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

The NFL offseason is all about finding reasons for optimism and looking forward to the upcoming season. But for some teams, the writing is already on the wall when it comes to their chances at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl 52 champions next February.

Most people like to discuss the odds each individual team has at winning the Super Bowl, but the oddsmakers in Las Vegas took it a step further. Shortly after updating the championship odds of all 32 NFL teams, the wise guys put together a list of the most likely and least likely matchups for Super Bowl 52.

A lot can change as the 2017 season plays out. But at the end of the day, the following potential Super Bowl 52 matchups are extreme longshots at best.

*Article based on odds as of June 5, 2017.

12. Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills

Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams attempts a pass.
Jared Goff won’t play in Super Bowl 52, let alone any Super Bowl, any time soon. | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Odds: +345000 (345-1)

This scenario would require two reasonably talented teams to wildly exceed expectations in 2017. For what it’s worth, the more likely team to reach Super Bowl 52 out of these two is the Rams. They have a talented defense and a few nice pieces on offense, but their success is almost entirely dependent on the development of second-year quarterback Jared Goff.

8. (tie) San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton celebrates a touchdown pass.
The Bengals won’t get through the AFC. | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Odds: +390000 (390-1)

We don’t see this happening. However, if the Bengals can bounce back from their highly disappointing 2016 season and regain the form that led them to five straight postseason appearances from 201115, then we could see them contend in the AFC. On the other side, the 49ers are at least three years away from contending for a NFC title.

8. (tie) San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill warms up before a game.
The Vegas oddsmakers don’t like the Dolphins’ chances at getting past the New England Patriots. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Odds: +390000 (390-1)

The Dolphins are very much on the verge of contending in the AFC. But as of right now, we just don’t see them getting by the New England Patriots (barring any major injuries, of course). As we previously mentioned, the Niners will not play in Super Bowl 52.

8. (tie) Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns

Kirk Cousins celebrates a rushing touchdown.
2017 could be a long year for the Redskins. | Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

Odds: +390000 (390-1)

Simply put: The oddsmakers in Vegas are being generous with this one. The Redskins are battling dysfunction and took a step backward this offseason. We would be shocked if they contend with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants in the NFC East. The Browns, meanwhile, will likely contend for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

8. (tie) New Orleans Saints vs. Cleveland Browns

Sean Payton and Drew Brees talk on the sidelines during a game.
The Saints are a long shot in the NFC. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Odds: +390000 (390-1)

Half of this potential matchup is actually viable. The New Orleans defense may not be championship-caliber, but if Drew Brees is playing his best football, the Saints can compete with any team in the league. As we previously mentioned, though, the Browns are still several years away from contention in the AFC.

7. San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles attempts a pass.
Let’s be real: The Jaguars aren’t winning the AFC in 2017. | Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Odds: +465000 (465-1)

When it comes down to it, the odds of these two teams playing meaningful football in December and January are slim. We have already established that the 49ers are years away from returning to prominence in the NFC. And the Jaguars, despite another impressive offseason haul of talent, remain an afterthought in the AFC.

6. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets

Roger Goodell poses with Mitchel Trubisky at the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Bears are contenders for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. | Elsa/Getty Images

Odds: +490000 (490-1)

The Vegas oddsmakers gave both teams too much credit in this potential matchup. The Bears are a flat-out mess right now, and the Jets made it abundantly clear that they are embarking on a top-to-bottom rebuilding project. This one should have odds far worse than it already does.

4. (tie) San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers takes a break between plays.
The Chargers will have a difficult time making the postseason in 2017. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Odds: +540000 (540-1)

At this point, we may start to sound like a broken record. We’ve already expressed our feelings about San Francisco’s Super Bowl chances. As for the Chargers, we are big fans of what they’ve done this offseason. But until they prove otherwise, they are still the fourth-best team in the AFC West.

4. (tie) Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns

Matthew Stafford scrambles during a game in 2016.
The Lions aren’t a Super Bowl-caliber team. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Odds: +540000 (540-1)

If all goes well for the Detroit Lions in 2017, they could contend in the NFC. They must improve their rushing attack and play better on the defensive side of the ball, but if Matthew Stafford continues to compete at an MVP-caliber level, Detroit will be tough to beat. That said, this matchup has these longshot odds due to the inclusion of the Browns.

3. Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Jets

Muhammad Wilkerson celebrates a sack in 2015.
The Jets are in rebuilding mode. | Ron Antonelli/Getty Images

Odds: +615000 (615-1)

Let’s be real here: It would be a monumental surprise if either of these teams even contend for a wild-card spot in 2017. Enough said.

2. San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills

Running back Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a touchdown.
The 49ers won’t celebrate much in 2017. | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Odds: +690000 (690-1)

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, this potential Super Bowl matchup was very likely. In 2017, not so much. Both of these franchises are in rebuild mode.

1. Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns fans commiserate during a game.
The Browns will contend for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Odds: +900000 (900-1)

This is the least likely matchup for Super Bowl 52 — it really should come as no surprise. In our eyes, the Bears and Browns are the top two contenders for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. It will likely take at least five more years of rebuilding for both franchises before this becomes a remote possibility.

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