Super Bowl 50: Vegas Says There Is No Favorite
Super Bowl 50 is barely a month away. While the New England Patriots have the best odds to win their fifth championship, Vegas reckons that the NFC has the best shot at producing the winner.Advertisement
According to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and defending champions Patriots are joint favorites at 9-2. While the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are next at 5-1, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been given the next best odds at 8-1.
This is the most open playing field in a long time. Going by regular season form, many pundits reckon this could be the year the Panthers bring home their first-ever Super Bowl title. However, their lack of experience in big playoff moments could cost them down the stretch.
Super Bowl 50: a lot of money riding on Seahawks
The bottom line: Current Super Bowl line at Westgate is NFC -1 with the total at 51.5 points. Incidentally at Westgate, more money has been bet on the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl than any other team. The Patriots are second on the list. Clearly, the oddsmarkers’ word isn’t influencing the bettors, who are expecting a major upset on the cards.
The Patriots (12-4) blew a golden opportunity to get the No 1 overall seed in the AFC Playoffs and secure a home-field advantage. Patriots have still secured early home-field advantage. If Cincinnati Bengals beat Steelers in the wild card round, the Pats will host the Bengals. If Steelers win, however, the Patriots will host the winner of Kansas City and Houston. However, the Pats would be playing elsewhere for the rest of the postseason. Will playing the games on the road affect Tom Brady & Co?
Last January, the Patriots opened the season at 6-1 odds. During the course of the Deflategate controversy, they dropped to 8-1, before slipping to 9-2 as of Monday.
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