by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins would have faced long odds to win next year’s Super Bowl no matter who was coaching the team. So, it’s no surprise that oddsmakers believe the Jay Gruden-led club is a 40-1 underdog to unseat the Seattle Seahawks as world champions.

Of the 19 teams with better odds of capturing the Lombardi Trophy than Washington next season, only the Detroit Lions also have a new head coach.

The Houston Texans hired former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and also have 40-1 odds. Baltimore, which hired Texans castoff Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator, shares the same probability.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, who hired Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenthunt, respectively, both have 50-1 odds. The Cleveland Browns, who only recently hired Mike Pettine to lead the club, are listed at 66-1 underdogs. The Minnesota Vikings round out the list of clubs with new head coaches and have incredibly long 75-1 odds.

Still, it could be worse for the Redskins and everyone else. Second-year head coach Gus Bradley’s Jacksonville Jaguars are the longest of long shots, according to Bovada. The site lists the north Florida franchise as having 100-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX.

In the NFC East, the defending division champion Philadelphia Eagles are frontrunners to take the title with odds of 25-1. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants each opened with 33-1 odds.

Overall, the pigskin prognosticators continue to say the NFC West is the division to beat. The Seahawks are 9-2 favorites to go back-to-back while the San Francisco 49ers are at 15-2 to win the Super Bowl in Colin Kaepernick’s third season.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are listed at 8-1 despite a horrendous showing Sunday night.


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