Not every NFL team can live up to the hype.
That's just a matter of logistics in a league with 32 teams, especially after long offseasons that generate so much optimism for each fanbase.
Look at last year, when the Minnesota Vikings (7-9) were expected to contend, the Carolina Panthers (5-11) were supposed to experience a revival with Teddy Bridgewater and the San Francisco 49ers (6-10) were going to keep right on being Super Bowl contenders.
Looking ahead with an assist from DraftKings' Super Bowl futures, several hyped teams will fall flat in 2021 because of cap issues, roster construction and mere projection. Most have potential problems under center, too, which is usually what ultimately separates the pretenders from contenders.
San Francisco 49ers
Until the San Francisco 49ers manage to escape quarterback purgatory, the franchise will likely be a fixture on lists like this.
The 49ers aren't getting much from Jimmy Garoppolo, who, on the five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed before the 2018 season, has appeared in more than six games just once. San Francisco seemed like an obvious trade destination for Matthew Stafford because the front office can shed this contract with only $2.8 million in dead cap, but it will instead have to face him twice per year against the Los Angeles Rams.
Still, San Francisco's defense should be much improved for the mere fact that Nick Bosa and Dee Ford should be back healthy, hence the seventh-best Super Bowl odds.
There are still ways for the 49ers to improve the quarterback spot, but sitting 17th in cap space ($11.9 million) with free agents like Trent Williams, Richard Sherman, Thomas and others is problematic. So too is an NFC West with the aforementioned Rams, plus the Seattle Seahawks and J.J. Watt-infused Arizona Cardinals.
The Indianapolis Colts are banking on head coach Frank Reich reviving quarterback Carson Wentz after reportedly trading for the former Philadelphia Eagles starter.
This move in response to Philip Rivers' retirement is a risky one, to say the least. Wentz, now the team's top cap hit at $25.4 million, appeared in 12 games last year, completing 57.4 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions.