Here are the top 5 Super Bowl contenders heading into 2017 and why you should wager your money on one of the them:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

According to American Gaming Association stats and research 95 billion dollars was taken in sports wagers during the 2015 NFL and NCAA football seasons. With two years passing since then you have to expect that number to drastically increase and that means a lot of people are looking for the scoop on NFL insight for sports betting reasons. Itā€™s easy to quickly glance at spreads and take a random shot in the dark at which team will win the Super Bowl, but what gamblers really need is a National Football League expert who understands the science that goes into playing the great sport of football. Endzoneblog covers the NFL 365 days a year and these are hands down the front-runners to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy this upcoming season.

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1. New England Patriots- The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl last year and they could be even more talented in 2017. The Patriots added Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, Stephon Gilmore, and Kony Ealy. Not to mention they managed to retain Dontā€™a Hightower who tested the market as a free agent but ultimately decided to stay with the Patriots. Key additions: Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, Stephon Gilmore. Key losses: Jabaal Sheard, LeGarette Blount, Chris Long.

2. Atlanta Falcons- It shouldnā€™t be any surprise that the Patriots and Falcons are leading the pack because both teams had tremendous off-seasons after going to the Super Bowl. Atlanta didnā€™t lose any significant players from their championship caliber team and they actually added some significant players to their defensive front. Most notably Dontari Poe who comes over from the Chiefs and should pair nicely with NFL Sack Leader Vic Beasley. Key additions: Dontari Poe, Hugh Thorton, Takkarist McKinley (rookie). Key losses: Jonathan Babineaux, Jacob Tamme, Dashon Goldson.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers are a serious threat to knock off the Patriots in 2017. Pittsburgh got Martavis Bryant back from suspension and that will add another dynamic to the Steelersā€™ offense. As long as Leā€™Veon Bellā€™s contract dispute plays out smoothly and Pittsburgh has their star running back on the field, this team will be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC. Keep in mind itā€™s probably Ben Roethlisbergerā€™s final season so you know he wants to go out with a bang. Key additions: Tyson Alualu, TJ Watt (rookie), Martavis Bryant (suspension). Key losses: Lawrence Timmons, Markus Wheaton, Ryan Harris.

4. Oakland Raiders- The Raiders have a stacked roster headlined by the addition of Marshawn Lynch at the running back position. Lynch will give the Raiders that same ground and pound tenacity that he brought to the Seahawks during their two Super Bowl appearances. The underlining factor in this teamā€™s success will be whether or not Derek Carr can return to top form though? Carr is the lifeblood of the Raiders Super Bowl chances and we witnessed first hand what happens when he is out of the line up last year in the wild card loss against the Texans. Donā€™t expect the Raiders to lose in the first round of playoffs in 2017 if Derek Carr is on the field. This team has too many outstanding players to be a one and done team. Key additions: Marshawn Lynch, Jared Cook, Cordarrelle Patterson. Key losses: Latavius Murray, Stacy McGee, Malcom Smith.

5. Dallas Cowboys- This fifth spot came down to the Packers, and Cowboys. However with Green Bay losing Julius Peppers the Cowboys look poised enough to pass the Packers in 2017. Dallas has an electric young tandem in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliottt that will dictate the offenseā€™s success. On the defensive side of the ball the Cowboys drafted a couple of University of Michigan defenders (Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis) to help lock down. All of those moves have the Cowboys moving up the NFC power rankings. Key additions: Nolan Carroll, Jonathan Cooper, Justin Durant. Key losses: Morris Claiborne Doug Free, Brandon Carr.

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