2011 Super Bowl Odds: Every Team's Chance Heading into Week 15

Jeff GrantContributor IDecember 13, 2011

2011 Super Bowl Odds: Every Team's Chance Heading into Week 15

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    The Super Bowl futures market still has 22 of 32 teams available to wager on in Las Vegas, as I'll be using betting odds from Cantor Gaming for this week's article surrounding an always important topic in town.

    Casual bettors are starting to throw some money in the Denver Broncos direction due to their six-game winning streak, causing their odds to drop from 22/1 to 18/1 after tallying a 13-10 come-from-behind home victory over the Chicago Bears last week.

    Let's take a closer look at things heading into Week 15 of the 2011-12 NFL season.

Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts are just three losses away from posting an 0-16 record, coming into this week's game against the Tennessee Titans as seven-point home underdogs.

    That's a long ways from winning another Super Bowl.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

St. Louis Rams

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    The St. Louis Rams dropped a 30-13 affair to the Seattle Seahawks last night as nine-point road underdogs, but managed to score over their season average of scoring 11.8 points per game.

    Ranking last in the NFL in that particular category wasn't in the plans for second-year quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Minnesota Vikings

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    The Minnesota Vikings should have some worries this offseason about rookie quarterback Christian Ponder's durability, something that plagued him during his time at Florida State.

    Running back Adrian Peterson needs to get back on the field if the team hopes to snap a five-game losing streak against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins scored 27 or more points for just the second time last week, but ran into the New England Patriots.

    Surprisingly enough, the team is 17th in total offense and 10th in total defense.

    Missing a few parts.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are definitely one of the biggest disappointments this season, falling in defeat in six of their last seven games.

    Some tackling drills may help to close out the season, ranking 29th in the league in allowing 388.5 yards per game.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Miami Dolphins

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    Tony Sparano is no longer the head coach in South Beach, as the Miami Dolphins sent him packing after registering a 4-9 record this season through 13 games.

    The proud franchise will get an opportunity to make some year-end noise in playing three consecutive division opponents to close out the campaign.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped a three-game losing streak by coming away with a convincing 41-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

    Traveling to Atlanta to take on the Falcons on Thursday night will likely result in a loss, especially considering the offense hasn't scored more than 17 points on the road this season.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns are a long ways from winning the AFC North division, and quarterback Colt McCoy is a battered quarterback.

    Mike Holmgren has his hands full this offseason.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Carolina Panthers

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    The Carolina Panthers are certainly on the rise, but last week's 31-23 defeat against the Atlanta Falcons demonstrated that rookie quarterback Cam Newton still has a lot to learn.

    Without a doubt, this team will draw plenty of futures action to lift the Lombardi Trophy in 2013.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Buffalo Bills

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    The Buffalo Bills are mired in a six-game losing streak that has officially knocked them out of the Super Bowl futures market.

    It seemed to all go south once quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick inked a new contract.

    Losing running back Fred Jackson didn't help, either.

    Super Bowl Odds: Not available

Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Kansas City Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley in the midst of his third year.

    A major score if you're feeling lucky.

    Next.

    Super Bowl Odds: 2000/1

Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seattle Seahawks are surging with wins in four of their last five games, but the San Francisco 49ers have already clinched the NFC West division.

    An outside shot of making the playoffs remains, but second-year head coach Pete Carroll should be proud of the job he's done, as one of the most overachieving teams has some quality wins on its resume.

    Drafting a quarterback has to be a top priority.

    Matt Barkley anyone?

    Super Bowl Odds: 500/1

Arizona Cardinals

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    Arizona is one of the hottest teams in the league, and it's no surprise due to the franchise's ability to play up to its competition when playing in the desert.

    Back-to-back wins over the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers is something to be proud of.

    Consistency at the quarterback position is still an ongoing problem.

    Super Bowl Odds: 500/1

Cincinnati Bengals

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    The strength of schedule went up, and the Cincinnati Bengals' record went down.

    It's clear that a few pieces are missing for this young roster to compete with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North division.

    Super Bowl Odds: 60/1

Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders fell from 30/1 to 50/1 in this category after suffering a 46-16 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers as 11.5-point road underdogs.

    Not going to happen.

    Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

Tennessee Titans

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    The Tennessee Titans have an advantageous schedule down the stretch, but missed out on staying alive in the AFC South divisional race in dropping a 22-17 contest to the New Orleans Saints last week.

    It's clear that rookie quarterback Jake Locker needs to be under center to start the 2012 campaign, as veteran signal-caller Matt Hasselbeck is getting nicked up consistently.

    Titans running back Chris Johnson should be ready to roll in the second year of his big-time contract.

    Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Philadelphia Eagles have managed to win consecutive games just once this year, but that occurred with a bye week in between.

