LII Champion – New England Patriots. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

On the other side of the ball, only injuries will slow down the Steelers offense. We still haven't seen a healthy trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell compete in the postseason. If that finally happens this year, look out.

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Dallas Cowboys

OK, so the Cowboys defense looks terrible on paper. The secondary lacks experience. The pass rush doesn't figure to be very effective. But never sleep on the wizardry of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Or the boon a ball control offense can be for a defensive unit. Dallas defense may lack talent, but don't be surprised when it finishes as a league-average unit (statistically speaking) by year's end.

There's no reason to expect the Cowboys offense to take a step back. If anything, this unit should be better than it was a season ago. Dak Prescott should only get better. There was nothing fluky about his fantastic debut season; the guy is legit. As is Ezekiel Elliott, who led the league in rushing but copped to leaving far too many yards on the field last season. That's a scary thought.

Honorable mention: Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons

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