We all have our top picks for the 2023 Super Bowl favorites. The top contenders include teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Then, you have your secondary favorites, including the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Jets. But what if none of these teams end up taking home the trophy? What if an under-the-radar team makes a surprising run for the title?
Here are eight NFL teams you might be overlooking but have the potential to surprise everyone:
Last season, the Lions did surprisingly well with a 9-8 record. They just missed the playoffs because of a tiebreaker with the Philadelphia Eagles. But under the guidance of Dan Campbell, they’re gearing up for more success. They’ve strengthened their defense, and with Jared Goff leading their offense, they have potential. With Aaron Rodgers no longer in their division, they have a good shot at making it to the playoffs and perhaps further.
The Broncos had a rough season last year, especially considering they had star quarterback Russell Wilson. But with a change in coaching, bringing in Sean Payton, they’re hoping for a turnaround. If they can keep Wilson protected and leverage their defensive strengths, they could be contenders.
Last season, the Titans struggled when their main quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, missed five games. But when Tannehill plays, they have a solid record. With strong players on both offense and defense, they could be a dark horse this season.
Los Angeles Rams
After a disappointing 5-12 season last year, especially given they were the defending Super Bowl champions, many have written off the Rams. But with key players returning from injuries and a strong core team, they could bounce back.
The Commanders had a decent 8-8-1 record last season, and with a strong defense and a plethora of offensive weapons, they’re in a good position to challenge their division rivals.
New York Giants
The Giants reached the quarterfinals last year, and with good coaching and a strong roster, they’re poised to challenge the best in their division.
The Steelers narrowly missed the playoffs last year but have a solid team. If their quarterback, Kenny Pickett, can step up his game, they’ll be in a good position to challenge for the title.
Green Bay Packers
Though the Packers’ decision to trade Aaron Rodgers was controversial, they might still have a shot at the title. Jordan Love has been training behind Rodgers and might just be ready to step up. With a strong team supporting him, they could surprise everyone.
In conclusion, while everyone has their favorites, the beauty of sports is its unpredictability. Any of these teams might just take everyone by surprise and have their moment in the spotlight.