Super Bowl 2017: Initial Vegas Odds Following Week 17

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2017

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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The 2016 NFL regular season is officially wrapped. And all eyes are on the playoffs and Super Bowl LI.

With the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers both missing out on the postseason, we're guaranteed new representatives in the big game, but the favorites are certainly familiar.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are as much in the picture as ever. And America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, are back in contention after a bit of a hiatus.

Their odds at winning the title, as well as every other playoff team's, are featured below:

Super Bowl Odds

New England Patriots: +190

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots rushes for a touchdown in the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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The Patriots enter the postseason as an understandable favorite to win the Super Bowl, thanks in large part to Brady's incredible quarterback play.

Only in Boston recapped the historic season:

Only In Boston @OnlyInBOS

Tom Brady's Season: 11-1 291-432 (67.4%) 3554 yards 28 TDs 2 INTs 112.2 rating 12 games #1 seed 39 years old Is that good? #MVP https://t.co/N1tmlhi12t

Following a three-touchdown, zero-interception performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, Brady finished the season with a few records.

Per the broadcast on CBS, Brady was the first quarterback to start seven games on the road without throwing an interception. He also posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of all time by finishing with 28 scoring throws and only two picks.

Combine that with the prolific running game spearheaded by LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns this season, and it's tough to imagine anyone stopping this attack.

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Dallas Cowboys: +325

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammate Travis Frederick #72 after Elliott  scored on a touchdown run against the Detroit Lions during the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington
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Led by rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are officially back and looking like real Super Bowl contenders for the first time in years.

The poise and production both have shown as leaders is remarkable for rookies and has made them legitimate MVP candidates.

For Prescott, steady consistent play led to one of the best seasons for a rookie quarterback in NFL history, per SportsCenter:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

With his 13th win, Dak Prescott ties Ben Roethlisberger's rookie-record for most wins in a season. https://t.co/Z8TGqxvBgO

It also secured a piece of Cowboys history, per Jon Machota ofย The Dallas Morning News:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Dak Prescott posted a passer rating over 100 for the 11th time this season. That's a new Cowboys record. Tony Romo did it 10 times twice

As for Elliott, he not only led all rookies in rushing yards and touchdowns, he was third and second, respectively, among rookies in those categories all-time.

Runs like this one shared by NFL following Week 16 show why he was one of the most electrifying players all season:


55 yards. A top speed of 21.80 mph ๐Ÿ˜ณ @EzekielElliott was moving! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ #NextGenStats https://t.co/UrAC0baNti

The Cowboys are obviously about more than Prescott and Elliott (the offensive line deserves tons of credit), but those two are the engine. And that engine is humming.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: +800

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 11:   Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers don't enter the postseason as theย favorites to win a title, but Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell make them a decent dark-horse pick.

With Roethlisberger, it's all about the experience. He has 17 postseason starts and two Super Bowl rings already to his name.

His running back, Bell, racked up 1,884 yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns despite appearing in only 12 games.

And then there's Brown, who had 106 receptions, 1,284 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016.

With that trio lining up on offense, it's easy to see the Steelers surprising a few teams with their high-powered attack.


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