Vegas oddsmakers responded favorably to the Jaguars
' selection of Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick. (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings aren't likely to be in contention for Super Bowl XLIX next February, but their Vegas odds to win it all dramatically increased after the 2014 NFL draft thanks in large part to their choice to spring for new quarterbacks.
Going into the draft, Jacksonville held 150-1 odds of winning it all in 2015, by far the longest in the league. The Vikings held 66-1 odds, tied with the Jets for the fourth-worst odds in the league.
However, after solid showings at the draft, Jacksonville and Minnesota have found their chances on the upswing, improving their Super Bowl odds to 100-1 and 50-1, respectively.
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The bump for the Vikings, who selected linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the first round of the draft, has put them in the middle of the pack. The Jaguars, who took Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick, moved into a tie for last with the Oakland Raiders but are now within striking distance of other teams, something that couldn't have been said before.
As for more realistic contenders, the New England Patriots improved from 9-1 odds to 15-2 odds (oddsmakers must really like Jimmy Garoppolo or dislike the rest of the AFC East) while the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints both moved up as well. The Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals were among the teams whose odds slid.
The odds for title threats such as the Seattle Seahawks
, San Francisco 49ers
and Denver Broncos
remained unchanged after the draft.