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How Have the Mandatory Minicamps and OTA Workouts Changed Super Bowl LIX Odds?

As we get ready for a new NFL season, fans are eagerly looking for any indications that will help them work out who is going to be the next Super Bowl winner. The mandatory minicamps and organized team activity drills (OTAs) taking place at this time of year don’t tell us a lot about how the coming season will work out, but what snippets of information have appeared so far?
Frenkie Tran
By: Frenkie Tran

The San Francisco 49ers Are Getting Ready to Try Again

The 49ers are currently many people’s favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2025, after they lost the last version to the Kansas City Chiefs. Their minicamp saw a few of their top players get back together, but it was a fairly low-key affair where few of the biggest names were spotted out on the field, meaning that there wasn’t a lot to base your future NFL predictions on.

Several of the most intriguing issues for San Francisco involve players who missed these sessions for varying reasons. Among them is Brandon Aiyuk, who has been missing during the offseason as he holds out for a better contract extension. Brandon’s been fined about $100,000 for missing out on the mandatory minicamp. He’s looking to become one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL but the 49ers management doesn’t seem to be ready to give him what he wants.

Talanoa Hufanga is another potentially important player for the franchise who hasn’t been seen at the minicamp. He tore an anterior cruciate ligament almost a year ago and is getting ready to put his injured knee to the test again. Talanoa doesn’t expect to be 100% ready when the training camp opens, but he’s hopeful that he’ll be up and running by the time the season opener comes along.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Preparations Disrupted by Health Scare

The reigning Super Bowl champions have their mandatory minicamp set to take place between June 11 and 13. However, earlier OTA practice sessions that were held the week before this ended abruptly when defensive lineman BJ Thompson suffered a seizure, followed by cardiac arrest. The player is now reported to be stable but this scare cast a shadow over their last offseason training activity before the minicamp.

As for their chances of winning the Super Bowl LIX game, a look at the latest NFL futures lets you see the odds of this happening. They’ve been behind the 49ers in this respect lately, despite beating them in last season’s big curtain-closer. Their current odds are largely due to the fact that they’ve held onto top players like QB Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce. Expect to see the odds change to reflect how the pre-season work goes, as well as any injuries or new contracts.  

The Baltimore Ravens and the Need for a Tough Kicker

The Ravens are another franchise a lot of people have their eyes on for the next Super Bowl. Their mandatory minicamp is programmed for June 11-13 and they’ve just finished their OTA workouts at the time of writing. With odds of around +950, they’re seen by a lot of fans as an attractive bet for winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans in early 2025.

One of the most intriguing prospects for next season involves some changes to the kickoff rules, which have been designed to give more chances of returns being made. Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL, but he’s admitted that he’s bulked up for next season as he expects to be involved in more tackles thanks to the new rules. This could prove to be an important rule change if Tucker or other kickers use it to gain their team an extra advantage.

The Cincinnati Bengals Are Taking Care of Joe Burrow

The Bengals recently ended their 54th NFL season in a disappointing manner, with a 9-8 record meaning that they lost out on the playoffs for the first time since back in the 2020 season. Despite this, hopes are high that Cincinnati can have a successful season and win its first Super Bowl. The last few seasons have seen the Bengals look far better than during the miserable period before that, and their fans are hoping that QB Joe Burrow can drive them to genuine success.

Joe was missing from the team’s early training sessions but head coach Zac Taylor confirmed that it was simply a rest day for their star player. The QB has already confirmed that he’s got a new approach to staying fit and it seems certain that the franchise’s success will largely depend on him being able to do this.

The early Super Bowl odds and training updates give us a glimpse of how this season might go, but with so long before the action kicks off for real, we can look forward to many more twists and turns in the next few months.

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Frenkie Tran
Written by: Frenkie Tran
My football predictions cover a variety of competitions and tournaments. In addition to English and European football, football predictions also include tips on games taking place in the USA, Australia, Africa, South America and beyond, from famous leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga to popular national leagues such as Croatian First League and Portugal Primeira.

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