Updated NFL Super Bowl 51 Betting Odds
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are still the prohibitive favorites to win Super Bowl 51, but with the 2016 regular season steamrolling toward its stretch run, what NFL gridiron gamblers really need to know is whether or not the Pats can back up their Super Bowl futures odds.
Let’s find out right now who, if anyone, can take down Bill Belichick’s boys.
In Depth Analysis On The Updated NFL Super Bowl 51 Betting Odds
The Favorite To Win Super Bowl 51
New England Patriots (13/5) – Last Week (2/1)
The Patriots (8-2 SU, 8-2 ATS) beat San Francisco 30-17 this past weekend, but I’d be a bit concerned about New England’s mediocre defense if I were a Pats fan or considering betting on them to win cash in on their Super Bowl futures odds.
While Tom Brady and company rank sixth in total offense, sixth in passing and sixth (again) in scoring (27.1 ppg) New England is just 17th in total defense, 15th against the pass and 17th against the run. While the New England Patriots are somehow ranked a stellar second in points allowed (18.0 ppg), I’ve got to believe the statistical evidence that say they are truly mediocre defensively will catch up to them at some point in the near future.
The Smart Pick To Win Super Bowl 51
Seattle Seahawks (5/1) – Last Week (9/1)
The Seahawks (7-2-1 SU, 6-4 ATS) have won three straight and man-handled Philly 28-15 this past Sunday as they get set for Week 12. Right now, I think the Seahawks are looking as dangerous as any team in the league. Russell Wilson is back to full health and tight end Jimmy Graham looks a lot like the superstar he was in New Orleans for years.
While Seattle is ranked just 20th in scoring (21.9 ppg) they’ve scored 26 points or more in three straight and four of their last six games while topping the 30-point plateau twice. More importantly, Seattle is starting to look like a defensive juggernaut once again and currently ranks first in points allowed (17.3 ppg).
The Longshot To Win Super Bowl 51
New York Giants (25/1)
I could have picked a few teams as my longshot selection, but I’m going with Eli Manning and the New York Giants (7-3 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) this week after supporting Kansas City as my longshot pick the last two weeks. I know the G-Men are ranked an uninspiring 23rd in scoring (20.4 ppg) and a pitiful 31st in rushing (77.0 ypg) but Eli Manning has talent at the wide receiver position and an uncanny ability to rise to the occasion when you least expect it.
More importantly, New York’s defense has been rock-solid this season and ranks an encouraging 11th in points allowed (20.0 ppg). Maybe it’s me, but I’m thinking this year’s Giants look eerily similar to the so-so teams that caught fire in the postseason 2007 and 2011 to upset everyone en route to a pair of Super Bowl titles. I know one thing…at 25/1, the odds the G-Men are offering should they manage to win it all, are absolutely stupendous.