Here Are the Most Likely Matchups for Super Bowl 52 According to Vegas

Tom Brady savors winning Super Bowl 51.

Tom Brady is simply the best. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis is still a ways away. But we already have a pretty good idea as to which teams have the best chance at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as world champions in February 2018.

While most people like to discuss the odds each individual team has at winning a Super Bowl title, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas took it a step further and put together a list of the most likely matchups for Super Bowl 52.

We understand that a lot can (and will) happen to drastically change things. But based on the odds, these are the most likely matchups for Super Bowl 52.

Editor’s note: Article based on odds as of May 24, 2017.

23. Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr celebrates a touchdown pass in 2016.

Derek Carr has the Oakland Raiders on the verge of greatness. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Odds: +7500 (75-1)

This potential Super Bowl 52 matchup may be unlikely, but we actually wouldn’t mind seeing it happen. Both teams possess high-powered offenses as well as defenses that have the potential to be among the league’s best in 2017. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Marshawn Lynch make another epic appearance at this year’s Super Bowl media day? (This time as a member of his hometown team, of course.)

20. (tie) Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans

Aaron Rodgers looks up at the scoreboard.

Aaron Rodgers will be tough to beat in 2017. | Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Odds: +7000 (70-1)

We believe that the Packers may be the team to beat in the NFC. However, given their situation at the quarterback position at this point in time (even with the addition of Deshaun Watson), it’s hard for us to envision a scenario where the Houston Texans can get through the AFC and land a spot in Super Bowl 52.

20. (tie) Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Ezekiel Elliott runs across the field.

Ezekiel Elliott is a beast. | Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Odds: +7000 (70-1)

The fact that this potential matchup carries the odds of an extreme long shot is telling of what the Vegas oddsmakers think of the Chiefs’ chance at representing the AFC in Super Bowl 52. The Cowboys are widely considered to be one of the top contenders in the NFC, but Kansas City just isn’t on the same level as the premier teams in the AFC.

20. (tie) Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

Von Miller celebrates a sack in Super Bowl 50.

Von Miller celebrates a sack in Super Bowl 50. | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Odds: +7000 (70-1)

The oddsmakers in Vegas aren’t very high on the Broncos’ chances at representing the AFC in Super Bowl 52 now that they are set on going with either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch as their starting quarterback. Bottom line: Don’t expect to see this matchup.

15. (tie) Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans

J.J. Watt salutes the crowd as he exits the field.

The Texans have a championship-caliber defense. | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Odds: +5500 (55-1)

Again, the viability of this potential matchup comes down to whether or not the Texans are able to miraculously solve their quarterback issues this offseason. If they do, they will instantly become one of the top contenders in the AFC. Seattle, on the other hand, is already in good shape to make another deep run in the NFC.

15. (tie) Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans

Matt Ryan claps after winning their division.

Will the Falcons defend their NFC title in 2017? | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Odds: +6500 (65-1)

We’re really trying not to sound like a broken record here, but the Texans can’t be considered a serious threat in the AFC until they adequately address their quarterback issues. If Deshaun Watson can prove to be the second coming of Dak Prescott (unlikely), this scenario could actually happen.

15. (tie) Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles are a long shot to reach Super Bowl 52. | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Odds: +6500 (65-1)

When it comes down to it, even the most optimistic of Eagles fans will tell you that this potential Super Bowl 52 matchup is a long shot. Philadelphia has a lot going for them, but at this point, they just aren’t legitimate contenders in the NFC.

15. (tie) Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr celebrates a touchdown.

Derek Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Odds: +6500 (65-1)

While it’s unlikely to happen this year, a matchup between the Raiders and Cowboys could happen within the next five years. Both teams have dominant offensive lines and young quarterbacks who are on the verge of becoming elite. But for now, we just don’t see the Raiders getting through the AFC.

15. (tie) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots

Jameis Winston smiles after a play.

The Buccaneers are talented, but not ready to contend for a Super Bowl. | Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Odds: +6500 (65-1)

Let’s be real here: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t going to win the NFC championship this year. Enough said.

14. Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

Russell Wilson warms up before a game in 2015.

Russell Wilson warms up before a game in 2015. | Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

Odds: +6000 (60-1)

We’ve already made it clear that the Raiders are highly unlikely to get through the likes of the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC. Still, a matchup that would pit Marshawn Lynch against his former team with a Super Bowl title on the line is worth daydreaming about.

12. (tie) Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger looks up at the scoreboard.

Big Ben knows how to win the big game. | Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Odds: +5500 (55-1)

Here’s another potential scenario that, in our eyes, is far more likely to play out than the Vegas oddsmakers seem to think it is. If Matt Ryan‘s play doesn’t regress in 2017, the Falcons may be the team to beat in the NFC. In the AFC, the Steelers are currently the biggest threat to the New England Patriots.

12. (tie) Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans

Jerry Jones walks along the sideline.

