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Patriots, Seahawks and Cardinals fight for Super Bowl favouritism

Wed, Aug 31, 2:57pm by Jake Equid

With just over a week to go until the opening round of the NFL season we’ve run our eye over the contenders to give you the best chance of backing a winner come seasons end. It is an extraordinarily open season, with seven teams priced between $9,50 and $14 to win the Superbowl

Let’s start with the favourites, the New England Patriots who are at $9.50 with Sportsbet. The much publicised suspension of legendary QB Tom Brady for four weeks to start the season has left many questions over Bill Belichick’s team. However, three of those outings will be played in Foxborough, a venue the Pats rarely lose at so they’ll be fine as per usual.

The Seahawks are equal favourite with the Patriots at $9.50 despite losing Marshawn Lynch to retirement this season. Lynch only played eight matches last season. And Thomas Rawls showed enough to suggest he can step up, with quarterback Russell Wilson still seemingly at the peak of his powers.

Seattle’s NFC West rivals, Arizona will be incredibly hard to score against this year having invested some serious money on their defence. Defensive Back Tyrann Mathieu signed a contract extension while veterans James Jones, Dwight Freeney still have value. They won the NFC West last season with a record of 13-3 and according to Sportsbet will go very close to a Super Bowl win at $10.

At Green Bay, receiver Jordy Nelson is back after tearing his ACL last pre-season which is great news for the team. Added to that is the three receivers the Packers drafted in 2014 who enter their crucial third season. They should be hard to stop offensively this season. They are $10.

Last year’s runners up Carolina only lost one game in the regular season but have looked a little shaky this pre-season. They dropped a close one to the Patriots on Friday and are 1-2 in the exhibition games with the Steelers to come this Thursday. QB Cam Newton struggled early, completing six of 14 passes for 55 yards and two interceptions before, curiously, he was replaced by backup Derek Anderson for one series with just under seven minutes remaining in the second quarter. After going so close last year it will be interesting to see if they can back it up this season. , but will be heavily reliant of Newton’s form and fitness.

The Panthers final pre-season opponent is last year’s AFC North runner-up Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s pretty easy to sum up the Steelers, they have the best running back in the game – Le’Veon Bell and a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. However, they need to improve their defence if they are to challenge, they are at $12.

The defending Super Bowl Champions Denver go into a season without QB Peyton Manning for the first time since 2011, hence why they are on the eighth line of betting. His replacement was announced this week and it was a bit of a surprise with Trevor Siemian holding off Mark Sanchez for the position. He has big shoes to fill in Hall-of-Famer and All-American hero, who topped off his career by leading the Broncos to a memorable SueprBowl 50 success. The Broncos are $17 to win back-to-back titles.

The best of the rest will likely come down to a battle between the Bengals, Colts and the Chiefs. It’s extremely hard to pick a winner at this early stage. By October the picture will be much clearer but I really like the Green Bay Packers. They are a well-balanced squad with playmakers on both sides of the ball.

BEST BET: Green Bay Packers to win the Superbowl –  $10

NFL Super Bowl – Outright Betting odds: (Sportsbet)

Seattle Seahawks: $9.50

New England Patriots: $9.50

Arizona Cardinals: $10

Green Bay Packers: $10

Carolina Panthers: $10

Pittsburgh Steelers: $12

Cincinatti Bengals: $13

Indianapolis Colts: $17

Denver Broncos: $17

Kansas City Chiefs: $17

New York Giants: $21

Baltimore Ravens: $31

Dallas Cowboys: $31

Minnesotta Vikings: $34

Houston Texans: $34

Washington Redskins: $36

Philadelphia Eagles: $36

New York Jets: $36

Detroit Lions: $41

Miami Dolphins: $41

Atlanta Falcons: $41

Oakland Raiders: $41

Buffalo Bills: $51

Los Angeles Rams: $51

Jacksonville Jaguars: $51

San Diego Chargers: $51

New Orleans Saints: $67

Chicago Bears: $67

San Francisco 49ers: $101

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $101

Tennessee Titans: $101

Cleveland Browns: $101

*All odds were provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing.

NRL Week 1 (In AEST)
Friday, 9 September
Panthers v Broncos

Monday, 12 September
3:00 AM
Vikings v Titans
Bears v Texans
Browns v Eagles
Bills v Ravens
Chargers v Chiefs
Raiders v Saints
Buccaneers v Falcons
Bengals v Jets
Packers v Jagaurs
6:05 AM
Dolphins v Seahawks
6:25 AM
Giants v Cowboys
Lions v Colts
10:30 AM
Patriots v Cardinals

Tuesday, 13 September
9:10 AM
Steelers v Redskins
12:20 PM
Rams v 49ers

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