SuperBowl Odds as of Jan 7, 2016
We are down to 12! The playoff seeds have been determined and Vegas has come out with the odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in San Francisco in just over a month’s time. 2016 looks to be the year of the NFC – Carolina, Arizona and Seattle look like the cream of the crop as we head into the playoffs.
So who is the best bet to win Superbowl 50? Is there a sleeper put there that will result in a big payday?
Let’s take a look.
Arizona Cardinals +475
The Cardinals were smacked in the mouth by the Seahawks in Week 17. There are some that think that the Cardinals needed that wake-up call to motivate them to get better during their two weeks off. My thought is a tad different however.
The Cardinals were exposed mightily – the loss of Tyrann Mathieu on defense looms large for this team – their opposition will be able to attack the secondary with success as Russell Wilson did on Sunday. Running back David Johnson has been a nice story but he could be hitting the rookie wall.
Simply put the Cardinals look sketchy – too much so to be the betting favorite right now. While the Cardinals have been a nice story, my money certainly won’t be on a team that lost 36-6 in their finale.
New England Patriots +475
The Patriots have some serious question marks as well. They lost four of their last six games in the Regular Season – not much went right for the team. Sure injuries played a huge part in their struggles – the O-line was banged up, the running game wasn’t the same because of injury and Tom Brady’s weapons were average at best.
To think all of that will suddenly change in the next two weeks makes me wonder. I know that doubting Brady and Belichick isn’t a recommended practice but their lineup just doesn’t seem to be where it needs to be to be considered a serious contender.
New England had just too many obstacles to overcome this year. Just because some injured stars will return, it doesn’t mean that they will be able to contribute right away!
Carolina Panthers +500
Talk about no respect! The Panthers went 15-1 during the Regular Season and will have home field advantage throughout – and they still go off at 6-1? Carolina will get Ted Ginn and Jonathan Stewart back for the playoffs –two players that were injured the last couple weeks of the season but were key cogs before that.
With MVP Cam Newton guiding the team and with one of the best defenses in the game it is hard to see anyone stopping this speeding locomotive.
Carolina looks like a team of destiny and are my pick to win it all this year.
Seattle Seahawks +500
The Seattle Seahawks played perhaps their best game in the finale – a 36-6 beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals. This experienced team is peaking at just the right time.
We all knew about Seattle’s defense which is playing at a predictably high level once again but it is the offense under the sizzling Russell Wilson that has taken the next step this year. Seattle’s point differential is +101 in their last five games – amazing. It’s true that they are one of the scariest teams heading into the postseason.
But Seattle must win three games on the road just to get to the Championship game – two of those games will likely start before noon Pacific Time. Western teams’ struggles in early games have been well documented – Seattle went 2-2 on such occasions this year.
Seattle is an average road team – if they were at home they’d be my pick easily. But a series of tough road dates will be too much for this team. Their remarkable second-half run ends in Carolina in the NFC Championship game.
Denver Broncos +650
The Broncos were built to win the Super Bowl -THIS YEAR! There isn’t much that I’ve seen that sways me from thinking that they shouldn’t at least advance to the Title game. First of all, they have the best defense in the NFL – by quite a margin – the old adage “Defense wins Championships” definitely comes into play here.
Secondly they earned home-field advantage throughout their AFC run. Thirdly, the teams they must go through are seriously banged up and in sketchy form entering the postseason. Fourthly, a healthy Peyton Manning could be the rallying cry for this team.
Denver, to me, looks like the most complete team in the AFC – the running game looked reborn with Peyton Manning under center and the defense could win games all by itself.
Denver is as solid a team as there is in the AFC – they ride home-field and Peyton Manning to a February date in San Francisco!
Pittsburgh Steelers +900
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a seemingly unstoppable offense – Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown enter the playoffs on a totally different level. There are concerns for this team however – the defense is nowhere near the caliber of a Super Bowl winning team and running back DeAngelo Williams his unlikely to play in the first game on Saturday.
That said the Steelers will play a Bengals team that will start AJ McCarron at QB. Pittsburgh may advance to the second round but it is hard to see them going deep into the postseason against some pretty complete teams.
Kansas City Chiefs +1400
How about dem Chiefs? They enter the postseason as the hottest team in the game. Do I like them as a terrific story in the NFL this year? Heck yes. Do I like them to defeat the best of the best and take the Lombardi – Heck No!
Minnesota Vikings +2500
I love what the Vikings have done this year but still feel they are a year or two away. They are too young and too unbalanced offensively – expect them to have a hard time against some of the league’s elite defenses in January.
Green Bay Packers +2500
It’s definitely not Green Bay’s year. The lack of a down-field threat, a pretty bad running game and an O-line that can’t protect Aaron Rodgers are just a few of their problems heading into the postseason.
Green Bay has looked pretty bad against the NFL’s elite and that is what they will face in the playoffs!
Cincinnati Bengals +2800
It looks like AJ McCarron will start the Wild Card game Saturday against a team that the Bengals will have to score a ton – yikes! If that’s not enough to scare you off – take a look at Andy Dalton’s record in the playoffs.
If and that’s a big IF he does play at any point in the playoffs those demons will be there!
Washington Redskins +4000
The Redskins have been a nice story but against some of the best defenses in the game, I expect the Kirk Cousins magic to be muted just a bit. It is unfathomable to think the Redskins advance over teams like Carolina or Seattle!
Houston Texans +5000
The Texans wouldn’t even be in the show if not for their brutal division. They may ride JJ Watt and their peaking defense to a Wild Card win but advancing past that looks like too much to ask.
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