Super Bowl Odds: New England Patriots Remain Favorites

Super Bowl Odds: New England Patriots are favorites

As we continue through the summer, the days left until the start of the 2016 NFL season are mercifully starting to dwindle. We’re just six weeks away from NFL Week 1, and right now is the best time to take advantage of the superb Super Bowl odds at the sportsbooks.

Current Super Bowl Odds

New England Patriots +725
Green Bay Packers +1000
Seattle Seahawks +1000
Arizona Cardinals +1100
Carolina Panthers +1100
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Denver Broncos +1500
Dallas Cowboys +1600
Cincinnati Bengals +1800
Minnesota Vikings +2000
Kansas City Chiefs +2500
Indianapolis Colts +2500
Oakland Raiders +3000
New York Giants +3200
Baltimore Ravens +3200
Houston Texans +3700
Washington Redskins +5500
Chicago Bears +6000
Miami Dolphins +6000
Jacksonville Jaguars +6000
New York Jets +6000
Los Angeles Rams +6000
Buffalo Bills +6500
Atlanta Falcons +6500
New Orleans Saints +6500
Philadelphia Eagles +7000
Detroit Lions +7500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +8000
San Diego Chargers +8000
San Francisco 49ers +10000
Tennessee Titans +10000
Cleveland Browns +20000

(Odds courtesy as of July 31, 2016)

New England Patriots Odds

Even with the news that Tom Brady will finally accept his four-game suspension, the New England Patriots (+725) are still the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl. There have been other challengers who have gotten up towards the head of the pack, but even with the grim news out of Foxboro, the oddsmakers don’t seem bothered.

The fact of the matter, though, is that it would be incredibly shortsighted to write off Jimmy Garoppolo in these first four games of the year. New England is still very likely going to start at 3-1 and certainly no worse than 2-2 unless disaster strikes, and the rest of the AFC East still stinks. Garoppolo might still be the best starting quarterback in that division in Week 1.

Let’s Not Forget Tom Brady

Furthermore, Brady will be back in October, and that gives him plenty of time to go on an assault of the league. Would it be even remotely surprising if Brady still threw for 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in just 12 games? New England is still very likely going to have at least home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs thanks to the AFC East title, and it will probably end up getting a first round bye as well.

The Vikings and Packers Odds

The Green Bay Packers (+1000) seem to be picking up a lot of steam as well in the NFL betting lines. The Minnesota Vikings (+2000) won the NFC North last season and seem to have taken steps in the right direction this year, but they’re still not being given the same degree of respect as the Packers.

In fairness, Green Bay did end up advancing one round past the Vikes in the playoffs, and it did so in a year in which Jordy Nelson didn’t take a single meaningful snap due to injury. Parlay all of that with a paper-thin schedule, and the Packers have a real chance to have crucial home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC.

Denver Broncos Odds

Perhaps the most interesting team to try to figure out is the Denver Broncos (+1500). This team has been all over the place this year on the Super Bowl odds. They opened up as the third Super Bowl favorites to win before Brock Osweiler tested free agency and ultimately landed in Houston, but even after that happened, most assumed that John Elway would go out and find himself a quarterback.

Except for one big problem. He hasn’t. Now, Denver is left with Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemien and Paxton Lynch to recycle through under center. The rest of this team screams Super Bowl. The quarterback play closely resembles that of the Cleveland Browns over the course of the last two decades.

If quarterback whisperer Gary Kubiak can figure this all out, the Broncos can be dangerous. Without competent quarterback play, though, Denver could easily win just five or six games and be nowhere near justified as one of the Top 10 NFL picks.

What impact will Tom Brady’s suspension have on the Patriots’ 2016 season? Read Tom Brady Accepts Deflategate Suspension, Patriots Season Win Total Drops

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