Published on March 5th, 2016 | by Mark
Super Bowl LI Odds Update – March 4, 2016
We’ve still got a long road ahead of us before the start of the NFL preseason let alone the regular season itself, but that doesn’t mean that the Super Bowl betting action is also at a standstill.
Admittedly though, and as we’re still about a week away before teams can get into contract negotiations with unrestricted free agents, there’s not a whole lot of activity going on in the league just yet. Still, the oddsmakers have kept a tabs on the wagers being put in for Super Bowl LI futures, and the New England Patriots remain as the overall favorites to win it all in Houston next year.
NFL Odds Update for Super Bowl LI – New England Still Standing Pat as Frontrunner
As we speak, the Patriots are priced at +750 as the leading favorites to hoist their second Lombardi Trophy in three years. Apart from not having a first-round pick at this year’s draft, New England’s regime appears as formidable as last year. The team was hit with a myriad of injuries the previous season, but now it’ll enter the 2016-17 campaign with health, no significant departures and most possibly an upgraded roster from the offseason. And of course, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still running the show, you know the Pats are definitely in it to win it.
Elsewhere in the league, a three-way tie has emerged between the next candidates in line for New England’s grip on the peak position of SB LI’s odds leaderboard. Unsurprisingly, the Carolina Panthers – last season’s NFC champs – are still favored to represent the conference in Houston next year. However, the recent news about the release of nine-year, standout defensive end Charles Johnson to save about $11 million from the Panthers’ salary cap is worth noting.
Like Carolina, the Seattle Seahawks saw the departure of one of their key players in Marshawn Lynch (apparent retirement), and are also priced at +900 to make their third Super Bowl appearance and second win at the big dance in four years. Even without Lynch in the running game, last year’s breakout rookie in Thomas Rawls proved to be a worthy replacement for the Skittles-loving Lynch. And if the link we just shared moments ago does indeed come to fruition, just imagine how powerful the Seahawks would be with Matt Forte as the primary or even the secondary option in Seattle’s ground attack.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers – not the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos – are currently being touted as the Patriots’ main contenders in the AFC, and are also priced at +900 to win their seventh Lombardi trophy to further increase their own record for most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.
Much of Pittsburgh’s quest this time out hinges on the return and production of prolific running back Le’Veon Bell, who missed most of last season due to a early suspension followed by a major injury (torn MCL). Yet as they have shown last season, the Steelers hung in better than expected with the rest of the league for as long as the Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown connection was in full display. The return of Bell will just enhance their already daunting offense even more.