As the 2016 NFL playoffs get set to begin, it seems like more teams than ever have a real chance to win the Super Bowl. The case is especially true in the NFC, where there is no clear favorite.
Four NFL teams are tied for having the best odds to win Super Bowl 50, and three of them play in the NFC. The Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots all have +475 championship odds with two days remaining until the start of Wild-Card Weekend. Seattle has represented the NFC in the Super Bowl in the last two years, but the top two seeds in the conference have been given the slight edge to play at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7.
After finishing the regular season at 15-1, Carolina has +210 odds to play in the 2016 Super Bowl. With the likely MVP in Cam Newton, the Panthers have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, having won two more games than any other NFL team. Carolina is 3-0 against NFC playoffs teams.
With a 13-3 record, Arizona also has +210 odds to reach Super Bowl 50. Before losing in Week 17, the Cardinals had won nine games in a row. Arizona ranks No.1 in total offense, and they've won six games by at least 20 points.
Seattle has +475 odds to win Super Bowl 50 like Carolina and Arizona, even though they don’t have a bye. But they’ll have to win three road games as the No.6 seed to reach Super Bowl 50, giving them slightly lower odds to win the NFC at +275. The Seahawks are the biggest favorites in the first-round, as they visit the Minnesota Vikings. Seattle beat Arizona 36-6 in Week 17, but they lost at home to the Cardinals and Panthers earlier in the season.
The Vikings won the NFC North by defeating the Green Bay Packers in the last day of the regular season, but Minnesota has been given worse odds to win the NFC. Green Bay is a road favorite on Wild Card Weekend, and the Vikings have already lost to the Seahawks by 31 points this season.
The Washington Redskins have the longest winning streak of any NFC playoff team, but they are the biggest longshots to win the conference. Kirk Cousins and Co. have won four consecutive games, but they still haven’t beaten a team with a winning record.
Below is a look at the betting odds each team has been given to win the NFC and the 2016 Super Bowl. All odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Carolina Panthers +210 (+475)
Arizona Cardinals +210 (+475)
Seattle Seahawks +275 (+475)
Green Bay Packers +1200 (+2500)
Minnesota Vikings +1400 (+2800)
Washington Redskins +2200 (+5000)