2015 NFL Super Bowl 50 Betting Odds and Predictions
Week 4 of the NFL preseason tends to be pretty much throwaway games for bettors as they start their handicapping efforts for the start of the regular season in little over a week. This is also a good time to go over the NFL Super Bowl futures odds, which may have been slightly adjusted given the results of the first three weeks of preseason games.
Checking BetOnline’s most recent NFL Super Bowl futures board, the Seattle Seahawks are at the top of the list at +450 betting odds after going 1-1 in the league’s championship game the past two seasons. The Seahawks’ betting odds to win their third-straight NFC title stand at +250 as the best on the board.
There is no doubt that Seattle is still loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, but getting back to a third-straight Super Bowl is a tall task for any team. This in turn tends to sap much of the value in the Seahawks’ odds to even win the NFC this year.
The second-favorite to win Super Bowl 50 this season is the Green Bay Packers at +600. Their odds to win the NFC this time around after a heart-breaking 28-22 overtime loss to Seattle in last season’s conference championship as 8.5-point road underdogs have been set at +300.
Much has been said about the Packers’ injury situation this preseason; most notably the loss of Jordy Nelson for the season along with a shoulder injury to Randall Cobb that could keep him out of the season opener against Chicago. As long as quarterback Aaron Rodgers stays healthy he will always find someone to throw the ball to. The key to a Green Bay run to the Super Bowl could be a breakout season for third-year running back Eddie Lacy.
The top contender to win a Super Bowl from the AFC is the Indianapolis Colts at +800. Their betting odds to win their conference have been set at +350. This could definitely be the Colts year after posting 11 wins in each of quarterback Andrew Lucks first three years in the league. The Colts made it all the way to the AFC title game last season, but came up well short in a 45-7 loss to New England as seven-point road underdogs.
Speaking of the Patriots, they have been the focal point of media attention this entire preseason for all the wrong reasons. No matter what eventually happens with quarterback Tom Brady’s pending four-game suspension, this entire deflate-gate situation has been a major distraction that threatens to carry over into the regular season.
New England is currently a +850 fourth-favorite to successfully defend as Super Bowl Champs which is never easy to do under the best of conditions. The Patriots’ odds to get back to the Super Bowl by winning the AFC are set at +400. Much like the situation in Seattle, it appears to be time for a changing of the guard in both conferences this season.
The team rising up the ranks with a bullet is the new-look Philadelphia Eagles. They started the preseason as second-favorites to even win their division, but after outscoring Indianapolis, Baltimore and Green Bay by a combined score of 115-53 in three preseason games, they are now slight +120 favorites over Dallas (+135) to win the NFC East this year. Their odds to make it all the way to the Super Bowl by winning the NFC are now the third-best on the board at +650 and they have moved down to +1200 betting odds to win Super Bowl 50 this year.
The Super Bowl betting odds for a few of the other top contenders in the league starts with Denver Broncos, who are also listed at +1200. They are quietly enjoying a very productive preseason and with a healthy Peyton Manning at the helm, they always have a shot to make some noise. The Cowboys are next on the list at +1400, followed by Baltimore at +1800 and Pittsburgh at +2200.
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