There were only a few loose ends to tie up on Sunday to complete the brackets for the NFL playoffs and by midnight, the road to the 2015 Superbowl was set. As soon as the twelve teams were known, the professional oddsmakers went to work determining which team had the best odds of winning it all and taking home the Lombardi Trophy.
The Bleacher Report reported Dec. 28 that Vegas Insider posted odds of winning the 2015 Superbowl (Superbowl XLIX) almost immediately. And, not surprisingly, the New England Patriots have the best odds of winning it all, having finished the season at 12-4 (and only lost the fourth game because Head Coach Bill Belichick didn’t play several of his starters in the final game of the season, which the Patriots lost). Also not too surprising was that the defending Superbowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks (also 12-4), have the same odds of winning it all. For now, both teams, going into the Wild Card Weekend of the NFL playoffs, have 5/2 odds of winning this season’s Superbowl in Glendale, Arizona.
Following close behind are the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos (both 12-4 as well) with 5/1 and 6/1 odds respectively. The Dallas Cowboys, the only other team in the playoffs with a 12-4 record, have the fifth best odds of winning it all at 10/1.
The team with the worst odds? The Carolina Panthers, a team that barely scraped into the playoffs with a losing record (7-8-1), but still good enough to beat out the other teams in their division. (Yes, all had losing records.) Their odds: 100/1.
The Bleacher Report notes that New England and Seattle are likely candidates for the Superbowl due to their stellar playing on both sides of the football. But if there is one team of the dozen in the playoffs that look as if they might beat the odds, Bleacher Report says it is the Dallas Cowboys. Going into the playoffs with a four-game win streak, the Cowboys are even more impressive on the road, finishing the season an exemplary 8-0.
Odds To Win Superbowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 (Updated)
New England Patriots – 5/2
Seattle Seahawks – 5/2
Green Bay Packers – 11/2
Denver Broncos – 6/1
Dallas Cowboys – 8/1
Pittsburgh Steelers – 12/1
Indianapolis Colts – 30/1
Baltimore Ravens – 40/1
Carolina Panthers – 40/1
Cincinnati Bengals – 40/1
Detroit Lions – 50/1
Arizona Cardinals – 75/1
Update: The Panthers aren’t the team with the worst odds of winning the Superbowl any longer. As of Dec. 30, their odds, according to Vegas Insider, have improved to 40/1, placing them three rungs closer to the top. The Arizona Cardinals now are the team with the worst odds (75/1). As is easily observed, odds can and will change as oddsmakers acquire new information about the teams going into the Wild Card games.