Eight teams remain in the hunt to win Super Bowl 50, and there are plenty of familiar faces. Five of the starting quarterbacks have won at least one championship in their careers and made Super Bowl appearances in the last five seasons.
It’s not surprising that the teams with the best quarterbacks are considered the favorites to win Super Bowl 50. The Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers have the three best Super Bowl odds, and their starting quarterbacks are the top three NFL MVP candidates. The Seattle Seahawks have the fourth-best odds, and Russell Wilson finished the regular season with the league’s best passer rating.
Four teams saw their Super Bowl hopes end on Wild Card Weekend. None were considered real threats to win a title at the start of the postseason, though the Cincinnati Bengals could have been a threat if Andy Dalton returned from injury.
Below is a look at the complete 2016 Super Bowl betting odds heading into the divisional round of the playoffs, courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Arizona Cardinals +425
The Cardinals have seen their Super Bowl odds slightly improve in the last week. They are a heavy favorite over the Packers in the second round, having already beaten them by 30 points in the regular season. Arizona would play at home if Carolina gets upset this weekend, which is a distinct possibility since the Panthers are facing the red-hot Seahawks.
New England Patriots +450
With the AFC seemingly much weaker than the NFC, the Patriots have the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 50. New England is a five-point favorite over Kansas City in the second round, and they are getting healthier with Julian Edelman cleared to play in the team’s first playoff game of 2016.
Carolina Panthers +500
Carolina’s Super Bowl odds have worsened since they discovered who they’d be playing in their first postseason game. With potential games against the Seahawks and Cardinals before they can even reach Super Bowl 50, the Panthers might have to face two teams that are better than any AFC team.
Seattle Seahawks +550
Seattle barely escaped Minnesota with a win, but they are still considered to be almost as good as any NFL team on a neutral field. They are getting three points in Carolina, and they could play the NFC Championship Game in Arizona, where they recently won by 30 points.
Denver Broncos +550
The Broncos will rely on the right arm of Peyton Manning to reach Super Bowl 50. He’ll start at quarterback for the first time since Nov. 15 as Denver hosts Pittsburgh in the second round. Denver has home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and the only NFC playoff team they’ve faced this season is Green Bay, who they easily defeated.
Kansas City Chiefs +900
Playing in the postseason hasn’t slowed down the Chiefs, who won their first playoff game by 30 points to extend their winning streak to 11 games. They are five-point underdogs in the second round, though they have wins over the Broncos and Steelers, one of whom they’d face in the AFC Championship Game with a win over New England.
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
If it wasn’t for Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, the Steelers would have much better odds. Pittsburgh is a seven-point underdog in Denver this weekend, and they would be on the road against either New England or Kansas City in the AFC title game. The Steelers have lost to the Seahawks and beaten the Cardinals, who they would potentially meet in Super Bowl 50.
Green Bay Packers +1200
The Packers were the only underdog to win on Wild Card Weekend. They might have to go through both the Panthers and Cardinals, who they already lost to this season, in order to reach the Super Bowl. Green Bay was also defeated by Denver in the regular season.