Super Bowl Odds 2013: Power Ranking Teams That'll Give Most Bang for Your Buck

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Super Bowl Odds 2013: Power Ranking Teams That'll Give Most Bang for Your Buck
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The Denver Broncos are rightfully favored to win the Super Bowl, but that doesn't make them a good bet. 

Peyton Manning and the Broncos have won 11 games in a row and are a true power. However, the Broncos are checking in with plus-225 odds, and that's just not worth it. 

The playoffs are too unpredictable, and these teams are too closely bunched. This is going to be a wild finish, which has me looking towards teams with higher odds and bigger payouts. 

So, check out the full odds, and then we'll get into the best value bets in these playoffs. 

 

Super Bowl Winner Odds (according to Bet Online on Jan. 1)

Denver Broncos +225

New England Patriots +450

San Francisco 49ers +575

Atlanta Falcons +700

Green Bay Packers +800

Washington Redskins +800

Seattle Seahawks +850

Houston Texans +1100

Baltimore Ravens +2000

Cincinnati Bengals +3950

Minnesota Vikings +4000

Indianapolis Colts +5000

 

Cincinnati Bengals +3950

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We've all heard it time and time again: defense wins championships. Well the Bengals' defense is playing as good as anyone in the league.

Cincinnati is 12th in rushing and seventh in passing in terms of yards allowed, but this defense got off to a slow start. They've had it dialed in the last half of the season.

Over its last eight games, Cincinnati has allowed an average of just 12.8 points per game. In only three of those eight games did the Bengals allow the opposition to gain over 300 yards. 

The Bengals' dominance starts with an amazing defensive line. Led by Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson, the Bengals can disrupt the run game and put heavy pressure on the passer without having to send extra defenders. 

This isn't a flashy, high-powered offense of many of these teams, but with that defense, they don't need it. At such long odds, this dark horse could pay off in a big way. 


Green Bay Packers +800

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Compared to last year's 15-1 run through the regular season, the Packers are flying under the radar, and they narrowly missed out on a first-round bye with their loss in Week 17 to the Vikings.

However, this is a talented team with a host of players that know how to put on a run through the playoffs and emerge as champions.

This bet provides solid value for one huge reason: Aaron Rodgers.

The defending MVP is playing amazing football right now. In his last three games, Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. His receivers are finally healthy and the offensive line is giving him some time to throw the ball. As a result, Rodgers is putting up amazing numbers, and he gives this team a great chance to win every time he steps onto the field.

The Packers' defense fizzled last week while allowing 37 points to the Vikings, but in the four games leading up to that one, it had not allowed more than 20 points.

With Rodgers leading the offense, the defense isn't going to have to be great; it simply has to get a few key stops and watch the offense handle the rest. 


San Francisco 49ers +575

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An easy case can be made for the 49ers being the favorite in these playoffs. After all, the Patriots have the second-lowest odds and the Niners just beat them in New England. 

What is really holding the 49ers back is their inconsistency, and it is a legitimate concern. The Niners haven't won three straight games all season, and as it just so happens, it will take them three wins to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. 

However, San Francisco is a playoff-tested group, and it has been gearing up for this postseason all year.

They are obviously in danger of suffering from the inexperience that Colin Kaepernick brings to the quarterback position, but he is surrounded by experience. Also, he is not going to have to carry this team. 

The 49ers can play defense and run the ball. That is a recipe for success, and it makes this a solid bet. 

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