Immediately after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, sportsbooks everywhere released odds for next year’s championship. To no one’s surprise, it was the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at the top, along with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.
You had to venture out of the top five to find the Los Angeles Rams, whose opening odds for Super Bowl LIII were 18/1 – tied for sixth-best with the Falcons, Cowboys and Saints. No team has been more aggressive than Les Snead’s squad this offseason, though, and Vegas has adjusted accordingly.
Since acquiring Brandin Cooks from the Patriots, the Rams’ odds have risen to 9/1, third best in the NFL. After signing Ndamukong Suh, their odds were 12/1, so it goes to show how significant of an impact Cooks is expected to have.
Here’s how their odds have changed in the past two months:
- Post-Super Bowl LII: 18/1 (6th)
- Post-free agency: 14/1 (5th)
- Post-Suh signing: 12/1 (4th)
- Post-Cooks trade: 9/1 (3rd)
That’s a pretty incredible rise. No team has improved its odds more than the Rams this offseason, primarily because no franchise has gone out and made the moves that they have. By adding Cooks, the Rams also dinged the Patriots’ Super Bowl chances, dropping them from 5/1 to 6/1.
The NFC might go through Los Angeles in 2018.