Super Bowl 50 Odds

Super Bowl 50 Odds

Following a highly entertaining Super Bowl victory for the Patriots, the 2014 NFL season is officially in the books. While all 32 teams begin or continue preparing for the Combine, free agency, and the Draft, Vegas oddsmakers are already looking ahead to which of said teams will be the early front runners to compete in historic Super Bowl 50, or Super Bowl L. Of course, much will change between now and next February, but it’s still fun to speculate. Is there a supposed contender poised to flop? Does a middle of the pack member stand out as a legitimate contender? Here’s a look at the initial odds to win Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

Seattle Seahawks 5/1 – Despite the heartbreaking loss that will haunt Pete Carroll and his charges for months (if not years), the ‘Hawks have been installed as the team to beat. Will they bring back soon to be 29-year-old Marshawn Lynch after four straight seasons with 300-plus touches? Can maligned offensive coordinator Darell Bevell survive the maelstrom of criticism after the dubious pass play that cost them the title? Regardless, Seattle is young and loaded.

New England Patriots 7/1 – Fairly simple here. As long as Brady and Belichick are together, the Pats will remain the AFC’s team to beat. The push to “win one for the thumb” should also provide plenty of motivation for the most dominating franchise since 2000.

Green Bay Packers 8/1 – If Aaron Rodgers was fully healthy, it could have been the Pack throwing an atrocious interception to lose Super Bowl XLIX instead of Seattle. In all seriousness, two-time MVP Rodgers is the league’s best offensive player, and eager to seize another championship. Mike McCarthy needs to re-sign Randall Cobb and upgrade the front seven for this team to surpass the Seahawks.

Denver Broncos 10/1 – This is assuming Peyton comes back. Then again, the way he looked down the stretch could be very telling about his future. He turns 39 in March and his arm is clearly in decline. Toss in a brand new coaching staff and a defense that unravels in the spotlight and you’re looking at a potential 8-8 dud.

Dallas/Indianapolis 14/1 – Jerry Jones needs to find a lot of cap space to ink DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. Jason Witten is near the end, Tony Romo is still operating on borrowed time, and an overachieving defense is low on skill. As for Indy, they need a new running back and one or two defensive stars to help Andrew Luck reach his first Super Bowl.

Eagles/49ers 20/1 – Chip Kelly won a front office power struggle in Philly, while Jim Harbaugh sprang from a San Fran sinking ship to head up his alma mater at Michigan. The Eagles have major problems in the secondary. The Niners have major issues at their skilled positions.

Arizona Cardinals 33/1 – Bruce Arians has already reserved a spot in SB L, so Vegas needs to get on the ball. Considering the run away clown car under center to end Arizona’s 2014 campaign, Arians better hope Carson Palmer successfully returns from his second torn ACL, or 2015 will be tough to stomach.

Bengals/Rams 40/1 – Cincy can’t win a playoff game, and St. Louis can’t advance to the playoffs. Both are a legit starting quarterback away from making noise.

Cleveland Browns 66/1 – Johnny Manziel just entered a treatment program. Josh Gordon will be suspended for the year. Yeah, the Brownies are going places.