As the NFL playoff hunt enters its early stages, the Denver Broncos remain the biggest favorite to win the Super Bowl. According to Las Vegas odds makers at Bovada, quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos are 7/2 favorites, though that’s down slightly from the 11/2 odds they held before the regular season began two months ago.
Holding a one-game lead in the AFC West with a 6-2 record, the Broncos slid in part to their loss to rival New England last week and to last year’s Super Bowl winner Seattle in Week 3.
New England and Seattle also switched places. The Patriots started the season with 8/1 odds to win the fourth Super Bowl in the franchise’s history, and are now right behind Denver at 6/1. Seattle slipped back to 8/1 as its defense hasn’t look anything like the juggernaut that crushed all comers last season.
After a 2-2 start, the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have won five straight, capped by a rousing 43-21 blowout victory over Denver. But Manning and Broncos did trounce the Pats in 26-16 the AFC title game last season.
Las Vegas also seems to have little faith in this season’s surprise or rising teams. The Detroit Lions (6-2 record) possess the best defense in the NFL and are first in the NFC North, but are 20/1 longshots to win the Super Bowl. That likely has more to do with Detroit's overall lack of success in the postseason. The Lions have made the playoffs once in the last 15 years, and haven’t claimed a victory since 1991.
Book makers also snubbed the loaded AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are tied for first place but maintain 22/1 and 50/1 odds, respectively. Similar to Detroit, the Browns haven’t made the postseason since 2002 and have no wins since 1994.
Instead, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers( 5-3 record), are presently second in the NFC North, but maintain 9/1 odds, followed by the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts at 10/1. The Cardinals (7-1 record) own the best record in the NFC, and boast impressive wins over San Diego, San Francisco and Dallas. Still, Arizona was blown out 41-20 on the road against the Broncos.
Rolling out the highest-scoring offense in the league, the Colts (6-3 record) are led by third-year quarterback Andrew Luck, whose tops in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes. The Colts have a comfortable two-game lead in the AFC South, but their 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago calls their defense into question.
Odds To Win Super Bowl via Bovada.lv
New England 6/1
Green Bay 9/1
New Orleans 16/1
San Francisco 25/1
Kansas City 33/1
San Diego 40/1
N.Y. Giants 200/1
St. Louis 300/1