Sleeper Picks for Super Bowl 55
Coming off of a 4-12 season in 2019, nobody expected San Francisco to appear in Super Bowl 54 – let alone have a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Not even diehard 49ers fans or the locals in Charleston, Illinois – shoutout to Jimmy G’s alma mater.
Philly won the Super Bowl in 2018 after a 7-9 record the year prior, so it’s not like San Fran was the first franchise to emerge out of nowhere.
With that in mind, here are four Super Bowl 55 sleepers to keep tabs on as the upcoming season gets underway.
Philadelphia Eagles +2200
According to Bovada, six teams are sitting at +1000 or better to win the NFC Championship in 2020.
Then you got the Eagles at +1200, or the “7th favorite” to come out of the NFC. Philadelphia’s roster couldn’t have been more banged up to close out the year and yet they still won their division. For crying out loud, Philly hung with Seattle in the wild card round starting Josh McCown under center.
This time around the Iggles should have a healthy and rejuvenated Carson Wentz, plus a rookie who Doug Pederson can’t wait to roll out.
I could go on and on about how much I love Jalen Reagor in this offense. I can point you to my fantasy football RB rankings and you’ll see Miles Sanders slotted in the top four.
But how about I sum things up and tell you the Eagles are a genuine Super Bowl 55 sleeper.
Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
Let’s stick in the state of Pennsylvania and showcase Mike Tomlin’s crew. I’m typically not the biggest endorser of Big Ben, but after seeing this offense crumble without Roethlisberger at the helm has me singing a different tune.
The two time Super Bowl champ won’t have to be perfect, he just needs to push the ball down the field.
Thanks to signing Eric Ebron and drafting Chase Claypool, that shouldn’t be much of an issue. James Washington and Diontae Johnson are primed to do damage on the outside which will allow JuJu Smith-Schuster to have a field day on the inside. Hence why “over 1,099.5 receiving yards” for JuJu is one of the 5 can’t-miss NFL player props in 2020.
Shifting the topic of conversation to the Steelers defense, this is where things get exciting.
An incredibly dependable defensive line is highlighted by the most ferocious group of linebackers in the sport. The potent front seven is complimented by arguably the best secondary in football, and everybody in Pittsburgh seems to love playing for Coach Tomlin.
Any hiccups by the Chiefs and look for the Steelers to take advantage.
Buffalo Bills +2500
Most NFL writers are quick to assume that the Ravens are Kansas City’s biggest threats in the AFC. However, I’m not one of those writers.
Along with the Steelers, I think the Bills have a genuine shot to make some noise in the AFC Playoffs.
Buffalo won 10 games last season and no longer has to deal with Tom Brady in their division. The Jets and the Dolphins are still pretenders as far as I’m concerned, and nobody from the AFC South really jumps out.
Trading for Stefon Diggs gives Josh Allen the deep threat he desperately needed, while an already-stout defense got big boosts via free agency (Mario Addison, A.J. Klein) and the draft (A.J. Epenesa).
I don’t want to hear any nonsense that Josh Allen isn’t ready – or that he can’t lead his team to a Super Bowl. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson did it, and so did Nick Foles. Allen’s got more talent than the three of them put together.
Chicago Bears +4000
Here’s where I’ll really step out on a limb and introduce a sneaky Super Bowl 55 sleeper. Matt Nagy still has to decide on who will be the Bears starting QB, and the offensive line is a work in progress.
Fortunately, the defensive unit should be able to carry the load on the heels of steady play from powerhouse LBs Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith. Jaylon Johnson is a rookie cornerback poised to breakout, especially considering he’ll be guided by two-time Pro Bowler Kyler Fuller in the CB room.
The defense is in great shape so long as the offense can remain stable.
Of course, the second part of that statement is predicated on Trubisky or Foles playing above expectations.
Then again, that’s exactly what I suspect will transpire.
Trubisky has a massive chip on his shoulder coming off a down year and nearly everyone excepts him to fold like a cheap suit.
But what if Mitchell shines as he did for a good chunk of 2018? And what if this defense returns to glory?
You’ll wish you had backed the Bears when they were sitting at +4000.