NFL: Patriots Super Bowl Odds FavoritesPublished September 14, 2009 by OCR Editor
Perennial contenders the New England Patriots are back in familiar territory, starting the 2009/10 season as favorite to win Super Bowl XLIV.
AFC teams dominate betting odds for Super Bowl XLIV.
With champion quarterback Tom Brady back in the side after missing a year through injury, the Pats are strong 9/2 favorites with all major bookmakers to make up for the disappointment of the last two seasons, in which they lost out on the ultimate success after being raging favorites at the beginning.
In a season that appears set to be dominated by one side of the draw, the Patriots' main challengers will be fellow AFC teams San Diego and Pittsburgh.
The Patriots face their first challenge, and Brady his first down since injury, Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.
The Chargers enter the season 8/1 at both William Hill and Paddy Power to win the Super Bowl, and 9/1 at Ladbrokes, while the defending champion Steelers are 8/1 at William Hill, 9/1 at Paddy Power and 10/1 at Ladbrokes.
William Hill is still offering the most generous odds for the next batch of contenders, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, who are both 14/1 for the title. The NFC East is shaping up as the league's tightest division, as the five-time champion Dallas Cowboys are also within the first few lines of betting, currently listed as 16/1 at William Hill and Ladbrokes.
With around a dozen teams hovering around the 20/1 mark and stronger, another slip up or injury problems on New England's part will blow the season wide open to a whole array of contenders.
At the other end, the Detroit Lions seem to the longest shot, with odds as long as 200/1 at Ladbrokes.