Jerry Jones would be a fan of an all-Texas Super Bowl. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Odds: +5500 (50-1)

This potential all-Texas Super Bowl matchup is extremely unlikely, but would be very intriguing. The Texans would have to miraculously solve their quarterback issues, and the Cowboys would have to dramatically improve on the defensive side of the ball for this scenario to even have a remote chance at coming to fruition.

11. Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots

David Johnson runs across the field.

Arizona’s David Johnson is the real deal. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Odds: +5000 (50-1)

We could totally see this matchup happening regardless of Arizona’s struggles last season. The Cardinals have an extremely talented roster despite their offseason personnel losses. If Carson Palmer can stay healthy and consistently play at a Pro Bowl level, Arizona has the talent to go on a run through the NFC Playoffs.

8. (tie) Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown gets pumped up.

No one can cover Antonio Brown. | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Odds: +4500 (45-1)

This potential matchup has the makings of a highly entertaining game. Behind Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown, the Steelers have arguably the most explosive and dynamic offense in the league. And Seattle, behind Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett, will again have one of the top two or three defenses in the game. All said, you can chalk this possibility up as a Super Bowl matchup we would love to see.

8. (tie) Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Green Bay decides their plan.

The Packers have Super Bowl aspirations in 2017. | Elsa/Getty Images

Odds: +4500 (45-1)

If we were gamblers, we would have a hard time not wagering on this potential matchup with its current odds. The Packers will be extremely tough to beat in the NFC Playoffs next January, and the Steelers may be the best team in the AFC not named the New England Patriots. Moral of the story, we were shocked to see this possible Super Bowl matchup with such low odds of occurring.

Additionally, who wouldn’t love to see a Super Bowl matchup between two of the most storied and successful franchises in NFL history?

8. (tie) Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott congratulate each other after a play.

The Cowboys are counting on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in 2017. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Odds: +4500 (45-1)

We wouldn’t be upset if this proved to be the matchup for Super Bowl 52 next February. The Steelers and Cowboys have arguably the two largest fanbases in the league, and both teams have tons of firepower on the offensive side of the ball. This matchup would also result in record-high ticket prices.

6. (tie) Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski watches the action during a preseason game.

Rob Gronkowski is set to return in 2017. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Odds: +4000 (40-1)

We’re not totally following this one. The Patriots inclusion makes sense, but we just don’t see the Vikings having much of a chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 52. Minnesota does have a borderline great defense, but their offense projects to rank in the bottom third of NFL offenses.

6. (tie) Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panther addresses the media.

Cam Newton is looking to get the Panthers back to the Super Bowl. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Odds: +4000 (40-1)

The Panthers are only one year removed from playing in Super Bowl 50, and they still have one of the most talented rosters in the NFC. However, they have a handful of weaknesses that still need to be addressed this offseason. Cam Newton’s surgically repaired shoulder is also a major cause for concern. That said, we don’t see Carolina as a serious contender in the NFC.

5. New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Eli Manning greet each other after a game.

Everyone would love another Patriots-Giants Super Bowl. | Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Odds: +3000 (30-1)

The Giants are the only team that has been able to beat the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday — and they’ve done it twice. With two straight outstanding offseasons, the Giants are fully capable of winning the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 52.

4. Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady points at his competition.

Vegas is fairly confident in another Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots in 2017. | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Odds: +2300 (23-1)

This matchup would pit Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers with a world championship on the line. What more could NFL fans ask for?

3. Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

Falcons and patriots helmets rest on a stage.

We wouldn’t be opposed to a Super Bowl 51 rematch. | Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Odds: +2100 (21-1)

The oddsmakers in Vegas clearly think a rematch of Super Bowl 51 — arguably the best Super Bowl in NFL history — is a real possibility. And we would have to agree. The Falcons will return with almost their entire 2016 roster and in our eyes be even better in 2017. The Patriots, as we’ve mentioned, will enter the season as heavy, heavy favorites to repeat as AFC champions.

2. Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Russell Wilson greet each other after New England won the Super Bowl.

The Patriots and Seahawks provided us with one of the most memorable Super Bowl finishes ever. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Odds: +1800 (18-1)

In Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks and Patriots provided one of the wildest endings to a championship game in American professional sports history. With the talent on each of their respective rosters, a rematch in Super Bowl 52 is something that football fans around the world should hope for.

1. Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots

Does Dak Prescott have what it take to guide the Cowboys to a Super Bowl?

Does Dak Prescott have what it take to guide the Cowboys to a Super Bowl? | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Odds: +1500 (15-1)

As of today, this is the most likely matchup for Super Bowl 52. The Patriots are the overwhelming favorites in the AFC, and the Cowboys are easily one of the top contenders in the NFC. Not only would this be a great matchup on the field, but this potential meeting between America’s Team and arguably the most hated NFL franchise on the biggest stage in sports would likely be the most-hyped Super Bowl of all time. Unfortunately, this scenario would also result in new record highs for ticket prices.

Our prediction: Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady celebrates the New England Patriots' victory in Super Bowl 51.

Tom Brady was amazing in Super Bowl 51. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

We predict a matchup between the top two quarterbacks in the league (Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers), despite the fact that Brady is this year’s Madden Football cover boy.

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