After the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, it would stand to reason that the wise guys in Las Vegas would lean toward Baltimore to win the championship again next season. Not so fast.
When the initial 2014 lines were released today, the Broncos are the favorites to win Super Bowl 48.
Oddsshark.com lists the Broncos as 7-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl next season along with San Francisco.
Top Five Super Bowl Favorites (OddsShark)
Denver Broncos 7-1
San Francisco 49ers 7-1
New England Patriots 15-2
Green Bay Packers 10-1
Baltimore Ravens 12-1
Similarly, MGM Race and Sports book in Las Vegas puts the Broncos as co-favorites at 5-1 odds along with the 49ers, as published by the Denver Post.
Top Five Super Bowl Favorites (MGM)
Denver Broncos 5-1
San Francisco 49ers 5-1
New England Patriots 7-1
Green Bay Packers 7-1
Seattle Seahawks 10-1
The AFC is still favored over the NFC next season, starting off as a three-point favorite.
As for the rest of the AFC West, MGM lists San Diego’s odds to win it all at 30-1, Oakland at 100-1 and Kansas City at 150-1.
This is all a bit of positive news for Broncos fans. But ultimately, what does being favored to win the Super Bowl next season really mean for Denver?
The Green Bay Packers entered this season as favorites to win Super Bowl XLVII, according to footballlocks.com’s historical odds figures, but ended their season with a Divisional Playoff loss to the eventual NFC champion 49ers.
In the 2011 season, the Packers and the New England Patriots were co-favorites with 7-1 odds. New England did make the big game, losing Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants, who defeated the Packers 37-20 in the divisional round.
In 2010, the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts were favored to win it all at 6-1. The Colts lost 17-16 in a Wild Card Playoff hosted in Indy, which turned out to be Manning’s last game played in a Colts jersey.
In 2009, New England was favored to win that season’s Super Bowl with 8-1 odds. The Patriots lost 33-14 at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the wild card round.
The Patriots were also an 8-1 favorite in 2008. New England lost starting quarterback Tom Brady with a knee injury in the season opener, but finished 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center. However, they failed to make the playoffs, becoming the first team since the 1985 Denver Broncos to miss the playoffs with an 11-5 record.
So the Broncos’ favored odds for next season actually mean little else than a good shot to make the playoffs for the third-straight season. After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
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