Bookmakers Backing Patriots vs. Seahawks for Super Bowl 51
The 2016-17 NFL season is upon us, and 32 teams will embark upon a new quest to make Super Bowl 51 this Friday as the new season gets underway.
What Are The Odds has the latest markets available on not only who will win this year’s Super Bowl, but also who we can expect to make the showdown at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, come February.
Sky Bet has the New England Patriots as 4/1 (5.00) favourites to win the American Football Conference two years after they did so en route to winning Super Bowl 49, while the Seattle Seahawks are favourites to top the National Football Conference at the same odds.
That pair are therefore also joint-favourites to win Super Bowl 51 overall, each listed at 8/1 (9.00) before the season has got underway, with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Russell Wilson set to inch again leads the Pats and Seahawks, respectively.
But Aaron Rodgers is another elite signal-caller to watch out for, and his Green Bay Packers are only just outside the top two, priced at 17/2 (9.50) to clinch this year’s Super Bowl, while fellow NFC contenders, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals, are at 9/1 (10.00).
The Panthers in particular are looking to right the wrongs of last season’s Super Bowl 50 defeat to the Denver Broncos, and they remain one of the nine NFL teams to have made at least one Super Bowl without winning the title (2003, 2015).
Dark Horse Picks to Make Super Bowl 51
Outside the obvious favourites, there will always be a group of lurking underdogs hoping to upset the order of things at the top, and Super Bowl 51 will be no different.
The Cincinnati Bengals could be one such team worth investing in at 12/1 (13.00) considering Andy Dalton comes into this season as one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL, and it was only a season-ending injury to him that saw their progress derailed.
Further down the order, Andrew Luck and the 28/1 (29.00) Indianapolis Colts could be prepped for a breakout campaign after the quarterback has shown huge promise in pre-season and the team coming off the back of big disappointment in the 2015 term.
Lastly, the Baltimore Ravens, also out at 28/1 (29.00) may be worth a look-in after they got back a raft of their injured stars from last season—namely the likes of Terrell Suggs, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith - along with Joe Flacco pulling their strings from QB.
The Minnesota Vikings are in disarray after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season due to injury, and Sam Bradford’s arrival means they lack the same impact in attack. As a result, despite decent odds of 28/1 (29.00), the franchise likely won’t be worth backing to succeed.
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51
New England Patriots 8/1 (9.00)
Seattle Seahawks 8/1 (9.00)
Green Bay Packers 17/2 (9.50)
Carolina Panthers 9/1 (10.0)
Arizona Cardinals 9/1 (10.0)
Pittsburgh Steelers 11/1 (12.0)
Cincinnati Bengals 12/1 (13.0)
Denver Broncos 16/1 (17.0)
Kansas City Chiefs 22/1 (23.0)
Baltimore Ravens 28/1 (29.0)
Minnesota Vikings 28/1 (29.0)
Indianapolis Colts 28/1 (29.0)
New York Giants 28/1 (29.0)
Houston Texans 33/1 (34.0)
Buffalo Bills 33/1 (34.0)
Dallas Cowboys 33/1 (34.0)
Oakland Raiders 33/1 (34.0)
Washington Redskins 40/1 (41.0)
Jacksonville Jaguars 40/1 (41.0)
New York Jets 40/1 (41.0)
Atlanta Falcons 50/1 (51.0)
Los Angeles Rams 50/1 (51.0)
San Diego Chargers 66/1 (67.0)
New Orleans Saints 66/1 (67.0)
Miami Dolphins 66/1 (67.0)
Chicago Bears 66/1 (67.0)
Detroit Lions 66/1 (67.0)
Philadelphia Eagles 66/1 (67.0)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 80/1 (81.0)
Tennessee Titans 80/1 (81.0)
San Francisco 49ers 150/1 (151.0)
Cleveland Browns 200/1 (201.0)