A Sweeping Look at NFC Odds to Win Super Bowl 50
The National Football Conference (NFC) odds to win the 2016 Super Bowl is down to four teams in —the Carolina Panthers (15-1), Arizona Cardinals (13-3), Green Bay Packers (11-6) and Seattle Seahawks (11-6)—and none of the four teams is as happy to be here as the Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who have kicker Blair Walsh and his entire Minnesota Vikings teammates to thank for blowing out a golden chance to end Seattle reign in the NFC.
Up next for these four teams is the Divisional Round Matchups, which will be followed by the AFC Championship game that will put them one step closer to the all-important Super Bowl 50 Crown. How do these four teams stack up in regards to the Super Bowl 50 NFL odds? Read on below to find out.
Arizona Cardinals (+375)
Despite losing to the Seahawks in their regular season finale, the Cardinals are not only holding strong as the odds-on NFC favorite to win the Conference Championship game, but they are also priced in the NFL lines as the top league favorite to win the Super Bowl. Having already taken down Green Bay in a 30-point win in Week 16, defeating the Packers once again shouldn’t be a big deal. And with their solid balance in the defense and offense, they should prove to be a handful to any team they’ll potentially meet beyond the Divisional Round.
Carolina Panthers (+450) / Seattle Seahawks (+450)
The No. 1-seeded Panthers and the No. 6-seeded Seahawks interestingly spot the same price in the odds to win Super Bowl 50. This essentially means one of the following is true—either the one-loss Panthers (who have homefield advantage all the way to the NFC Championship game) are not being trusted enough to go the distance, or the Seahawks (who’ve won the last two NFC titles, but needed Walsh to miss a field goal last week in order to reach the Divisional Round) are being trusted greatly to claim a third straight conference. With both teams having solid quarterbacks and surging defenses, it will be interesting to see who stands tallest in the end, when the two high-flyers go against each other in this weekend.
Green Bay Packers (+1,500)
The Packers are not only long shots in the NFC title odds, but they also spot highest ones to win this year’s Lombardi Trophy. Fortunately for them, they are coming off a morale-boosting win over Washington on Sunday, a victory that saw Aaron Rodgers play like himself for the first time in a long while. Green Bay’s defense equally found its stride last week, condemning Kirk Cousins to six sacks after he entered the playoffs as arguably the best quarterback in the second-half of the regular season. It is not going to be easy for the Packers to upend the Carson Palmer and the Cardinals, or whoever the Pack will potentially meet in the later rounds of the playoffs, but if playoff-Rodgers can show up strongly like he did last week, then the Wild Card Packers will have their chance at Super Bowl 50, as was the case in 2010.