Super Bowl XLIX
The 2014 NFL season has been unpredictable and exciting with no easy path to Super Bowl XLIX.
The Seattle Seahawks demolished the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and looked as though they were set for a dynasty, coming in to the season as heavy favorites. However, despite retaining most of their defensive core and having an extra year of experience for superstar quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have struggled at times and are no longer the odds on favorite.
The Denver Broncos have spent this season alternating between being unbeatable and being underwhelming. Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning has been good but not consistently great, and their defense has been hit or miss. However, their run game has developed into one of the best in football and Manning is still Manning, so you could never count the Broncos out. Like the Seahawks, the longer the season has gone, the better their value as a Super Bowl bet has gotten, and they are currently at 9/2.
The rest of the league has been no less unpredictable than the two big dogs. The Green Bay Packers started the season in a tailspin, with star quarterback and current MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers telling the fan base to relax. But now the Pack have won five straight, blowing teams out by an average of 27 points, and sit alone as the new Super Bowl betting favorite. Similarly, the New England Patriots went from speculation that it was the end of the line for sure-fire future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to winning eight of their last nine games, with their only loss coming at the hands of the Packers. If the Patriots are your Super Bowl XLIX pick, you better bet on them now because their odds might change.
Aside from the four favorites, there are other teams that could make an unexpected run, including the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles, the high-octane Indianapolis Colts (led by Andrew Luck – another MVP candidate), the surprising Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. If you’re looking for long shots to bet on, the Baltimore Ravens are currently 33/1 to win the Super Bowl. However, they do have a Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback and an easy schedule to finish the season.
The road to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona looks wide open. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just wondering how to bet on the Super Bowl, you’re right where you need to be. Get into the action, make your Super Bowl bet with Bovada Futures and strap in for a wild ride.
*odds as of December 12, 2014