Super Bowl Betting

Packers, Patriots Co-Favorites for Super Bowl 50

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) didn't even play in Week 4, but once the dust settled, the Patriots were +350 co-favorites to defend their championship at Super Bowl 50. The Green Bay Packers (4-0 SU and ATS) still have a share of the lead after beating the San Francisco 49ers 17-3 as 9-point road favorites (–115).

Thanks to a brilliant defensive play by safety Kam Chancellor and a blown call by the referees, the Seattle Seahawks held firm as the No. 3 favorites on the Super Bowl 50 odds list. They survived the Detroit Lions (+10 away) 13-10 to sit at +700 in the futures market. Running back Marshawn Lynch missed Sunday night's game with a tender hamstring; he might be ready for Week 5, but given Seattle's porous offensive line, it might not matter who's in the backfield this year.

Here are the Top 10 teams on the Super Bowl 50 futures market at press time:


Green Bay Packers     +350
New England Patriots  +350
Seattle Seahawks         +700
Denver Broncos           +1000
Cincinnati Bengals     +1500
Arizona Cardinals +1800
Atlanta Falcons +1800
Indianapolis Colts         +2000
Carolina Panthers +3300
New York Giants +3300

All six of the teams who made it through Week 4 undefeated are on the list. The Panthers (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) have the longest odds of the six; they're in an NFC South dogfight this year with the Falcons (4-0 SU and ATS), who have been the more impressive of the two teams so far. The Broncos needed some defensive magic to go 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS. Their offensive line has its own issues to solve.

The Bengals (4-0 SU and ATS) keep chugging along after yet another impressive victory, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 36-21 as 4-point home favorites (–105). Andy Dalton looks like one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, but can he find success in the playoffs? Cincinnati has lost four straight AFC Wild Card Games at 0-4 ATS since Dalton took over for Carson Palmer in 2011.

Tough Luck

Speaking of Palmer, he and the Arizona Cardinals suffered their first loss of the 2015 season, falling 24-22 to the St. Louis Rams (+8, –115 away). Running back Andre Ellington was a late scratch for the Cards with a strained PCL, but he's expected to return soon, and left guard Mike Iupati (knee) was able to make the start in Week 4. With Iupati in the fold, Arizona (3-1 SU and ATS) figures to have much better Super Bowl value than the Seahawks (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS) at this point.

The Colts have had a rough start to the season. They needed some good fortune to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-13 in overtime, dropping the cash as 4-point home favorites (–125) to “improve” to 2-2 SU and 0-4 ATS on the season. Quarterback Andrew Luck missed the game for Indianapolis with a sore shoulder. Luck is expected to play in Week 5, but the Colts need better protection on the offensive line if they're going to have any shot at winning Super Bowl 50.


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*Odds as of October 6th, 2015