With a handful of games left in the season, football future bettors should start thinking about which teams are looking good for Super Bowl 50. Not only are these teams kicking some serious butt on the field, their odds reflect their likelihood of winning Super Bowl 50. Click here for my Super Bowl 50 sleeper picks.
A Closer Look At The Favorites To Win Super Bowl 50
New England Patriots – 12/5
The Pats could be on the down turn after losing WR Julian Edelman to a season ending injury a couple of weeks ago. Expect Tom Brady to continue to perform well enough to win the MVP, but taking home the Super Bowl might be tough to do for this over bet team.
Arizona Cardinals – 13/2
The Cardinals have been arguably the most impressive team in football so far this season. They’ve played a much tougher schedule than Carolina. If QB Carson Palmer holds up, this team will be tough to beat in the playoffs.
Carolina Panthers – 7/1
Going into Week 12, Carolina is the only undefeated team in the NFC. The Panthers’ offense is very difficult to contain because QB Cam Newton can throw or run. The problem for the Panthers is that they haven’t really been battle tested and the secondary outside of corner Josh Norman can be beat. How long will safety Roman Harper keep his legs?
Green Bay Packers – 8/1
If you can get 8 to 1 on the Packers, run to the window as the saying goes in horse racing. The Packers came back to life in a big way against the Minnesota Vikings in a key NFC North game in Week 11. QB Aaron Rodgers is a stud in the playoffs and the Packers’ defense has gelled. Expect wins from here on out for this team.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 12/1
Pitt had a bye in Week 11. They got Big Ben healthy. WR Antonio Brown and TE Heath Miller are still 2 of the best in the league at their positions. The offensive line has held up this season even without center Maurkice Pouncey. Plus, the defense is starting to make its presence felt.
Cincinnati Bengals – 15/1
There isn’t a whole lot of belief in QB Andy Dalton. He really isn’t the issue. The bigger issue is Cincinnati’s defense. After a while, the D breaks down in games. Ask QB Carson Palmer with AZ who led the Cardinals to 27 second half points in Cincinnati’s Week 11 loss to Arizona.
Denver Broncos – 15/1
If Peyton Manning doesn’t start another game as a Denver Bronco, don’t be surprised. QB Brock Osweiler showed during the pre-season that he was ready to lead this team. In Week 11 he showed it in a regular season game against Chicago’s highly rated pass defense when throwing for 250 yards. The Broncos have a shot to win it all.
New York Giants – 18/1
The Giants biggest issue is their thirty-second ranked pass defense. Sure, it showed up big against New England, but the G-Men always play New England tough. If the Giants make the playoffs they could go a long way but winning the Super Bowl seems out of their reach.
Seattle Seahawks – 18/1
The Seahawks’ biggest issue is the offensive line. They aren’t terrific in the secondary either. Seattle has looked good against bad teams while looking bad against good teams. The Seahawks may not make the playoffs. Even if they do, the offensive line will be their downfall.
Minnesota Vikings – 20/1
The Vikings have the rushing attack, talent on defense, and good enough coaches to win the Super Bowl this season. Minnesota’s biggest problem is a lack of playoff experience. That and keeping their QB from falling apart could be the reason that they don’t win the Lombardi Trophy in 2016.