In February Bovada.lv released Super Bowl odds that were unflattering for the Washington Redskins. Some might even call them ugly. Washington came in at 100-1 to win the Super Bowl, the same as Tampa, the New York Jets and Tennessee.
Since then, Redskins GM Scot McCloughan overhauled the defense via free agency and bolstered the offensive line in the NFL Draft. Most NFL talking heads gave McCloughan strong marks for his first offseason in Ashburn, and in general, it seemed the Redskins improved.
Well, Las Vegas doesn't agree.
Despite the additions of new defensive starters like Chris Culliver, Dashon Goldson, Terrance Knighton and Stephen Paea, or first round draft pick offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, the Redskins odds of winning the Super Bowl have gotten worse. Bovada.lv now lists the Redskins as 125-1 to win it all. Only two teams landed with worse chances, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans tied at 200-1.
At the top of the list, the Green Bay Packers at 6-1 actually overtook the Seattle Seahawks at 13-2 as the top bet to win the 2016 Super Bowl. In the NFC East, Dallas landed the best Super Bowl odds at 10-1, then the Eagles at 20-1. The only team to win a Super Bowl out of the NFC East this century, Eli Manning and the Giants came in at 28-1.
While the numbers are unsightly, Redskins fans should not overly fret about the decrease in odds since February. Odds rise and fall as bettors put in bets. So the drop from 100-1 to 125-1 could just mean people aren't betting on Washington to win the Super Bowl, not necessarily that Vegas thinks the Redskins are worse.
Whether the number is 100-1 or 125-1, it does seem obvious Vegas gives the Redskins very little chance of getting to Santa Clara next February. But only the most optimistic Redskins fan would find that a surprise.