The Washington Commanders’ 2022 offseason has not been indicative of a team that has championship aspirations, but they did go out and make a trade for a new quarterback and filled several holes through free agency and the draft.
There’s something to be said for that. As much as Ron Rivera and Martin Mayhew would like to spend like drunken sailors, they have to preserve funds for a Terry McLaurin extension and they clearly have faith in the roster’s core.
Coming off back-to-back seven-win seasons, fans are understandably asking questions about the team’s incentive, or lack thereof, to make this roster as strong as possible before Week 1. As presently constructed, this team might be able to win the NFC East and steal a playoff win. But Super Bowl contenders?
Does anyone envision that in Washington’s future?
We certainly don’t, but we still respect their talent enough to think they belong somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of Super Bowl odds. According to WynnBET, though, the Commanders belong near the dregs of the NFL.
The latest Super Bowl odds don’t give the Commanders enough credit.
WynnBET’s latest odds have the Commanders at +7500 win the Super bowl, tied with the Steelers and Bears (!) For the 29th-worse odds in the league.
The only teams with worse odds are the Seahawks, Panthers, Jaguars and Giants, each of whom have +10000 odds, the Jets (+12500) and the Lions, Falcons and Texans, whom sit at the cellar of the NFL with +20000 odds .
Here’s a look at the teams ranked ahead of Washington.
- Baltimore Ravens: +2000
- Arizona Cardinals: +2500
- Tennessee Titans: +2500
- Philadelphia Eagles: +3000
- Miami Dolphins: +3500
- Las Vegas Raiders: +4000
- Minnesota Vikings: +4000
- New England Patriots: +4000
- New Orleans Saints: +5000
We’re hard-pressed to argue that the Commanders should rank above any of those squads, but they should at least be meshed into the + 5000-4000 range. Then again, these odds lost most (if not all) credibility a few months ago. After all, prior to the Carson Wentz trade, Washington was +6000 at WynnBET to win the Super Bowl. After the deal, their odds dropped to +7500, where they sit today.
How the Commanders’ odds worsened after upgrading at quarterback is beyond me, and the fact they remained still at +7500 after the draft, where they bolstered key positions like wide receiver and defensive tackle, is preposterous.
We’d love to see what their odds would be had they drafted Kyle Hamilton, Jameson Williams or another higher-graded prospect than Jahan Dotson. Whatever the case, it’s clear oddsmakers don’t think highly of Ron Rivera’s group.
That’s fine, though. Nearly every offseason grade article, power ranking and 2022 predictions have disrespected Washington in some fashion, so it’s no surprise only eight teams in the league have worse Super Bowl odds than them.
We embraced the underdog narrative a long time ago.