Oddmakers Speak on who They Like For Superbowl XLII

Now that the 2006-07 season is officially over (minus the countless Pro Bowl this Sunday), odds are already out for who is going to appear in next years Super Bowl, which will take place in Glendale Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals (could be the closest any Cardinals team ever gets to the Bowl). Below is the complete list of odds as it stands as of today – February 6th.

San Diego Chargers 6-1

Indianapolis Colts 6-1

Chicago Bears 8-1

New England Patriots 8-1

Baltimore Ravens 12-1

Cincinnati Bengals 15-1

Dallas Cowboys 15-1

Denver Broncos 15-1

Philadelphia Eagles 15-1

Pittsburgh Steelers 15-1

Carolina Panthers 18-1

New Orleans Saints 20-1

Seattle Seahawks 20-1

New York Giants 25-1

New York Jets 30-1

Jacksonville Jaguars 30-1

Kansas City Chiefs 30-1

Miami Dolphins 40-1

Tennessee Titans 40-1

Washington Redskins 50-1

Arizona Cardinals 50-1

Atlanta Falcons 50-1

Buffalo Bills 50-1

St. Louis Rams 50-1

Cleveland Browns 100-1

Detroit Lions 100-1

Green Bay Packers 100-1

Houston Texans 100-1

Minnesota Vikings 100-1

Oakland Raiders 100-1

San Francisco 49ers 100-1

Tampa Bay Buccanneers 100-1

Couple of thoughts on these odds as they stand today:

* The Chargers are the favorites along with the Colts to make it to the big game, despite not even making it to the AFC Title game this past season. I guess that the oddsmakers are not taking into consideration that Marty is still going to be the coach in San Diego this season, meaning that they by law can never win the big game.

* Chicago is the top team in the NFC according to the odds, and I can see that, for now. I think those odds may drop a bit once the QB controversy starts in the next few weeks about who will start for this team in 2007. Let’s just say that having faith in Rex Grossman too much is a reason why the Bears are Super Bowl runner ups today instead of champs.

* How do the Panthers sit at 18-1 despite not making the playoffs, and the Saints, who if they would not have put the ball on the turf about 10 times in the NFC Title game, might have been playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl be 20-1? No doubt that Panthers coach John Fox is on the hot seat this season, and don’t forget that a former Steelers coach now lives in Carolina….Hmmmmm.

* Neither New York team gets much respect from the oddsmakers, as both the Giants are Jets are somewhat low on the oddsmakers boards. The Giants are 25-1 and the Jets 30-1. Kind of a shock considering the amount of overhype New York teams usually get, plus the fact they at least were both playoff teams in 2006.

* Most teams with new coaches are not getting much of a shot to make the big game. Best odds for a new coach making it goes to whoever the Cowboys choose as their coach, and new Steelers skipper Mike Tomlin. Both those teams are 15-1. New Dolphins coach Cam Cameron is 40-1, Cardinals coach Kent Whisenhunt is 50-1, as is new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino. Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, as expected, sits at 100-1.

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