The NFL season continues to roll along with 50% behind us and the snow and cold weather on the way.
With its convincing win over the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots have moved back up the odds boards for the Super Bowl.
While New England jumped to second from fourth on the futures odds board for the Super Bowl on Bovada and sportsbook.com, after their rout of Denver 43-21 at home, Denver held its spot on the board as the Super Bowl favorite.
With the loss, Denver’s odds were increased to 7 to 2 from 9 to 4 on betonline and topbet.
New England is now at 5 to 1 and has moved past the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers even though odds makers shortened the number for Green Bay this week.
The numbers on the futures board as well as in the standings in the NFL suggest just one thing – parity. At this point, parity is at its season high with eight teams sitting at 12 to 1 or lower after half the season has been played.
Amongst those eight teams are the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts. Both teams won their respective games during Week 9 on the road. Arizona currently holds the best record in the league at an impressive 7-1.
On the other hand, both the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers were handed losses at home over the past weekend.
With half the NFL season left to play, the odds boards could look much different at season’s end. Teams will continue to battle for their respective division titles or a spot in the postseason through a wildcard.
Injuries will continue to play a key role in how teams fare moving forward. Last week Tony Romo was sidelined due to a pair of fractures in his back. His status for this week for the Cowboys game at Wembley Stadium in London, England is not known.
Below are the futures odds for the NFL Super Bowl on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona
Super Bowl 49 Odds
DENVER BRONCOS 7 to 2
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 5 to 1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 7 to 1
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7 to 1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 10 to 1
ARIZONA CARDINALS 10 to 1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 12 to 1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12 to 1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 20 to 1
DETROIT LIONS 20 to 1
Super Bowl Conference Odds and Point Total
AFC -1.5 vs. NFC