NFL Playoff Bracket 2013: Super Bowl Odds for All 12 Teams
After 17 weeks of NFL football, the playoff field is finally set, and the oddsmakers have settled on their favorites.
It's no surprise that the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are being given the best odds to win, but just how far behind are the rest of the eight teams?
We'll fill you in on the odds being given to all 12 teams, along with our thoughts as to why they're being given those odds.
We know from experience that long odds don't equate to certain doom, so carefully weigh your options before making your bets.
Note: All betting information courtesy of BetVega.com.
Minnesota Vikings, 50:1
It's no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are being given the longest odds to win Super Bowl XLVII.
It's a young team with a subpar young quarterback, but the way they've been coming on of late, I wouldn't put it past the Vikings to win a game or two and wreck another team's chances at winning the big game.
Adrian Peterson came within nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, and he'll get another crack at the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round—the same team he's gashed for a total of 409 yards and two touchdowns the past two games.
If the Vikings can continue getting stellar play from the big men up front, they'll have a chance to do some damage, though it would shock everyone to see this team win it all.
Indianapolis Colts, 50:1
As it is with the Minnesota Vikings, it's no surprise that the Indianapolis Colts are being given long odds to win the Super Bowl this season.
In fact, it's a miracle this team won 11 games, given the fact that it won only two a year ago, started a rookie quarterback who played without the benefit of a running game (No. 22 in the NFL) or strong offensive line (allowed 40 sacks) and features a defense that ranks No. 26 in the NFL.
Chuck Pagano is coming back after missing most of the season while fighting and eventually beating leukemia, but the playoffs are about more than just emotional momentum.
The Colts need to execute in all three phases of the game, and they'll be hard pressed to execute at the same level as teams like the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots—especially on the road. That said, this young team is starting to surge at just the right time and could make things interesting.
Cincinnati Bengals, 40:1
The Cincinnati Bengals feature one of the most impressive young defenses in the NFL, but it's going to be tough for this team to get to the Super Bowl—let alone win it—given their struggles on offense on the road.
And as they're the No. 6 seed in the AFC, every game they play will be contested on foreign soil, so to speak.
Andy Dalton has been much more prone to interceptions away from home in 2012, throwing 10 picks in eight road games compared to just six at home. This has been partly due to the fact that BenJarvus Green-Ellis hasn't had as much success on the ground in those games, rushing for 3.7 yards per carry, compared to 4.3 yards per carry at home.
The Bengals will hit the road to face the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round, and it's not likely they'll make it into the divisional round—let alone get all the way to New Orleans to play in Super Bowl XLVII.
Washington Redskins, 22:1
Robert Griffin III has the Washington Redskins believing they can win it all, but it's going to be tough to get through the NFC heavyweights, especially on the road.
The Redskins will host the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round, in what should be one of the most intriguing matchups of Wild Card Weekend. Two rookie quarterbacks will battle it out, and both of them have been playing exceptionally well in the second half of the season.
The Redskins have some major issues to overcome to get to the Super Bowl—the main one being that the defense is prone to getting torched by elite passing attacks. The 'Skins rank No. 30 in the NFL in pass defense, which puts pressure on the offense to perform at a high level every week.
An elite defense that can shut down Alfred Morris and the rushing attack could force RG3 into some costly interceptions if Washington starts falling behind, and it would surprise me if the Redskins make it past the divisional round, as a result.
Baltimore Ravens, 18:1
There was once a time when the Baltimore Ravens were among the heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl on a yearly basis—the key word there being "was."
The Ravens don't feature a dominant defense as they did in days past (No. 20 in the NFL), and Joe Flacco hasn't taken the necessary steps to become the "elite" quarterback the Ravens need him to be to run a pass-happy offense.
Flacco's struggles on the road (seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of just 75.4) make a Ravens Super Bowl win seem even more unlikely. After the Wild Card Round, the Ravens will likely need to win two road games against top seeds to get to New Orleans in February.
The one thing the Ravens have going for them is that Ray Lewis will be returning to the lineup, and his presence in the team's defensive huddle may help to galvanize a unit that's been abused all year long—especially on the ground.
Seattle Seahawks, 9:1
If the Seattle Seahawks were a higher seed, they'd be given better odds to win the Super Bowl.
