Super Bowl Odds Ahead of Divisional Round
After a scintillating weekend of Wild Card games, the Divisional Round games are set with some tremendous matchups on the docket. Vegas wasted no time in setting the odds for all eight teams left in the dance – they were put Sunday night for us all to ponder.
Let’s take a look at the odds associated will all remaining teams and discuss each team’s chances of reaching the ultimate goal.
SuperBowl Odds as of Jan 12, 2016
New England Patriots +450
The Patriots unfortunately have drawn the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round and the Chiefs bring with them an 11 game winning streak. I know it is hard to discount the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady connection at Gillette Stadium but rarely have we seen this team entering a game having lost four if their last six contests overall.
The Patriots injury issues have been well-documented but they should get a few of their key pieces back for Saturday’s game. That said, Tom Brady’s addition to the injury report is scary.
A bet on the Pats is sketchy right now – the Chiefs have the type of game that could give the defending champions fits – New England has had its issues with teams that play ball-control.
Because I think the Chiefs upset the Pats on Saturday, I can’t recommend backing them. There are definitely better options.
Arizona Cardinals +450
The Cardinals are another team that plays a team on the rise ahead of this weekend. I mean c’mon – did anybody see the Packers putting pit all together the way they did in Washington Sunday? The arrow is definitely pointing way up on the Packers!
That said the Cardinals did beat the Packers 38-8 in Week 16 – total domination! Arizona absolutely battered Aaron Rodgers in that game and exposed Green Bay’s brutal O-line. It is difficult to imagine much has changed the last three weeks. Arizona matches up incredibly well with the Packers – don’t expect Rodgers and crew to manage Arizona’s defense like they did Washington’s!
The Cards are a solid team but I can’t help but think they are a piece short of winning it all this year – that piece being Tyrann Mathieu.
Carolina Panthers +450
The Panthers are still my pick to win it all and why not? They have home field throughout the playoffs, they have the most balanced team in the NFL and they have already beaten their Sunday opposition, Seattle one time this year.
Ted Ginn and Jonathan Stewart will be back for the Panthers and Cam Newton looks as though he just cannot lose. Carolina has been the best team in the NFL all season long – no reason to overthink it!
Seattle Seahawks +600
The Seahawks were OK in their win Sunday at Minnesota but cashed in a little divine intervention to get the win. If it weren’t for the fact that they have to go to Carolina, they might be my favorite to win it all.
But to beat the Panthers a team HAS to be at their absolute best! Seattle, although pretty good just isn’t quite at their best.
It hard to imaging Seattle winning two straight games on the road at 10 AM PT, never mind three road games just to get to the Super Bowl. Therefore I can’t recommend a wager on them to win it all!
Denver Broncos +600
The Broncos look like the best value on the board and are my pick to come out of the AFC. They will be out to avenge a 34-27 loss versus their Sunday opponent, Pittsburgh in Week 15 and may be in a good position to do so.
Ben Roethlisberger is banged up and Antonio Brown is also likely to be less than 100%
Denver enters the playoffs with the best defense in the game and a QB who is as healthy and as rested as any pivot left in the playoffs. They also come in with a running game that looked reborn with Peyton manning under center.
With the added motivation of getting Peyton another ring, I expect the Broncos to rally and to seriously challenge. Carolina is still my pick but the Broncos aren’t far behind.
Pittsburgh Steelers +900
The Steelers are pretty tough to ignore but the health of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams has me looking elsewhere! The fact that they are up against Peyton Manning and the Broncos insane “revenge-oriented” defense is another reason why I am shying away.
Kansas City Chiefs +1600
The Chiefs have been a nice story, it’s true and they do have a good chance of knocking off the Patriots in the Divisional Round.
But the high ankle sprain to Jeremy Maclin and the fact that they will have to win three straight games on the road just to get to the Big Dance has me reluctant to throw my hard-earned money on them. But at +1600, they may be worth a small look.
My thought is that Cinderella’s clock will strike midnight in the AFC Championship and leave the Chiefs looking toward next year.
Green Bay Packers +2200
The inconsistent Packers looked awfully good against Washington but the teams they have to overcome in the NFC have superior defenses to that of the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers will be harassed by Arizona.
Because I think Arizona waltzes over Green Bay, I can’t recommend you to wager your hard earned money on them – period!
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