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Oddsmakers have pegged the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots as 2013 Super Bowl favorites, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has a beef with that. He thinks another teams should be the front runner: his own.
Per a report passed along by ProFootballTalk, Davis thinks the Niners should enter the 2012 NFL season as the the favorites to win the championship after reaching the NFC Championship last year. He made the comments during this week’s OTAs, and in fairness, admitted it starts during practice. It wasn’t outright boastful. Instead, acknowledging that if the team plays and practices right, everything will follow.
And he’s not alone. Apparently most of his teammates feel the same (along with every other player in the NFL).
The loss in the NFC Championship still burns inside him, but he is using it as motivation this year. He also said he’s using it as an example of what it takes to reach the Super Bowl.
It’s hard to argue. The Niners had the league’s top rated rush defense in 2011 in reaching the conference final, along with an 8th-ranked rushing game. The team’s weakest facet – passing – was addressed in the offseason, adding Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and A.J. Jenkins.
San Francisco currently has a 10/1 chance at the championship, according to Bovada’s 2013 Super Bowl Futures.
It starts the season as a six-point underdog to the Green Bay Packers in the opener, according to BetOnline’s Week 1 Betting Odds.