Everyone loves a first-time winner right? With the start of the NFL season still weeks away, and teams only just starting to get into their pre-season, the 2021-22 Super Bowl seems a long way away. In fact, Super Bowl LVI will not take place until 13 February 2022, in Los Angeles, California.
Whilst it’s easy to identify the likely favourites for Super Bowl LVI, we wanted to take a closer look at the franchises that have never won the Super Bowl and look at their chances of picking up the trophy in 2022.
There are currently 12 franchises who have yet to win a Super Bowl including:
- Arizona Cardinals
- Atlanta Falcons
- Buffalo Bills
- Carolina Panthers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Cleveland Browns
- Detroit Lions
- Houston Texans
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Minnesota Vikings
- Tennessee Titans
Below is a rundown of three of the favourites who have yet to win a Super Bowl who could have the best shot in 2021. All odds are provided by Betway Sports.
After a stellar season in 2020-21 where the Bills game up one win short of Super Bowl Sunday, there is a genuine optimism about their chances for the upcoming season. The Bills managed to retain the services of their coordinators, Brain Daboll and Leslie Frazier, both of whom interviewed for head-coaching roles early in the offseason – a huge coup for the team especially with Daboll having such a strong bond with star quarterback, Josh Allen.
Allen is ably supported by Stefon Diggs, having led the NFL in catches (127) and receiving yards (1,535) in his first season with the Bills last year. The Bills have a lot of experience in defence and it is expected that the return of fans to the Highmark Stadium could be the extra ‘man’ the Bills need to take out their first title in 2021-22.
It’s great to be talking about the Browns as genuine Super Bowl contenders in the upcoming season and their roster looks particularly strong as we head into pre-season. Baker Mayfield had a really strong finish to the last campaign, throwing 20 touchdown passes against just three interceptions in his final 12 games of the season including two playoff bouts. He is well supported by two superb running back in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
The Browns defence is looking extremely solid, led by Myles Garrett. Garrett was a standout last season and at 272 pounds, he is an absolute beast capable of breaking up any play. Added to the Browns roster for this season is DE Jadeveon Clowney who said it has taken him eight years to find a teammate like him in Myles Garrett. Expect these two to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares in 2022.
Titans fans go into the season with high expectations, especially following the signing of Julio Jones. Described as a generations wide receiver, Jones joins AJ Brown at the Titans, forming perhaps the best receiving tandem in the NFL. Exciting times ahead for Titans fans.
The beating heart and driving force of the Titans team is running back Derrick Henry. After a 2,000+ yard season in 2020-21, it is feasible that Henry could go back to back this year, especially considering the respect that teams will give to the aforementioned wide receiving duo. The Titans have a strong defence including three new recruits picked up as free agents in Denico Autry, Bud Dupree and Janoris Jenkins.
There is little to pick between these three teams and it is possible we will see a first-time winner from one of the Bill, Browns or Titans in 2021-22.
Best of the rest
There is no doubt that this season will be more competitive than last, especially with the return of fans to stadiums throughout the country. Outside of these three, the best of the rest when it comes to teams that have never won the Super Bowl include:
- Los Angeles Cardinals – 34.00
- Arizona Cardinals – 41.00
- Minnesota Vikings – 41.00
- Carolina Panthers – 67.00
- Cincinnati Bengals – 101.00
- Jacksonville Jaguars – 101.00
- Detroit Lions – 151.00
- Houston Texans – 201.00
One thing we do know is that we’re excited for the return of the NFL season with pre-season games due to start on Thursday 12 August ahead of a highly anticipated season and a return of fans to the stadiums.