The 2015 Super Bowl could have a very familiar feel, with last year’s champions and the team that’s reached four straight AFC title games expected to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While the Seahawks and Patriots are favored to face off in the season’s final game, multiple scenarios have the Packers and Colts vying for a championship on Feb. 1.
Seattle and New England are both where they were projected to be at the start of the 2014 regular season, while Green Bay was given the third-best Super Bowl odds to start the year, among NFC teams. Indianapolis is somewhat of a surprise, considering seven teams started the season with better odds to win the title.
Below is a look at the odds for different scenarios in the Super Bowl, as well a prediction and projected point spreads for the biggest game of the year. All Super Bowl betting odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Seattle Seahawks (5/4)
The defending champs began the playoffs as the favorites to win the 2015 Super Bowl, and they find themselves in the same position before the NFC Championship Game. They are giving Green Bay 7.5 points on Sunday, and they’d be expected to beat either New England or Indianapolis. The Seahawks are projected to be three-point favorites over the Patriots and 6.5-point favorites over the Colts.
A Seattle-New England Super Bowl is the most likely matchup, making it the odds-on favorite at 5/6. Oddsmakers have given a Seattle-Indianapolis Super Bowl 3/1 odds of happening.
New England Patriots (19/10)
The Broncos were the only AFC team that had better Super Bowl odds than the Patriots to begin the year, but Tom Brady’s team has proven to be better than Peyton Manning and Co. New England is giving Indianapolis 6.5 points in the AFC Championship Game, and there’s a chance they’d be favored in the Super Bowl. While they’d be underdogs to the Seahawks, the Patriots would open as 2.5-point favorites over the Packers.
The third most likely Super Bowl matchup features New England and Green Bay, with 4/1 odds of happening. Entering Championship Weekend, oddsmakers have set the chances of the Patriots beating the Packers to win the title at 6/1.
Green Bay Packers (11/2)
After their win over New England in Week 13, the Packers were named the favorites to be crowned champions at the end of the season. A loss to the Bills just two weeks later, though, stripped them of home-field advantage, making it much more difficult for them to win it all. Green Bay is getting more than a touchdown in Seattle, and they wouldn’t be favored to beat New England on a neutral field. Even with a hobbled Aaron Rodgers, though, the Packers would be giving the Colts a field goal.
A Green Bay-Indianapolis Super Bowl is the most unlikely outcome to result from the championship games, with the odds set at 8/1. Two years ago, the visiting teams in the NFC and AFC championship games both made the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis Colts (13/2)
The Colts are the only team remaining in the playoffs that has played two postseason games, and Indianapolis won both contests convincingly. Still, Andrew Luck and Co. are the biggest longshots to win the Super Bowl. They would be underdogs against both the Seahawks and Packers, and the odds of Indianapolis not winning the Super Bowl have been set at 1/12.
The odds of the Colts beating the defending champs in the Super Bowl are 9/1. The chances of Seattle beating Indianapolis are 5/1.
Super Bowl XLIX Prediction
The betting odds favor the Seahawks beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl (7/4), and that is the most likely result. Both teams are likely to win at home, and Seattle’s defense is playing so well that it doesn’t appear they will be defeated in the next two games.