The Super Bowl favorites generally end up being the 4 teams that get the luxury of a bye week while the other 8 are knocking themselves out in Wild Card action. The top 4 teams in the league this season are definitely well deserving of their current odds, and you can make a case for any one of them to go on and lift the Super Bowl 50 trophy in February. Let’s take a look at who we have as the 4 favorites heading into the playoffs.
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Carolina Panthers (+350)
The Panthers cruised to a 15-1 record this season, and while they would love to have gone unbeaten, it might actually be a good thing to get that loss out of the way before they postseason begins. Cam Newton is the key to success for the Panthers, as his game has developed to a level that puts him in the elite group of QB’s in the league.
New England Patriots (+350)
The defending champions are once again one of the favorites to win it all this year. There are some injury concerns to deal with this postseason, but Brady and Belicheck always seem to find a way to overcome all sorts of adversity. You also cannot discount how badly this team wants to put the whole Deflategate thing to bed by winning the Super Bowl in a “legitimate” way.
Arizona Cardinals (+350)
Injuries killed any chance of the Cardinals having a Super Bowl run last season, but they are back better than ever this time around. While last season’s group was built on defense, this one is all about the offensive fireworks. This is a very difficult teams to slow down, and with at least one game at home, the chances of them moving onto the Conference Final are pretty good.
Denver Broncos (+450)
It’s not really a surprise to see the Broncos listed as one of the favorites to win Super Bowl 50, but how they got to that point is more than a little surprising. Peyton Manning struggled badly in the early part of the season, and when he went down with an injury, there were legitimate questions as to whether or not Brock Osweiler could lead this team to glory. The back-up performed admirably, but it was the defense that has to get the majority of the credit for this season. Manning is back now, but it’s that D that will ride these Broncos to the Super Bowl.