Nevada oddsmaker lists Seahawks as Super Bowl favorites
According to one major Nevada oddsmaking firm, there are two teams and everyone else when it comes to Super Bowl contenders.
In odds released Tuesday, William Hill U.S. lists the Seahawks as 9-to-5 favorites to capture Super Bowl XLVIII in February. Interestingly enough, Seattle’s odds have fallen from a week ago, even after a surprising home loss to Arizona.
The Seahawks, who were 2-to-1 favorites last week, can clinch homefield advantage the NFC playoffs with a win Sunday vs. St. Louis or a loss by San Francisco at Arizona.
The AFC-leading Broncos have the second-shortest Super Bowl odds at 9-to-4. The Broncos have long been a short price to win the Super Bowl; William Hill listed them at around 2-to-1 as early as the beginning of October.
The only other teams with odds of less than 10-to-1 are the 49ers (13-to-2) and Panthers (9-to-1).
The next tier of contenders on an odds basis includes the Patriots (10-to-1), Bengals (18-to-1), Saints (20-to-1), Eagles (20-to-1) and Chiefs (22-to-1).
The Packers and Colts are next at 30-to-1. Green Bay plays at Chicago (50-to-1) for the NFC North title on Sunday. Indianapolis already has a playoff spot secured.
Even longer shots are the Ravens (60-to-1), Cowboys (60-to-1), Cardinals (75-to-1), Chargers (75-to-1) and Dolphins (80-to-1). Dallas can earn a playoff spot with a win vs. Philadelphia on Sunday, but the status of quarterback Tony Romo is uncertain. The other clubs need a win and assistance from other teams to get into the postseason.
The longest shot left on the board is 100-to-1 Pittsburgh, which needs a victory vs. Cleveland on Sunday and losses by Baltimore, San Diego and Miami to make the playoffs to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year.