The focus for NFL fans is on this weekend’s divisional round, but bettors are already looking ahead to the 2014 Super Bowl and the wagers that will cost them dearly.
With overrated teams like the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints seeing heavy action as gamblers look to ride with the underdog, those looking to make safe bets should stay far away from these current odds.
Here is all the latest betting information for the Super Bowl and the bets to avoid at all costs.
|San Francisco 49ers||5/1|
|New England Patriots||8/1|
|New Orleans Saints||12/1|
|San Diego Chargers||14/1|
Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
The Indianapolis Colts stunned the Kansas City Chiefs with a 45-44 victory after coming back from 28 points down in last weekend’s Wild Card Round. There is no question that momentum is on the side of the Colts right now, but the team now must travel to New England to play the Patriots in the divisional round.
Colts QB Andrew Luck was able to lead his team to a wild victory in the team's opening game of the postseason, but his three interceptions could have easily cost the Colts a win if it wasn’t for the freakish string of injuries suffered by Kansas City.
The Chiefs let Luck and Indianapolis off the hook, but New England is a much better overall organization with a rich tradition of winning. Led by the game management of head coach Bill Belichick and his field general Brady, the Patriots will control the pace of the game and force Luck to make mistakes once again.
The Colts' best chance of winning would come against New England's struggling run defense, but the lackluster tandem of Trent Richardson and Donald Brown will not be a legitimate threat to the Patriots.
Instead of buying the hype, invest your money elsewhere.
Predicted Final Score: New England 34, Indianapolis 24
New Orleans Saints (11-5)
The New Orleans Saints have played well in 2013, but the team will run into a buzz saw in the divisional round against the Seattle Seahawks. With the Saints' well-documented struggles on the road and Seattle’s dominance at home, New Orleans will likely be heading home early.
Don’t bet on a Saints Super Bowl win in 2014.
Which team is a riskier bet?
Three losses in the last five games during the regular season—the team scored 16 or fewer points in each of those defeats—indicates that the offense can go cold. Those are the moments that the defense must step up, but there are still serious questions surrounding New Orleans’ ability to stop the Seahawks' run-first offense.
The Saints lost to Seattle in Week 13 by a score of 34-7. Fans should expect a much better showing from a New Orleans team looking for redemption, but the franchise doesn’t possess the talent on either side of the ball to hang with the Seahawks in the divisional round.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 31, New Orleans 27
*All stats via NFL.com.