Which Super Bowl Odds Have Vegas Completely Botched for the 2012 NFL Season?
For many of you out there, the National Football League and gambling are two things that are always paired together.
When it comes to gambling, there isn't anything much more exciting than betting on football games each Sunday. If you ask me, I'd much rather place a few bets on a Sunday afternoon than go and play the slots—it's much more worth the money.
With that being said, let's take a look at the Super Bowl odds for the entire league, and look at the ones that Las Vegas has completely botched for the 2012 NFL season.
The Super Bowl Odds
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Before we get into it, let's take a look at the odds for each team—courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook.
- Green Bay Packers 6/1
- New England Patriots 13/2
- San Francisco 49ers 10/1
- Philadelphia Eagles 12/1
- Houston Texans 14/1
- Denver Broncos 15/1
- Baltimore Ravens 16/1
- Chicago Bears 16/1
- Pittsburgh Steelers 16/1
- Dallas Cowboys 18/1
- New Orleans Saints 18/1
- New York Giants 18/1
- Detroit Lions 20/1
- Atlanta Falcons 25/1
- New York Jets 25/1
- San Diego Chargers 25/1
- Carolina Panthers 35/1
- Cincinnati Bengals 40/1
- Kansas City Chiefs 45/1
- Arizona Cardinals 50/1
- Buffalo Bills 50/1
- Miami Dolphins 50/1
- Seattle Seahawks 50/1
- Tennessee Titans 50/1
- Washington Redskins 50/1
- Oakland Raiders 65/1
- St. Louis Rams 75/1
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 75/1
- Indianapolis Colts 100/1
- Jacksonville Jaguars 150/1
- Minnesota Vikings 150/1
- Cleveland Browns 200/1
Now which odds do I feel that Vegas has botched?
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It really doesn't make too much sense to me why the Buffalo Bills are in the same category as the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins with 50/1 odds.
If you ask me, the Bills are a much more talented team than those mentioned.
At the start of the 2011 NFL season, Buffalo was one of the top teams in the league, posting a 5-2 record entering Week 9. However, the injury bug simply bit them really hard as they ended up losing eight out of their last nine games.
The Bills didn't lose any real pieces this offseason; instead, they only added players like Mario Williams, Mark Anderson and Stephon Gilmore.
I don't see Buffalo winning the Super Bowl at all in 2012, but it deserves to be a little higher than the category that it's in right now.
New York Giants
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Really? The reigning Super Bowl champions are in the same tier as the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys? That doesn't make any sense at all.
Yes, I realize that it's incredibly hard to repeat as Super Bowl champs, but this Giants team is almost the same roster entering 2012 but with a few new pieces.
However, the Giants weren't all that dominant in 2011. They simply got hot, and I mean really hot, at the right time last season.
I wouldn't say that New York is the favorite to win it all again, but it deserves to be at least 15/1 odds rather than 18/1.
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How are the Carolina Panthers favored more to win the Super Bowl than the Cincinnati Bengals?
Granted, both teams are extremely young and filled with talent, but there's just one thing that separates the two substantially—the Bengals were a playoff team in 2011.
The Bengals, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, should only improve heading forward, as they're such a young and talented team with a ton of upside.
It just really bothers me to see a team that went 6-10 a year ago with 35/1 odds, while a team that made the playoffs a year ago has 40/1 odds.
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So apparently the Denver Broncos are the sixth-most-likely team to win Super Bowl XLVII—I don't agree with that at all. That would suggest that the Broncos are the sixth-best team in the NFL.
Do you agree with that statement? I most definitely do not.
Peyton Manning simply isn't going to turn the Broncos into an elite team overnight—and we don't even know if Manning is fully recovered from his neck injury for that matter.
Yes, the Broncos should be a playoff team in 2012—I do believe that they'll make a run for the AFC West divisional crown. But do I see them as Super Bowl favorites? Absolutely not.
My Way-Too-Early Super Bowl Prediction
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Until I see something that will force me to think otherwise, I believe that the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will square off in Super Bowl XLVII, with the Patriots winning.
The Patriots are the reigning AFC champs, and I don't see too many teams that can really stand in their way of winning the AFC yet again. The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans are all great teams, but the Patriots are just on another level—mostly because of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
As for the Eagles, I think that they're the most talented team at nearly every single position entering the preseason. Philadelphia obviously had a down year this past season, as it posted a mediocre 8-8 record. But I see things changing around significantly in 2012.
It simply comes down to this: Philadelphia is the most talented team in the NFC—or at least on paper, for that matter.
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