Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 6:15 p.m.
Neither the New England Patriots nor the Green Bay Packers finished last season the way they wanted.
The New York Giants eliminated both teams from the NFL playoffs. The Patriots fell to the Giants, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLV. The Packers failed to win a game in the postseason, as the Giants soared past them, 37-20, in the NFC Divisional round.
Green Bay and New England have a golden opportunity to bounce back this year, however, according to one prominent Las Vegas sports book. Cantor Gaming lists the Packers and Patriots as favorites in every one of their games for the upcoming season.
Cantor released its full-season NFL lines to much fanfare Wednesday morning. It’s the fourth straight year Cantor has put out odds on every game — with the exception of week 17 contests because of the amount of players who rest in the usually meaningless games — well before the season.
But the release date was nearly two months earlier than normal in 2012, illustrating the demand and attention the NFL draws from bettors.
No teams were favored in every game at Cantor last year. But the Carolina Panthers, who ended up going 6-10 behind Rookie of the Year Quarterback Cam Newton, were underdogs in every game.
This season, Cantor posted the Cleveland Browns as underdogs in all 15 lined games. The Browns went 4-12 last season.
Despite the acquisition of Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos are only favored in seven of 15 games at Cantor. Denver has three pick’em contests on the schedule and is getting points in five games.
One of the most anticipated regular season matchups comes on Oct. 7 when Denver visits New England for the renewal of the rivalry between Manning and Tom Brady. Cantor lists New England as 7-point favorites in the contest.
The defending Super Bowl Champion Giants are favored in seven games with two pick ’em contests. They’re underdogs in six games, including a Sunday Night Football affair with the Packers on Thanksgiving weekend.
Although the game takes place at MetLife Stadium, Cantor posted Green Bay as 3-point favorites over New York.
Other outliers include the Philadelphia Eagles, favored in 13 of 15 games, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, underdogs every week except for a Nov. 8 matchup at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
Check below for a team-by-team list of Cantor’s odds from the upcoming 2012 NFL regular season.
Arizona Cardinals: Underdogs in 11 of 15 games
Atlanta Falcons: Favorites in eight games, underdogs in six games with one pick ’em
Baltimore Ravens: Favorites in 10 of 15 games
Buffalo Bills: Favorites in eight of 15 games
Carolina Panthers: Underdogs in seven games, favorites in six games with two pick ’ems
Chicago Bears: Favorites in 11 of 15 games
Cincinnati Bengals: Underdogs in seven games, favorites in six games with two pick ’ems
Cleveland Browns: Underdogs in all 15 games
Dallas Cowboys: Underdogs in 9 of 15 games
Denver Broncos: Favorites in seven games, underdogs in five games with three pick ’ems
Detroit Lions: Favorites in 10 of 15 games
Green Bay Packers: Favorites in all 15 games
Houston Texans: Favorites in nine games, underdogs in four games with two pick ’ems
Indianapolis Colts: Underdogs in 11 games, favorites in three games with one pick ’em
Jacksonville Jaguars: Underdogs in 14 of 15 games
Kansas City Chiefs: Underdogs in seven games, favorites in six games with two pick ’ems
Miami Dolphins: Favorites in eight of 15 games
Minnesota Vikings: Underdogs in 11 games, favorites in three games with one pick ’em
New England Patriots: Favorites in all 15 games
New Orleans Saints: Favorites in 11 of 15 games
New York Giants: Favorites in seven games, underdogs in six games with two pick ’ems
New York Jets: Favorites in eight games, underdogs in five games with two pick ’ems
Oakland Raiders: Underdogs in 10 games, favorites in four games with one pick ’em
Philadelphia Eagles: Favorites in 13 of 15 games
Pittsburgh Steelers: Favorites in 11 of 15 games
San Diego Chargers: Favorites in 10 games, underdogs in four games with one pick ’em
San Francisco 49ers: Favorites in 11 games, underdogs in four games
Seattle Seahawks: Favorites in five games, underdogs in 10 games
Saint Louis Rams: Underdogs in 12 games, favorites in two games with one pick ’em
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Underdogs in 12 games, favorites in two games with one pick ’em
Tennessee Titans: Underdogs in 10 games, favorites in two games with three pick ’ems
Washington Redskins: Underdogs in 10 games, favorites in four games with one pick ’emCase Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.