The Seattle Seahawks left the Denver Broncos in the dust to win the last Super Bowl, but they remain a step behind them in Super Bowl XLIX future odds.
With the 2014 NFL regular season just a week away, the Broncos sit as favorites at most sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark, with odds of 6-1. They will once again be led by quarterback Peyton Manning, who is also a favorite on an odds list. He is pegged as a 7-2 favorite to win NFL MVP honors.
It was a roller-coaster 2013 regular season for Manning and the Broncos, who compiled an NFL-best 13-3 record.
The defending champion Seahawks have closed the gap on the Broncos in Super Bowl betting, with odds of 13-2. Seattle was briefly ranked fourth in Super Bowl odds but has improved following a pair of decisive preseason wins over the San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears.
The Broncos and the Seahawks will clash in Week 3 in one of the most highly anticipated games of the upcoming season.
The New England Patriots start 2014 in a familiar position among the favorites in Super Bowl futures. After claiming their 11th AFC East title in 13 years last season, the Pats are heavy 1-3 favorites to finish atop their division and remain steady as a 7-1 Super Bowl bet.
Seattle’s divisional archrivals, the San Francisco 49ers, join the favorites. The Niners, who finished 2013 at 11-5 in the NFC West, a game behind the Seahawks, open the 2014 season with 15-2 odds.
The Green Bay Packers struggled to an 8-7-1 record last season following an injury to QB Aaron Rodgers, which kept him sidelined for seven weeks. However, with Rodgers back at the helm, the Packers sport solid Super Bowl odds of 10-1.
Rodgers starts the season behind only Manning in NFL MVP betting, with odds of 5-1, and is an 11-2 bet to win 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. The Packers open the season Thursday at Seattle in a rematch of the controversial touchdown-not-a-touchdown match from 2012.
The New Orleans Saints round out the top tier of Super Bowl betting favorites with odds of 12-1.
New Orleans, who finished second in the NFC South last season with an 11-5 record, will once again look to QB Drew Brees to drive an offense that was second only to the Broncos in passing yards. Brees sits third in MVP betting, behind Manning and Rodgers, with odds of 8-1, and sportsbooks set 4,900 as the over-under on his passing yards for the season.
Stats and odds courtesy of Odds Shark, quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.