NFL Betting Trends- Super Bowl XLVIII Futures Odds

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The city of Baltimore is still busy cleaning up the streets from a Super Bowl parade after the Ravens held off a furious rally by San Francisco to claim this season’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. While the Baltimore fans may want to keep the party going, fans of the other 31 NFL teams have already set their sights on MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for next year’s Super Bowl.

Bovada Sportsbook opened the Ravens at 14/1 odds to win it all this year just days after the Giants stunned New England in Super Bowl XLVI. The San Francisco 49ers opened at 15/1 so there was money to be made on the futures odds no matter which team won this past Sunday’s game.

The early odds are out again and while Bovada remains bullish on the 49ers chances it is not too keen on Baltimore’s bid for a repeat. San Francisco is a 7/1 co-favorite with the Denver Broncos to finally get over the hump and win it all next season but the Ravens are once again listed at 14/1.

The upside to the 49ers chances are high, given that most of this year’s roster should be back and that Colin Kaepernick should only get better with a full offseason under his belt at the team’s starting quarterback. It also helps to have one of the best young coaches in the league at the helm in Jim Harbaugh, who has had tremendous success in just two seasons in the NFL. One word of caution before you lunk all on San Francisco; the last time that a team that lost the Super Bowl made it back the following season was all the way back in 1994 when the Buffalo Bills made their fourth trip there after losing the previous three.

Baltimore’s run to the title will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history, but its chances at a repeat are slim at best. The loss of Ray Lewis coupled with some serious cap issues make this team a prime candidate to take a major step backwards next season, especially with Joe Flacco throwing the ball with a fat wallet in his back pocket.

The two likely candidates to come out of the AFC remain Denver and the New England Patriots, who have been opened at 15/2 to finally break through with another Super Bowl victory after a seven-season drought. The Broncos’ chances will still hinge on how much gas does Peyton Manning still have left in the tank. The overall team remains one of the best in the conference, but Manning is going to have to get past his playoff demons to make good on these lofty odds.

You can never count out Bill Belichick and Tom Brady when it comes to winning Super Bowls, but this future head coach/quarterback “Hall of Fame” combination is starting to make a regular habit of coming up short in the postseason after dominating the regular one. The odds for a few other contenders in the AFC include Houston at 14/1, Pittsburgh at 18/1 and Indianapolis at 33/1.

Turning to the NFC, the 49ers biggest competition should once again come from the Green Bay Packers, who have been opened as 10/1 fourth favorites. As long as Aaron Rodgers is behind center, the Packers remain a legitimate contender, but with Donald Driver announcing his retirement and Greg Jennings future with the team in doubt, his receiving corps could take a major hit.

The next favorite at 12/1 is the up and coming Seattle Seahawks, who were just a half a game away from winning the NFC West last season. The big question here is can Russell Wilson avoid the sophomore slump that has plagued some of the best quarterbacks in the league. If the Seahawks are going to take the next step, they are also going to have to find a way to play much more consistent on the road. A couple of other teams in this conference to keep an eye on are Atlanta and New Orleans at 16/1 and Chicago and New York at 20/1. The two that standout in this group are the Saints and the Giants, who both have something to prove after missing the playoffs this year.

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII

Denver Broncos 7/1

San Francisco 49ers 15/2

New England Patriots 15/2

Green Bay Packers 10/1

Baltimore Ravens 12/1

Seattle Seahawks 12/1

Houston Texans 14/1

Atlanta Falcons 18/1

New Orleans Saints 18/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 18/1

Chicago Bears 20/1

New York Giants 20/1

Dallas Cowboys 25/1

Washington Redskins 30/1

Indianapolis Colts 33/1

Cincinnati Bengals 35/1

Detroit Lions 35/1

Minnesota Vikings 35/1

Philadelphia Eagles 35/1

San Diego Chargers 35/1

New York Jets 40/1

Carolina Panthers 50/1

Kansas City Chiefs 50/1

Miami Dolphins 50/1

St. Louis Rams 50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/1

Arizona Cardinals 66/1

Cleveland Browns 66/1

Tennessee Titans 66/1

Buffalo Bills 100/1

Oakland Raiders 100/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 150/1

Dave Schwab

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