    It's amazing that this team is still two games behind the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in the NFC East division despite their mediocre 7-6 records.

    Still a possibility.

    Super Bowl Odds: 40/1

Chicago Bears

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    The Chicago Bears were one of the hottest teams in the league until quarterback Jay Cutler suffered an injury against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 20.

    Three consecutive losses since that point has the team looking to 2012.

    You got to feel for backup running back Marion Barber after getting Tebowed in the Mile High City.

    Super Bowl Odds: 40/1

San Diego Chargers

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    The San Diego Chargers are 22-2 in their last 24 December games and have outscored their two opponents by a combined score of 75-24.

    Sitting two games back in the AFC West division with three games to play isn't a good position to be in, but the Denver Broncos are likely to have a tough time this week against the New England Patriots.

    The Chargers would be in a more advantageous spot if not for Tim Tebow's heroics against the Chicago Bears last week.

    Super Bowl Odds: 30/1

New York Giants

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    The New York Giants went from potentially losing five straight games to the top of the NFC East division with a miraculous win over the Dallas Cowboys.

    I just can't see this team getting it done in the playoffs without a running game.

    It's been a really puzzling year for a rushing attack that ranks last in the league in gaining 85.8 yards per game.

    Sunday night's victory did manage to slash the betting odds in half.

    Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

Denver Broncos

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    Fair value for the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl is likely 40/1 if not for quarterback Tim Tebow.

    If you're feeling the urge to potentially cash in, I'd definitely wait until after this week's game against the New England Patriots.

    I don't see the Broncos coming away with a victory.

    Super Bowl Odds: 18/1

Detroit Lions

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    Don't fall asleep on this team with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh coming back after serving his two-game suspension.

    Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are talented enough to make some noise in the playoffs.

    Definitive value, but an interesting schedule lies ahead in the final three games.

    Taking a cautious approach.

    Super Bowl Odds: 18/1

Atlanta Falcons

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    The Atlanta Falcons have two very winnable games on their schedule while also getting another chance at the New Orleans Saints next week.

    If you're a buyer, there's no better time than the present.

    Super Bowl Odds: 18/1

Dallas Cowboys

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    Championship teams don't lose the type of games that the Dallas Cowboys do—period.

    Some will ask how their odds are lower than the New York Giants, and it's a pretty simple question to answer.

    The Cowboys drew a ton of money in the futures market before their recent two-game slide.

    Super Bowl Odds: 15/1

New York Jets

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    The New York Jets are not a team you want to match up with in the first round of the playoffs if they continue to move in the direction of wrapping up a wild-card spot.

    Head coach Rex Ryan has lost in the AFC championship game the past two years.

    I doubt that happens again if the team is fortunate enough to make it to that point.

    Super Bowl Odds: 14/1

San Francisco 49ers

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    Don't rip up that San Francisco 49ers futures ticket that you purchased last week just because they lost to the Arizona Cardinals.

    Las Vegas oddsmakers knew it was a tough spot for the squad and didn't move the betting odds as a result.

    First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh still has his locker room in position to grab the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

    Super Bowl Odds: 8/1

Houston Texans

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    Congratulations if you were sharp enough to know that Houston Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates would win his first two career starts in the NFL.

    All value is gone.

    The Texans defense gives this team a shot of coming out of the AFC.

    Super Bowl Odds: 7/1

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs to make sure he's healthy for the playoffs.

    This veteran-laden team can win on any field, which lessens the need to make a run at home-field advantage if he needs to sit out a game or two.

    A major player if No. 7 is healthy.

    Super Bowl Odds: 6/1

Baltimore Ravens

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    The Baltimore Ravens really hold all the cards in the AFC North division after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers both times this year.

    I just don't think quarterback Joe Flacco wins a Super Bowl.

    Then again, Trent Dilfer managed to do it.

    Super Bowl Odds: 6/1

New Orleans Saints

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    The New Orleans Saints have been my pick in these articles since Day 1, and I'm not about to get off this fast-moving train.

    Quarterback Drew Brees definitely wants another crack at the Green Bay Packers inside Lambeau Field.

    NFL fans definitely wouldn't mind seeing that season-opening matchup again.

    Super Bowl Odds: 5/1

New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots are clearly the public's choice of representing the AFC in the Super Bowl this year.

    It's not even close, and the betting odds show it.

    Las Vegas sports books are more than happy to take action on this team to win it all with the NFL's worst defense in tow.

    Not a chance at this level.

    Super Bowl Odds: 5/2

Green Bay Packers

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    The price is likely to stay around this level until the playoffs start, as Green Bay Packers fans will wait to see how wide receiver Greg Jennings recovers from his knee injury suffered last week.

    A wire-to-wire opportunity.

    No question about it.

    Super Bowl Odds: Even