It’s the NFL Playoffs! Here’s a primer on the entire field competing to reach Super Bowl 50, complete with NFL futures odds for each and every facet of the playoffs.
As far as the overarching Super Bowl 50 market, the NFC has the clear edge across sportsbook platforms, largely down to the strength of the field that includes the Carolina Panthers (15-1 SU), the Arizona Cardinals (13-3 SU) and, last but not least, the 2013-2014 Super Bowl Champions and last season’s runners-up Seattle Seahawks (10-6 SU). The Green Bay Packers can’t be overlooked entirely in this field, but it’s no secret that they’ve dropped off somewhat down the stretch and, as such, their impact on the Super Bowl 50 futures market at this point in time is minimal. That said, nobody would be surprised if they did, all of a sudden, find their stride in the playoffs.
There are no surprises in the way the NFC field stacks up, even though it doesn’t pay lip service to seeding entirely. Top seed Carolina Panthers ride roughshod over the field as the team to beat at +180 NFL odds while second seed Arizona Cardinals closely follow at +225. Sixth seed Seattle Seahawks emerge as the third overall favorites, obviously because of their proven championship credentials. They are the team nobody wants to play in the NFC. Fifth seed Green Bay Packers are installed as the fourth overall favorites, largely down to having the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers calling the shots. Finally, debutants Teddy Bridgewater and Kirk Cousins lead their teams, respectively, into the playoffs as the fifth and sixth overall NFL picks to win the NFC Championship.
The AFC field, similarly, serves up no surprises on the NFL odds board. The only difference in this group is only the Texans are the quadruple-digit bet whereas the NFC boasted two quadruple bets in the Vikings and Redskins. The remaining four teams in the AFC are rather closely packed on the NFL odds board.
Defending champions New England Patriots emerge as the conspicuous favorites at +163 to win the AFC Conference while Denver Broncos emerge as the second favorites at +225 NFL odds. After the top two seeds, sixth seed Pittsburgh Steelers are matched as the third overall favorites at +550 NFL odds while third seed and fifth seed Kansas City Chiefs are joint fourth overall favorites at +750 NFL odds. In the case of the latter, the NFL odds and placement in the playoff hierarchy of favorites is down to the injury to Andy Dalton as well as previous failures in the postseason. Finally, the considerable long shots at +2500 NFL odds are the Houston Texans.
To Win Super Bowl 50 – The Favorites According to Four Sportsbooks
Taking the NFL betting outlooks for the respective conferences a step further, we look at the overarching Super Bowl 50 market. Here we find some intriguing NFL odds that serve up alternative favorites from sportsbook to sportsbook.
By the above Table, it’s clear that the defending champions New England Patriots remain the overall favorites to win Super Bowl 50, which would mark a second consecutive Super Bowl win for the team and the second time the Brady-Belichick tandem pulled off the feat. That would be something. Bet365, 5Dimes and Heritage have the Patriots as their favorites anywhere from +400 to +410, which is a nominal difference.
Bet365, however, makes no distinction between the Patriots and Panthers, installing the pair as joint favorites at +400 NFL odds. None of our featured books have done so. In fact, 5Dimes have the Panthers as their third overall favorites at +445 NFL odds as does Heritage at +430 NFL odds. Those two sportsbooks look more favorably on the Arizona Cardinals, pricing Bruce Arians side as their second overall favorites at +415 NFL odds.
Bookmaker, however, flips the script entirely for Super Bowl 50 betting enthusiasts. On their trading floor, the Arizona Cardinals are the team to beat at +381 NFL odds, with the Patriots nipping at their heels at +384 NFL odds and the Panthers rounding out the Top 3 NFL picks at +399.
Where there is consensus is about the team from each conference that could shake things up in the playoffs: the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, interchangeably matched as the fourth or fifth favorite depending on your sportsbook of choice. In any event, the pair are matched on triple-digit NFL odds, making them the teams to spot in the NFC and AFC. Not least viable contenders for the coveted prize.
The rest of the contenders/pretenders are priced in quadruple digits, beginning with the Steelers and ending with the Texans. Most notably, the order they stack up on the NFL odds board is uniformly held from sportsbook to sportsbook, albeit not on exactly the same NFL odds.
NFL bettors looking to lock down their NFL picks for the Super Bowl should shop around for the best NFL odds. For instance, if you’re banking on the Patriots pulling off a repeat, then Heritage offers the best price at +410. Similarly, those looking to bank on the Panthers as their choice Super Bowl pick, 5Dimes is offering the best price of +445 at the moment. Arizona Cardinals are best priced at Bet365 on +450 NFL odds. Finally, 5Dimes offers the best price on the Seahawks at +630 and both 5Dimes and Heritage are offering the best price on the Broncos at +605 to win it all.
Those looking for sleeper NFL picks the Pittsburgh Steelers have the look of dangerous floaters about them and at +1325 to win it all at 5Dimes they’re garnering quite a bit of attention from NFL experts and analysts. The Kansas City Chiefs, riding a ten-game winning streak into the playoffs, are the most in-form team and qualify as a solid sleeper NFL pick at the best price of +1750 at 5Dimes.
Finally, the top sleeper NFL pick has to be Green Bay Packers at the whopping +2912 price at Bookmaker. Preseason betting markets had the Packers as one of the Top Four teams to win it all. Would anybody be surprised if they got hot all of a sudden? Certainly, they have what appears to be a straightforward matchup in the wild-card round, a game that could prove to be the catalyst for an impressive run to Super Bowl 50.