It is week 14 and the early futures bets are in on who will win Super Bowl XLVIII. The clear favorites are currently the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, with the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers making a late season run. The 2014 National Football League Super Bowl will be played in MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014. In what may add some serious repercussions to the outcome of the game, this is the first Super Bowl ever to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment. This is also the first Super Bowl in 38 years which has the AFC and NFC participants competing on artificial turf outdoors, which may also significantly impact game play.
The Seattle Seahawks recently moved up the list of potential Super Bowl winners at Bovada after an impressive victory against the San Francisco 49ers, and they currently stand at 5/2 as the favorite to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are up next on the favorites list, with odds of around 13/4. Tom Brady and the Patriots sit at about 13/2, with the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and late charging Carolina Panthers sitting at 10/1. With twelve weeks in the books and only four to go, the playoffs are just around the corner. Inclement weather and teams playing where they are less than comfortable are always a couple of scenarios to take into account this time of year, and for the first time ever, Mother Nature may impact the Super Bowl as well.
Value bettors may take a look at Detroit, with the Lions currently sitting at 25/1 as a possible Super Bowl winner. Their high-scoring offense has benefited from the addition of the dual threat Reggie Bush this year, and wideout future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson is pretty much unstoppable. Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Detroit Lions defense seem to be playing better every week, so catching them at this attractive number may make sense to some bettors. Playing in the NFC North “Black and Blue” division, Detroit is used to playing outdoors in cold weather late in the year, so February at the Meadowlands would not impact them negatively, and may even give them an edge over the right type of opponent.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a hard team to figure out, playing like world beaters one week and a poor college team the next. If Andy Dalton can get the ball to AJ Green and Cincinnati’s defense can play to its talent level, the 20/1 2014 Super Bowl odds against the Bengals emerging as Super Bowl champions could produce a nice payday. Looking at trends, an NFC team has won three out of the last four super Bowls, but the AFC Baltimore Ravens took down last year’s title. Speaking of the Ravens, they are currently standing around 50/1, which is obviously a pretty attractive number for Ravens supporters.
The Arizona Cardinals currently sit at 100/1 as long shot Super Bowl champs, and before you think that number is not even worth considering, remember these points. Carson Palmer has had a rebirth in Arizona and is playing extremely well, and the Arizona defense and special teams have shown they are a force to be reckoned with. And while Carolina currently sits as one of the favorites to win the 2014 Super Bowl, just as recently as week seven the Panthers stood at 150/1 long shots to take home the Lombardi trophy. Whatever team wins the Super Bowl, they don’t care what odds are against them. So if you like a team, grab them when they offer the best possible odds, and you may just take home a significant paycheck this February 2 when the winner of the 44th annual championship game of the modern era of NFL football is decided.