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Should Tom Brady's, left, suspension stand, the New England Patriots are expected to start second-year quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, right, in Week 1. Getty Images

A day removed from the NFL’s decision to uphold quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in the “Deflategate” scandal, and the New England Patriots are still considered among a handful of Super Bowl contenders.

According to the latest betting odds from, the defending champion’s odds have dipped only slightly from 11/1 to 12/1. And New England isn’t too far behind the overall favorite Green Bay Packers at 6/1, followed by the Seattle Seahawks at 13/2 and Indianapolis Colts at 8/1. New England is in a dead heat with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, who are both listed at 12/1.

On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that he believes Brady destroyed his cell phone in an attempt to cover up wrongdoing that led to Patriots personnel intentionally deflating game balls in order to gain an advantage over the Colts in last season’s AFC Championship game. Brady has vehemently denied the accusations and questioned Goodell’s cause for upholding the suspension in a Facebook post earlier Wednesday.

The 37-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP is now expected to challenge the ruling in federal court with the NFL Players Association by his side, and there’s a chance the suspension gets completely thrown out and Brady can play in New England’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10. But if the suspension stands, Brady won’t be eligible to return until Week 6 when the Patriots hit the road to face the Colts.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to reporters Wednesday after team owner Robert Kraft blasted Goodell’s decision, but the coach remained tight-lipped about his plans for the season. Still the Patriots are expected to send out second-year quarterback Jimmy Garappolo if Brady’s suspension sticks.

In six games, Garappolo went 19-for-27 for 182 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season for a 101.1 passer rating, stats odds makers evidently believe are enough to prove the 23-year-old can run New England’s offense until Brady makes his return.

As for the rest of the league, Green Bay overtook Seattle’s perch as the favorite despite losing to the defending NFC champs in a thrilling overtime matchup for the conference title last season. Armed with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are expected to claim their fifth-straight NFC North crown with the NFL’s most explosive offense.

Seattle’s slide is difficult to attribute, but it could have something to do with quarterback Russell Wilson’s ongoing contract saga with the team. The Seahawks kept their incredible defense together thanks to Wilson’s cheap rookie deal, but now the 26-year-old is entering the final year of that contract and unless a new deal is reached negotiations are expected to stop once Seattle opens camp Thursday.

The Colts moved back only marginally from 15/2 to 8/1, but their considered the favorites to come out of the loaded AFC. Quarterback Andrew Luck has some new weapons in veteran receiver Andre Johnson, who could complement youngster T.Y. Hilton to form one of the top duos in the league, and running back Frank Gore to complete what was already one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offenses.

Check out the full list of odds below.

Odds to Win the Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers 6/1

Seattle Seahawks 13/2

Indianapolis Colts 8/1

New England Patriots 12/1

Dallas Cowboys 12/1

Denver Broncos 12/1

Philadelphia Eagles 20/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 22/1

Arizona Cardinals 25/1

Baltimore Ravens 25/1

Miami Dolphins 25/1

New York Giants 25/1

Buffalo Bills 33/1

Cincinnati Bengals 33/1

Kansas City Chiefs 33/1

Minnesota Vikings 33/1

San Francisco 49ers 33/1

Atlanta Falcons 40/1

Carolina Panthers 40/1

Detroit Lions 40/1

New Orleans Saints 40/1

Chicago Bears 50/1

Houston Texans 50/1

New York Jets 50/1

San Diego Chargers 50/1

St. Louis Rams 50/1

Oakland Raiders 66/1

Cleveland Browns 100/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1

Washington Redskins 125/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 200/1

Tennessee Titans 200/1