December 16, 2015 Staff Writer

NFL News

Super Bowl 50 Odds: Panthers, Patriots Still Tops

The Carolina Panthers have emerged as an elite team in the 2015 NFL season, compiling a 13-0 straight up and 10-3 against the spread record through their first 13 games. As a result, the Panthers have climbed up the betting board all the way up to co-favorite to win Super Bowl 50.

Carolina is going off at +375 to win Super Bowl 50. Dating back to last season, the Panthers are 18-0 SU and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 regular season games. The defense is one of the best in the NFL and Cam Newton has risen to the elite level at quarterback. The only question left for the Panthers is whether they can get it done in the playoffs as well.

A team with plenty of playoff experience shares Carolina’s spot atop the NFL Super Bowl 50 betting board as the New England Patriots are also going off at +375. Injuries have slowed down the Patriots a bit in recent weeks, but the team looks to be on its way to a first round bye with an 11-2 SU and 6-4-3 ATS record thus far. Season ending injuries to Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount have crippled the running back position, but Tom Brady is arguably the best in the game to lead a pass-heavy offense.

With the Cincinnati Bengals (+2000 to win the Super Bowl) and the Denver Broncos (+1200) looking vulnerable at the quarterback position after Andy Dalton was lost for the season with a thumb injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers are suddenly looking like New England’s biggest threat in the AFC. Pittsburgh (+750) is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS over its last five games, and the offense is on a tear with 35.2 points per game over that stretch. If Roethlisberger can stay healthy down the stretch, the Steelers could be dangerous.

The picture in the NFC below the Carolina Panthers is hazy. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are both currently going off at +650 to win the Super Bowl. Arizona has flown under the radar this season despite an 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS record, and looks to be a legitimate contender as long as Carson Palmer is healthy. Seattle has rounded into form on offense and gone 4-0 SU and ATS over the last four weeks, and many still consider the two-time defending NFC champions the team to beat.

The Green Bay Packers (+1000) and Kansas City Chiefs (+1600) could be good options for bettors looking for value on their NFL future bets. The hype around Green Bay has cooled off after an 0-3 SU and ATS midseason slump, but the Packers are still 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS and are 3-1 SU and ATS over their last four games. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have put a 1-5 SU and ATS start behind them and reeled off seven straight wins with a 6-1 ATS record over that stretch. Kansas City could be a tough out for New England or Pittsburgh in the postseason.