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Sports books post Seahawks as Super Bowl favorites over Broncos

With playoffs set, NFC listed as 1.5-point favorite over AFC in Super Bowl

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle.

Super Bowl odds

  • Seahawks 2-to-1
  • Broncos 5-to-2
  • Patriots 7-to-1
  • 49ers 7-to-1
  • Panthers 10-to-1
  • Packers 16-to-1
  • Bengals 16-to-1
  • Saints 25-to-1
  • Colts 25-to-1
  • Eagles 25-to-1
  • Chiefs 30-to-1
  • Chargers 40-to-1
  • Numbers from LVH Superbook

AFC Championship odds

  • Broncos 5-to-8
  • Patriots 3-to-1
  • Bengals 6-to-1
  • Colts 11-to-1
  • Chiefs 13-to-1
  • Chargers 17-to-1
  • Numbers from LVH Superbook

NFC Championship odds

  • Seahawks 4-to-5
  • 49ers 7-to-2
  • Panthers 5-to-1
  • Packers 8-to-1
  • Saints 12-to-1
  • Eagles 12-to-1
  • Numbers from LVH Superbook

Pundits called the Denver Broncos the best team in the NFL all year as Peyton Manning shattered records in a season that will likely earn him a fifth career MVP award.

Manning set new high marks with 55 passing touchdowns, 5,477 passing yards and 606 team points. He’d surely give it all away for a second Super Bowl — something he’s not favored to attain.

Future odds sway towards Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks for that distinction.

With the NFL playoffs now set, Las Vegas sports books trickled out their revised future odds to win the Super Bowl Monday morning. The 13-3 NFC regular-season champion Seahawks were ahead of their AFC counterpart Broncos all over town.

The LVH Superbook posted the Seahawks at 2-to-1 to earn the Lombardi Trophy Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Broncos at 5-to-2.

The NFC representative is listed as a 1.5-point favorite over the AFC team in the game.

At 11-5 against the spread, the Seahawks were slightly more profitable to bet on than the Broncos over the course of the season. Denver finished 10-5-1 against the Vegas number.

But the Broncos were the Super Bowl favorite from the beginning of the year until week 16 when the Seahawks surpassed them. Seattle shut out the New York Giants, 23-0, on the road that weekend while the Broncos fell 27-20 at home to the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers (9-7 straight-up, 9-6-1 against the spread) are the big surprise in the 2013 playoffs. They were 300-to-1 to win the Super Bowl going into the week 16 game against the Broncos with postseason hopes looking glum.

San Diego remains the longest shot in the field, but it’s down to 40-to-1.

The odds, of course, are far from gospel. Last year, the Patriots and Broncos entered the playoffs as Super Bowl co-favorites.

Neither Denver nor New England made the game, as the Ravens overcame 25-to-1 odds to become champions. It was the third straight year a team at least 16-to-1 at the beginning of the playoffs won the Super Bowl — following the Giants in 2012 and the Packers in 2011.

Teams other than the Chargers that fall into the category this season are the Green Bay Packers at 16-to-1, the Cincinnati Bengals at 16-to-1, the Philadelphia Eagles at 25-to-1, the Indianapolis Colts at 25-to-1, the New Orleans Saints at 25-to-1 and the Kansas City Chiefs at 30-to-1.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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