There hasn't been a hotter team in the NFL in the month of December than Pete Carroll's crew. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been playing as well or better than the game's greats during the team's latest surge, throwing seven touchdown passes and two interceptions, while rushing for four more scores in his past four games.
Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch has been running the ball better than any NFL running back not named Adrian Peterson in 2012, and the team's defense is among the best in the league.
Still, the Seahawks won only three games on the road in 2012. As a No. 5 seed, they won't likely host a game in the playoffs, and until they prove they can win games against tough teams away from home, their latest hot streak won't stop people from doubting.
San Francisco 49ers, 15:2
If Justin Smith can block out the pain, play through his partially torn triceps injury and manage to not damage it further, the San Francisco 49ers have as good a shot as any team to win Super Bowl XLVII.
If Smith can't stay in the lineup, the pressure falls on second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick to pick up the pace on offense and score more points, because when Smith's out of the game, the 49ers defense isn't nearly as effective.
In the six quarters Smith missed against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers defense allowed 11 points, 125.5 yards and eight first downs...per quarter (h/t San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch).
And with the team's recent injuries to Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham, it'll be up to Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis to make the most of their opportunities on offense, and it'll be up to Greg Roman to make sure he doesn't abandon the running game.
The 49ers still feature one of the most complete teams in the NFL, but the team's recent rash of injuries makes a Super Bowl victory more daunting a task than if it were heading into the playoffs with a healthy roster.
Houston Texans, 7:1
As well as the Houston Texans played all year, this team has backed its way into the playoffs, losing three of its last four games.
Furthermore, the defense has proven to be extremely vulnerable to a strong passing attack, as we saw against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 and a few other times in 2012. For the season, the Texans rank No. 16 in the NFL in pass defense, allowing more than 228 yards per game.
Matt Schaub will need to be sharp, and Arian Foster will need to pick up the pace a bit once the postseason rolls around, because the Texans defense is liable to get lit up like a Christmas tree against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
The only way I see the Texans winning the Super Bowl this season is if J.J. Watt morphs into a a combination of Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor and "Mean" Joe Greene and goes for five sacks a game.
Atlanta Falcons, 7:1
The Atlanta Falcons can't seem to shake the "bust" label in the playoffs.
This team won 13 games in 2012, but most experts aren't convinced it will win a single game in the postseason.
Perhaps it's because the Falcons barely beat the Oakland Raiders earlier this year or because they barely got past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 and then lost to them in Week 17 at home.
Or perhaps it's because the Falcons will live and die by the right arm of Matt Ryan, and he's yet to win a single playoff game in his career.
Whatever the reasons, the Falcons have a lot to prove this January, and it'll be interesting to see how this team responds to the pressure of being the NFC's No. 1 seed.
Green Bay Packers, 6:1
The Green Bay Packers may have the right ingredients to win another Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning has been getting all the press for the league MVP trophy, but after watching Aaron Rodgers continue finding ways to win without his top players, without a running game (No. 20 in the NFL) and without pass protection (51 sacks, most for any quarterback in the league), it's hard to say Manning deserves it more.
After starting out the season 2-3, the Packers have won nine of 11, and it's important to remember they should have won in Seattle when the replacement refs blew that Hail Mary call.
Clay Matthews is back, and he makes all the difference in the world to this defense. If he can continue getting back to playing like he did before his injury, the Packers have a chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII.
New England Patriots, 19:4
Some fans may be worried that the New England Patriots were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15, but there's nothing more scary for the rest of the AFC than a dissatisfied Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Brady is working with a running game for the first time in years, too, and his offense has put up more points than any other team in the NFL in 2012. The return of Rob Gronkowski to the team's offense will only add fuel to the fire.
The Pats don't feature a dominant defense, but given the way the offense puts up points, the defense only needs to be competent, which it is.
The Patriots finished the season with a 28-0 shutout at home against the Miami Dolphins, earning themselves a first-round bye in the process. They'll be at home until at least the AFC Championship Game, and it'll likely be a Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup to see who gets to go to Super Bowl XLVII.
Denver Broncos, 4:1
There isn't a team in the NFL that looks more ready to win Super Bowl XLVII than the Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning has the offense clicking on all cylinders, Von Miller and his mates are playing as well as any defense in the NFL, and the team has won 11 straight games.
Even Knowshon Moreno is playing well, and it seems like the only thing that could derail the Broncos is a rash of injuries to key players.
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