Heading into week 15 of the NFL season the playoff pictures are starting to take shape.
In the NFC the Seattle Seahawks look to have locked up the NFC West Division, while the other three divisions are all still up for grabs. In the NFC West, which has been one of the worst divisions in football this year, the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) are still in the hunt behind the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5). It’s likely that whichever team does not win this division will not sneak into a wild card spot. The NFC North is the other division where you pretty much have to win it to get in. The Lions and Bears are tied atop the division at (7-6) each, while the Packers finally got a win without Rodgers last week to stay at .500. The New Orleans Saints (10-3) and the Carolina Panthers (9-4) both look primed to make the playoffs this season, one as a wild card. And let’s not forget about the 49ers who at (9-4) should once again be in a good spot this post season.
In the AFC the Patriots have the East wrapped up, the Bengals look to have the North and the Colts have already clinched the South. The West has Denver at (11-2) and KC at (10-3), but both teams should make the playoffs. The second wild card is really what is up for grabs in the NFC.
With only 3 games left in the regular season the Super Bowl odds have changed drastically from the beginning of the season. Let’s look at the odds from Bovada.lv and I’ll make my real money Super Bowl betting pick a couple months in advance.
Super Bowl Betting Odds (December 11th)
Here are the odds from Bovada.lv:
- Denver Broncos 11/4
- Seattle Seahawks 11/4
- New Orleans Saints 8/1
- San Francisco 49ers 8/1
- New England Patriots 10/1
- Cincinnati Bengals 16/1
- Carolina Panthers 18/1
- Kansas City Chiefs 25/1
- Philadelphia Eagles 28/1
- Indianapolis Colts 33/1
- Detroit Lions 40/1
- Green Bay Packers 50/1
There are the 12 teams who have somewhat of a shot at winning the Super Bowl this year. The Super Bowl will be taking place in New York this year, which is the first time the Super Bowl is played outdoors in a cold weather environment.
I don’t like the Broncos for this reason because Peyton has not performed well in cold weather over his career. He also often finds a way to lose in the playoffs so I don’t think this will be Denver’s year.
I think this could be Seattle’s year. Wilson looks like a veteran on the field and the cold weather shouldn’t affect the team too much. They also will almost certainly have home field advantage until the Super Bowl.
My other lean would be the Patriots. They are another team that could very well have home field advantage until the Super Bowl and they will be used to the cold weather. I could definitely see a New England vs Seattle Super Bowl this year.