For NFL enthusiasts who are not Denver Bronco fans, there's always next year. And following Denver's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Las Vegas has already begun predicting which squads have the best chances to win the big game in 2017.
With the confetti from the Bronco's win barely cleared out of Levi's Stadium in San Francisco, the favorites to win next year include the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. Amid retirement rumors from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, oddsmakers seem a bit wary of the new champions. At the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, via ESPN, Seattle (8-1), New England (8-1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-1) are the co-favorites to win Super Bowl 2017. They're followed by the Green Bay Packers (10-1), the Arizona Cardinals (10-1) and Panthers (10-1). The Westgate Superbook has the Broncos barely trailing this top tier of teams at 14-1 odds.
That same group of favorites appears at Odds Shark, but in a different order. The Carolina Panthers, who lost just one game all season before losing in Super Bowl 50, are the favorites at +800. They're followed by the Patriots (+825), Seahawks (+1100), Cardinals (+1100), Packers (+1200) and Steelers (+1200).
Super Bowl 51 favs:
GB, Pit 12/1
Ari, Cin, Ind 15/1
KC, Min 25/1
NYG, NYJ 42/1
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) February 8, 2016
There seems to be a consensus around the top teams for 2017, and there appears to be a consensus for which squads will struggle as well. Pregame.com has the San Francisco 49ers (110/1), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (110/1), the Cleveland Browns (200/1) and the Tennessee Titans (220/1) as the four teams with the longest odds at winning Super Bowl 51. Odds Shark had the same bottom four, while the Westgate Superbook had the Browns as the overwhelming cellar-dwellers with 200/1 odds at winning the next Super Bowl. No other team has odds in the triple digits at the Westgate Superbook, with the San Francisco 49ers having the second longest odds at 60-1.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) February 8, 2016