Good news, there are less than 100 days before football comes back, but the bad news for the San Francisco 49ers is that their wideout Michael Crabtree will be out for six months due to a torn Achilles injury during the OTAs.
“His comment to that was, he’s got no choice but to be back,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Every day now is a healing day, and that starts today.”
Despite the loss of the wide receiver the Niners remain as the favorite to win the NFC Championship, according the recent NFL future odds.
San Francisco is listed +325 to be in the Super Bowl two years in a row, seemingly Vegas doesn’t’t care about the Super Bowl hangover. The Niners have been in the NFC Championship game two seasons in a row, and they seem ready to make it three times.
The other team that joins them as the favorites are the division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. With Russell Wilson under center, Seattle is packed with talent on both end of the field and will have something to say this year.
Wilson will be on his second year in the NFL, but they just acquired Percy Harvin this offseason, and that should be enough to avoid the sophomore slump. The Seahawks are listed +400 to be in the Super Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers are third on the list listed +600; having Aaron Rodgers should be enough to hide several issues on defense, but they also brought a rookie running back that should help them take it to the next level.
The rest of the NFC Clubs:
Arizona Cardinals +5000
Atlanta Falcons +750
Carolina Panthers +2000
Chicago Bears +1400
Dallas Cowboys +1400
Detroit Lions +2500
Minnesota Vikings +2500
New Orleans Saints +1000
New York Giants +1000
Philadelphia Eagles +2000
St Louis Rams +3500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2000
Washington Redskins +1400