Published on February 13th, 2016 | by sbbadmin
Super Bowl 51 Odds Released and Update
After what can only be described as a miserable experience for fans in Super Bowl 50, it’s time to look ahead to Super Bowl 51. It most certainly won’t be the Peyton Manning show, and even the rest of the Broncos have a number of question marks over their heads for a repeat performance.
What’s really surprising though, is that the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP may not be slated to even be in the next big dance. Cam Newton lost a lot of fans for his post-Super Bowl tempertantrum and it looks like he’s lost a lot of the book makers respect too. For in their eyes, Super Bowl 51 could be a repeat performance of rendition number 49 between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
Super Bowl 51 Odds Released – Seahawks and Patriots 2.0
New England Patriots (+800)
The Pats were bounced last season by Denver, but in February of 2017 they’re believed to be the favorites to lift the Lombardi once again. Tom Brady will have a healthy support crew with him to face his familiar foes, so we can expect the offense to be firing on all cylinders once again. This was not the story down the home stretch of the 2015 season. They lost both Dion Lewis and LaGarrette Blount to injury leaving them with two huge holes in their run game.
Sadly, after that, the air attack just couldn’t handle all of the pressure. With no rushing help, no quarterback can withstand 100% of the pressure. Thus was the case in the AFC Championship game though, as Denver’s defense absolutely destroyed Tom Brady and the Patriot offense.
Seattle Seahawks (+900)
The Seattle Seahawks said goodbye to arguably the best running back in the team’s history this February. Marshawn Lynch decided to call it a career and left the reigns of the run game in Thomas Rawls’ hands. The younger back did a fantastic job in 2015 filling for the injured Lynch, and the team’s oddest hasn’t been hit with him in the rotation. In fact, the younger Rawls stepping in, may have actually helped them in the eyes of the betting public.
Combine the Hawks run game with the hottest air attack in the back half of the 2015 season, and the 2016 outlook is pretty sharp. If Jimmy Graham can stay healthy and step up his blocking, the Seahawks should be one of the best moving forward.
Carolina Panthers (+900)
After Cam Newton refused to answer questions following his lacklustre performance in Super Bowl 50, he told the media, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” Well, the online sportsbooks have now declared him a loser. Every bookmaker in the nation had the Panthers listed as champions before kickoff two weeks ago. Now, the Panthers are going to be lucky to make the dance, behind Seattle and New England.
The Panthers will welcome back Kelvin Benjamin to their lineup in 2016 after sitting out the entire season with knee injury. His sure hands will be a nice addition to a receiving corp that couldn’t catch a cold in Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers are followed closely by the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1,000), Green Bay Packers (+1,200), Arizona Cardinals (+1,400), Cincinnati Bengals (+1,600) and then the current champion Denver Broncos (+1,600).