The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in sports each year, and the frenzy over wagering on the 2014 edition of the game has bettors everywhere checking the latest odds heading into the divisional round.
With eight of the best teams in the NFL going to war for the right to earn a berth in their respective conference championships, the talk about which teams have the right mixture of talent and momentum to contend for a title has bettors looking to place their wagers.
Here are the latest odds for each remaining team and the smartest investments.
|Latest 2014 Super Bowl Odds|
|San Francisco 49ers||5-1|
|New England Patriots||8-1|
|New Orleans Saints||12-1|
|San Diego Chargers||14-1|
The Safest Bet: Denver Broncos at 13-5
Led by former Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos came into the postseason as the favorites to win the Super Bowl. While the Seattle Seahawks have surpassed them in the odds as the favorites, the Broncos are still the most talented team in the league.
Denver’s defense is not great, allowing 24.9 points per game, but the No. 1 offensive unit in the league has the ability to put up big numbers against any defense. The Broncos finished first in points per game (37.9), yards per game (457.3) and total touchdowns (76).
Add in Peyton’s postseason experience and the raw talent around him, and it’s clear to see Denver is a favorite to win the Super Bowl. The team is also a wise investment at 13-5 odds.
There are few times when a team is this much better than the rest of the competition in one phase of the game, and that’s the case with the Broncos defense. If you are looking to place a safe wager with favorable odds, ride with Denver.
The Ultimate Risk/Reward Bet: Carolina Panthers 11-1
The history of football tells us that defensive teams that run the football consistently have the best chance of winning the Super Bowl. While the Carolina Panthers don’t have the experience many other teams possess, the roster is full of talented payers.
Carolina is a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl this season.
The Panthers stunned the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 to keep the hopes of winning the division alive, and the team was able to pull out another hard-fought victory against a tenacious Atlanta Falcons team to seal a bye week and a home playoff game.
Carolina has won 12 of the last 13 games on the schedule, including a previous victory over the same San Francisco 49ers team the Panthers will play in the divisional round.
San Francisco has a tough defense, but the elite rushing attack led by running back DeAngelo Williams and dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton will keep Carolina in control of the clock and the tempo of the game.
If the Panthers get past the 49ers, the odds of reaching the Super Bowl climb exponentially. Of all the odds on the board, this is the investment with the best chance of paying off big.
*All stats via NFL.com.