Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) on the sidelines in the second half. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Are Super Bowl Longshots For 2014

The 2013 NFL season is officially in the bag with another instant classic conclusion as Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers exceeded all the hype leading up to the HarBowl. So naturally 31 other NFL franchises are now looking to the future while the Ravens have earned themselves a little rest before mounting the defense of their title.

So in keeping with the true spirit of the National Football League the odds are already out for next year’s Super Bowl winner. No real surprise but the Oakland Raiders are among the bottom dwellers of the NFL’s future betting market with Bovada installing the Silver and Black as 100/1 longshots to raise the Lombardi trophy one year from now.

The Buffalo Bills have also been hit with the 100/1 against all odds chances with only the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars worse at 150/1. Ironically enough the rival Denver Broncos and Bay Area brethren 9ers are favorites at 7/1.

What does this mean?

Well, it means a risky bet on the Raiders could produce riches beyond your wildest dreams. More than likely it means you’d be throwing away cash that could otherwise go to something more meaningful like the sure-to-be prop be of whether or not another power outage will delay Super Bowl XLVIII.

Fact of the matter is the Raiders regressed in 2012 as rookie general manager Reggie McKenzie and rookie head coach Dennis Allen learned the ropes. In 2013 progress must be made but judging by how things went last year that is a relative term.

If this team wins 5 games next season that will be progress in some sense. It won’t be enough to save Allen or possibly McKenzie but given some of the wild conspiracy theories out there with regards to Mark Davis’ supposed desire to move the franchise it could be just what the front office ordered.

Whatever the case bet at you own risk, Nation. We love our team but none of us can argue with the early odds. At least not now we can’t.

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