Five Unbeaten Teams Enter NFL Week 6Published October 18, 2009 by OCR Editor
Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants overtake New England for Super Bowl odds favoritism.
Five weeks into the National Football League season, there are still five unbeaten teams - Indianapolis, Denver, Minnesota, New York Giants and New Orleans - an extraordinary statistic that has turned the season betting odds on its head.
The Indianapolis Colts have assumed favoritism at most bookmakers, including Ladbrokes (5/1) and William Hill (7/1). Paddy Power also lists the Colts at 7/1, but behind the New York Giants, who are 6/1 to win their second Super Bowl in three years.
The New Orleans Saints are third favorites, hovering between 6/1 to 15/2 at the three bookmakers, just ahead of pre-season favorites New England, who despite losing two of their first give games are still listed as 9/1 at all three aforementioned bookmakers. Minnesota is 10/1 at all three bookies, while Denver's 16/1 odds suggest they are considered the luckiest of the unbeaten teams.
Most of the attention in this week's betting will be on whether the five unbeaten teams can continue their runs.
Two of those teams, the Giants and the Saints, face each other in the biggest match of the season so far. And while the Giants are rater higher in Super Bowl odds, the Saints' home ground advantage has them going into the game as firm favorites (4/7 at Ladbrokes, 10/19 at both William Hill and Paddy Power).
Minnesota go into their home game against the Baltimore Ravens a 5/7 Ladbrokes favorite, while not surprisingly the odds suggest Denver's run will come to an end - Ladbrokes is offering 8/5 for the Broncos to win at San Diego, while the Chargers are 10/19 for the victory.
Indianapolis is the only team certain to go into week seven unbeaten - the Colts have a rest this weekend.