Super Bowl Odds 2012: Latest Predictions for Remaining 8 Teams

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 12, 2012

Super Bowl Odds 2012: Latest Predictions for Remaining 8 Teams

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    The Super Bowl XLVI futures market has been very active over the past three days, and some serious action has landed squarely on the higher-priced underdogs.

    Cantor Gaming of Las Vegas sent out the Denver Broncos at betting odds of 60/1 after their 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as 7.5-point home underdogs, but that number has been sliced in half.

    Let's take a closer look at the divisional round from a betting perspective.

Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos dropped a 41-23 decision to the New England Patriots as seven-point home underdogs in Week 15, as they head to Foxborough with revenge on their minds.

    A straight-up victory is almost out of the question due to the Patriots winning 19 of their last 20 games when playing as a home favorite of 10.5 to 14 points.

    Las Vegas has established the Broncos as 13-point road underdogs.

    The journey ends here.

    Super Bowl Odds: 30/1

Houston Texans

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    The Houston Texans know they're underdogs against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday inside M&T Bank Stadium, especially after suffering a 29-14 loss inside the venue during the regular season on Oct. 16.

    Texans running back Arian Foster will need to rush for more than 49 yards the second time around but faces a defense that ranked second in the NFL in allowing just 92.6 rushing yards per game.

    Houston is currently a 7.5-point road underdog in this contest in most spots, which spells trouble for the franchise due to posting a 2-13 record when getting 7.5 to 10 points.

    Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

New York Giants

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    The New York Giants came away with a convincing 24-2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons as three-point home favorites during the Wild-Card Weekend, which sets up a highly anticipated affair with the Green Bay Packers.

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning definitely gives the team a shot, bringing in a 4-1 record on the road during the postseason.

    Not out of the question.

    Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

San Francisco 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers will certainly enter this game with a chip on their shoulder after being sent out as 3.5-point home underdogs against the New Orleans Saints during their bye week.

    First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh will have the locker room ready to defend its home turf, posting a 7-1 record inside Candlestick Park during the regular season.

    I'm not a buyer in the long run, but I'll be expecting the 49ers to improve upon their 7-0-1 against-the-spread home record on Saturday.

    Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

Baltimore Ravens

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    The Baltimore Ravens certainly have the makeup to earn a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis next month, but quarterback Joe Flacco will need to avoid making mistakes.

    Posting an unblemished 3-0 record when coming off a bye week the last two-plus seasons, will help the Ravens earn a likely trip to Foxborough in the AFC championship game.

    Super Bowl Odds: 6/1

New Orleans Saints

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    The New Orleans Saints are the only road favorites during the divisional round, which could be a road block in potentially reaching the NFC championship game.

    Quarterback Drew Brees has this team peaking at the right time, winning nine games in a row in straight-up and against-the-spread fashion.

    My pick to win it all from the beginning.

    Super Bowl Odds: 3/1

New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots possessed home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs a year ago, only to be bounced in the divisional round by the New York Jets.

    Quarterback Tom Brady passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the earlier meeting, while the running game gained 141 yards on 36 carries.

    The current betting odds are already anticipating a Patriots' victory this weekend.

    Super Bowl Odds: 5/2

Green Bay Packers

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    The Green Bay Packers will host an NFC playoff game inside Lambeau Field for the first time since the 2007 campaign, as they spent last year's Super Bowl run on the road.

    Facing the New York Giants in the playoffs is nothing new, holding a 4-2 advantage in games played after the regular season.

    Green Bay is 3-0 in the divisional round when coming off a first-round bye and registered a perfect 6-0 mark versus playoff teams this year.

    The favorite from the beginning.

    Super Bowl Odds: 9/5