Super Bowl: Updated Odds
All of the following betting odds can be found at Bookmaker.
The Fab Five
Right now the Denver Broncos (+240) are the overall favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy. It really is quite sensational what Peyton Manning has been able to do.
Under Manning's guidance, the Broncos finished 13-3, which tied them with the Atlanta Falcons for the best record in the league, and earned a bye in the first round of the postseason.. Denver went 7-1 at home and you know no one wants to head up to Mile High for a playoff game.
Right behind the Broncos are the New England Patriots and they're listed at +245. Tom Brady and company ended up with a ridiculous point differential of plus-226, the most of any team in the NFL. Only the Broncos were remotely close to that number.
As always, the Patriots would be worthy Super Bowl contenders, and one would have to think they'll have to get through the Broncos to get there.
Next up are the Falcons (+330), who despite getting love from oddsmakers, aren't getting much from the public. Despite an impressive 13-3 record, no one seems to think Matty Ice and the Falcons will be able to do much damage in the playoffs.
Closing out the top five are the San
Francisco 49ers (+475) and Green Bay Packers (+575), two teams that you definitely don't want to sleep on.
The 49ers pretty much do everything well and they have many of the qualities befitting of an extremely dangerous postseason team. Make sure you track the status of Justin Smith, who missed the regular season finale. His presence on defense makes a world of difference for Jim Harbaugh's team and it appears as if he'll be ready to go.
We're also interested to see how young Colin Kaepernick handles the pressure of the postseason.
As for the Packers, we don't have to worry about the experience level of their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers was five yards away from 4300 passing yards and threw 39 touchdown passes this season. He's also got all of his favorite weapons at his disposal now that Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson are healthy again. Randall Cobb is also swearing he'll be active.
Rest of the Pack
Other teams that are given somewhat of a chance as an NFL superbowl pick are the Seattle Seahawks (+975), Houston Texans (+1100), Baltimore Ravens (+1600), and the Washington Redskins (+1800).
At one time, the Texans were one of the top favorites to win the whole thing but losing three of their final four regular season games hasn't done them any favors with the public.
In a battle of sensational rookies, Russell Wilson's Seahawks will travel across the country to play Robert Griffin III's Redskins. Seattle isn't nearly as dangerous on the road, so we're interested to see how they do in the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, lines makers aren't expecting much noise out of the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings or the Cincinnati Bengals, with all three teams trading at +3500 to shock the masses and take home the trophy.