Odds makers have updated their Super Bowl futures after Week 14. With Rob Gronkowski suffering a season ending injury, the New England Patriots have seen their chances of going to the Super Bowl drop in the eyes of bookmakers.
Just last week the Patriots were at 6 to 1 to win the Vince Lombardi trophy, but on Bovada to start this week New England was 8 to 1. That was prior to a last second win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday and confirmation that tight end Gronkowski did tear his ACL in the game.
After the confirmation that Gronkowski is out for the season, sites such as topbet, betonline and sportsbooks.com all lowered the Patriots again to 10 to 1.
Bovada also has the Patriots at 10 to 1 and said the loss of the talented tight end gives them little chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl.
Most sports writers agree with the assessment of sports books saying that with Gronkowski missing the first six games to begin the season shows just how much his absence will impact Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots offense going forward. Without the tight end, the Patriots were No. 22 in scoring offense, while with him playing were No. 2 trailing on Denver.
With Gronk in the lineup, Tom Brady has another target to go to in pressure situations and that made New England a legitimate threat to play in and win Super 48. That is despite all the problems they have faced all season with injuries at wide receiver.
Cincinnati meanwhile is only a game behind the Patriots in the AFC for the No. 2 seed. The Bengals have the tiebreaker over New England as they defeated the Patriots in Week 5. Cincinnati is now 12 to 1 to lift the Lombardi Trophy jumping for last week’s 20 to 1.
In the NFC, Philadelphia, which has won five consecutive games, leapfrogged the inconsistent Dallas Cowboys on the futures board for Bovada. The Eagles are ahead in the NFC East by one game over the Cowboys and the two play in Dallas in the regular season finale in three weeks.
Odds makers have the Super Bowl as a pick ‘em between the NFC and AFC Champions, with a point total currently of 49.5
The Top Five to win the Super Bowl are:
New Orleans 7-1
San Francisco 8-1
New England 10-1