While it is the teams that win the Super Bowl and make deep runs that get remembered, the NFL has 32 teams, and some have to finish at the bottom. Predicting who those teams will be is a difficult task, as teams often defy the expectations that are laid out for them before the season begins. But experts still try, with oddsmakers giving every team odds of winning the Super Bowl before the season begins.
As we head closer to the start of the 2023-24 NFL season, let’s take a look at some of the teams oddsmakers project of having the worst odds of winning this season. We will be basing this on the odds from Bwin Ontario, one of Canada’s trusted NFL sportsbooks.
Arizona Cardinals (201.00)
The Cardinals are considered the team with the lowest odds of winning the Super Bowl. A lot of this has to do with the status of quarterback Kyler Murray, who is coming off an ACL injury that could have him out for much of this season. But even aside from the QB position, the Cardinals don’t have much talent. Their defense is terrible, they have one proven wide receiver, and there really isn’t a position here that can be considered a strength.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (151.00)
The Buccaneers got a taste of contender status for the three seasons Tom Brady was in Tampa, but now that he’s gone, they’re considered one of the worst teams in the league. Baker Mayfield will likely take the reins as quarterback, which is not something that has worked for franchises in the past couple of years. They still have solid wide receivers, but offensive line, running back, and defense are all relative question marks. The Buccaneers could outperform expectations, however, as they are in the league’s worst division.
Houston Texans (151.00)
The Houston Texans added some elite talent in the draft this year, taking C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson with the second and third picks of the draft. However, that doesn’t mean that they are expecting immediate success. Stroud is a rookie and will face a steep learning curve. The Texans are extremely talent-deficient on defense, although they do have some centerpieces with Anderson, Derek Stingley Jr., and Jalen Pitre. Rookie head coach DeMeco Ryans is a strong leader, and at least it appears this team is building something. They just have a long way to go still.
Indianapolis Colts (101.00)
The Indianapolis Colts cleaned house this offseason and committed to a new coach and quarterback in Shane Steichen and Anthony Richardson, respectively. Richardson is arriving as arguably the best athlete at the QB position of all time, but he is incredibly raw and will likely have a difficult time with the intricacies of the position in his rookie season. The Colts defense, which used to be a major strength, does not have elite talent outside of DeForest Buckner and Darius Leonard. Their secondary should be an issue. While it is promising to see the steps the Colts have taken, they will not be a good team this year.
Washington Commanders (81.00)
The Washington Commanders’ spot on this list has a lot to do with the quarterback position, with unproven second-year player Sam Howell taking over this season. Aside from that question mark, there is actually a lot of talent here. The defense has players like Chase Young, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat, and Jonathan Allen that could lead to an imposing front four. The wide receivers are strong, led by Terry McLaurin. But unless they can receive consistent, reliable play from the most important position in the sport, they are destined for another middle-of-the-pack year. The pressure is on for Howell.