The NFL Playoffs get underway in a couple of hours, but the two favorites to win Super Bowl 50 will not be taking the field this weekend. The top choices to host the Lombardi Trophy are, according to Bovada.lv’s latest 2016 Super Bowl Picks, are the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals at +475 odds apiece.
The Patriots and Cardinals being championship favorites is not surprising; however, there is ample reason for bettors to consider other options. New England is not exactly a healthy squad right now, although it’s injury situation is improving slightly, and it closed out the regular season by losing four of its final six games. The Patriots late slide resulted in them losing the top seed in the AFC to Denver (the Broncos are a +650 Super Bowl pick).
Arizona reeled off nine straight wins following a Week 6 loss at Pittsburgh, but it laid an egg in its season/home finale against NFC West rival Seattle. With the top seed in the NFC still potentially on the line, the Cardinals were blown out 36-6 by Russell Wilson and company.
And speaking of the Seahawks, they are, along with the 15-1 Panthers, a third pick to win Super Bowl 50 at +500 NFL betting odds ($100 wins $500). That makes Seattle, which squares off against the Vikings in Minnesota (lined as a -6 road favorite) tomorrow, the top choice among Wild Card weekend participants to advance to the Super Bowl and win it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are next on that list at +1000 and +1400 odds, respectively. Mike Tomlin’s crew is listed as a -3 favorite in tonight’s meeting with the Bengals. The rubber match contest is set to get underway at 7:15pm CT on CBS. The Chiefs, who have rattled of 10 consecutive wins, will open this year’s playoffs in Houston as they face the Texans in a battle at NRG Stadium this afternoon (3:20pm CT, ABC/ESPN) Kansas City is favored by 3.5 points in the Week 1 rematch.
The rest of Bovada’s 2016 Super Bowl Picks can be found below.
2016 Super Bowl Picks: NFL Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
New England Patriots +475
Arizona Cardinals +475
Seattle Seahawks +500
Carolina Panthers +500
Denver Broncos +650
Pittsburgh Steelers +1000
Kansas City Chiefs +1400
Green Bay Packers +2500
Minnesota Vikings +2500
Cincinnati Bengals +2500
Washington Redskins +4000
Houston Texans +5000
My 2016 Super Bowl Picks:
AFC Champion – Kansas City Chiefs
NFC Champion – Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl 50 winner – Seattle Seahawks