Ahead of this weekend’s divisional round of playoffs, the Denver Broncos remain favorites with bookmakers to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy on Feb. 3.
Having enjoyed a bye week during the wild-card round of playoffs, Denver (13-3) has been given odds of 11/4 to win Super Bowl XLVII, marking the fourth straight week the side has seen its odds shorten.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are considered 11/10 to win the AFC, something they can achieve by defeating Baltimore this weekend and the winner of New England-Houston next weekend.
New England (12-4) is nipping at the Broncos’ heels on the NFL Futures list.
Having also enjoyed a bye last weekend, the Patriots have been given 7/2 odds of winning the Super Bowl. The number represents the team’s shortest odds since topping the list at 3/1 following Week 14.
The Patriots are considered 7/5 to represent the AFC in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
With Denver and New England topping the list, it is left to Baltimore (11-6) and Houston (13-4) to prop up the NFL Futures, where odds makers have little faith in the two sides.
Both the Ravens and Texans have been handed 18/1 odds of lifting the Lombardi trophy, and 9/1 odds of even making the big game.
What’s more, both opened as 9½-point underdogs ahead of this weekend’s divisional playoffs. The spread in both games has risen to 10 as bettors come down in favor of the home sides.
Over in the NFC, both Green Bay (12-5) and San Francisco (11-4-1) find themselves with 6/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.
Bookmakers prefer the 49ers chances this weekend though, giving Jim Harbaugh’s side a three-point edge heading into the two meeting on Saturday at Candlestick Park.
This advantage on the lines has translated to a marginal advantage on the NFC Futures list. San Francisco has odds of 11/5 to win the NFC, whilst Green Bay is considered 3/1.
This weekend’s other NFC clash features Seattle (12-5) and Atlanta (13-3), two teams that have been assigned 7/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl.
Atlanta opened as a three-point favorite on the game line, with 12/5 odds (second in the conference) of winning the NFC. Pundits haven’t exactly been silent in their support of the underdog Seahawks in this one, but Bovada is reporting that bettors are showing a slight lean in favor of the Falcons.
Bovada has also put together odds of the exact matchup that will take place in New Orleans.
Currently, based on Futures standings, the favorite Super Bowl matchup is Denver vs. San Francisco (11/2), a rematch of Super Bowl XXIV held in 1990 at the Super Dome in New Orleans. For the record, the Niners took that game 55-10.
Next on the list is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIII, pitting Denver against Atlanta. Odds of this particular matchup currently stand at 6/1.
Other potential Super Bowl rematches include: Denver vs. Green Bay (Super Bowl XXXII), which sits at 7/1; and New England vs. Green Bay (Super Bowl XXXI), another game that took place in the Big Easy. That one ended 35-21 in favor of the Packers. Odds of this latter matchup currently stand at 8/1.
For a full list of odds on each potential matchup, see below.
Odds to Win Super Bowl XXXVII
Denver Broncos (11/4)
New England Patriots (7/2)
Green Bay Packers (6/1)
San Francisco 49ers (6/1)
Atlanta Falcons (7/1)
Seattle Seahawks (7/1)
Baltimore Ravens (18/1)
Houston Texans (18/1)
Odds to win the 2013 AFC Championship
Denver Broncos (11/10)
New England Patriots (7/5)
Houston Texans (9/1)
Baltimore Ravens (9/1)
Odds to win the 2013 NFC Championship
San Francisco 49ers (11/5)
Atlanta Falcons (12/5)
Green Bay Packers (3/1)
Seattle Seahawks (13/4)
2013 Super Bowl XLVII Matchup
Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers (11/2)
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons (6/1)
New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers (13/2)
Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers (7/1)
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons (7/1)
Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks (15/2)
New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers (8/1)
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (9/1)
Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers (30/1)
Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons (30/1)
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers (30/1)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons (30/1)
Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers (35/1)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers (35/1)
Houston Texans vs. Seattle Seahawks (40/1)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks (40/1)