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Early Super Bowl XLII Odds

June 11, 2007

Marvin Harrison of the ColtsThe Indianapolis Colts are the defending Super Bowl champs, but Vegas oddsmakers like the title chances of the rival New England Patriots better for the upcoming season.

The Pats are currently pegged as the 5/1 favorites to come out on top in Super Bowl XLII, while the Colts are just behind them on the list at 11/2 odds.

New England will have revenge on their minds this season, as they were knocked off 38-34 by the Colts in last year's AFC Championship Game.

Tom Brady and company added receivers Randy Moss and Donte' Stallworth to the roster in hopes of creating a bit more offense.

Another AFC team is third on the odds list - the San Diego Chargers. Philip Rivers' team went a league-best 14-2 during the regular season last year, but were bounced 24-21 by the Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs.

That loss cost head coach Marty Schottenheimer his job; Norv Turner is now the man in charge of the Chargers' success for the upcoming season. Vegas oddsmakers have San Diego pegged at 6/1 title odds.

The first NFC team on the list is last year's Super Bowl loser, the Chicago Bears. The Bears pounded the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game in January, but fell 29-17 to the Colts in the big game. Chicago is listed at 8/1 odds to win this year.

Next up are another Colts playoff victim from last year, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens managed to score just six points against Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoffs, wasting a strong effort by their defense.

Baltimore won the AFC North division by five games over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, and they added running back Willis McGahee to the roster for 2007. They're at 10/1 championship odds.

The Saints surprised with a 10-6 record in 2006, and they knocked the Philadelphia Eagles out of the playoffs before falling to the Bears. Another solid year by Drew Brees and progress by Reggie Bush gets them into contention again; they're at 12/1 title odds.

The Bengals are listed with 15/1 championship odds right now, despite the fact that they missed the playoffs altogether last year. Cincinnati has had all sorts of problems keeping their players out of legal trouble, but if they can reduce those off-field distractions they could be a contender again.

The Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West division last year over the Rams with a record of just 9-7, are also pegged at 15/1.

The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Seahawks last year on Wild Card Weekend, and they'll be led by new head coach Wade Phillips this season; oddsmakers have them listed with 20/1 Super Bowl odds right now.

That puts them just ahead of the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers, who are all currently listed at 25/1 odds to win the '08 Super Bowl.

The New York Giants made the playoffs with just an 8-8 record in the NFC last year; they're listed at 30/1 to bring home the title this year. The Carolina Panthers, who lost a playoff berth on a tiebreaker to the Giants, are also pegged at 30/1. The St. Louis Rams (40/1), San Francisco 49ers (45/1), Green Bay Packers (50/1), and Minnesota Vikings (50/1) are next on the chart, and the Washington Redskins are pegged at 50/1 odds too.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went just 4-12 in 2006, and finished with the second-worst record in the NFC.

The Bucs, though, are still at respectable 60/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this year. That puts them ahead of Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans, who surged to an 8-8 record in 2006 but are well back at 70/1 odds to become the champs.

Each of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins are near the bottom of the Vegas Super Bowl odds list at 75/1 right now, but that still puts them ahead of the current four bottom feeders.

The Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans are back at 100/1 odds, and the Detroit Lions are listed at 125/1 odds. At the absolute bottom? The Oakland Raiders, at a longshot 150/1.

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