As the NFL gears up for Week 8 and the unofficial halfway point of the season, there are a few teams distancing themselves from the pack in terms of records. This is reflected by oddsmakers like Vegas Insider in their current odds to win the Super Bowl.
Heading into a pivotal Thursday Night Football matchup with the San Diego Chargers (5-2), the Denver Broncos (5-1) look like the class of the NFL. Vegas Insider currently lists the Broncos as the prohibitive favorite to win the Super Bowl at 3-1. A tough road loss to reigning Super Bowl champs Seattle is the only blemish on the Broncos’ record thus far.
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The Green Bay Packers (5-2) have won four in a row after early road losses to the Seahawks and Detroit Lions (also 5-2) and Vegas Insider likes the upside on Aaron Rodgers and co., listing them at 7-1 odds to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Dallas Cowboys (6-1)—led by a resurgent Tony Romo and the NFL’s leading rusher Demarco Murray (913 yards)—have won six in a row after a Week 1 loss at home to San Francisco. The signature victory in the streak was a 30-23 Week 6 win at Seattle. Oddsmakers aren’t going overboard on the Cowboys just yet (perhaps due to Romo’s playoff struggles in the past) as Vegas Insider lists them at 9-1 to win it all.
The Indianapolis Colts (5-2) are legitimate contenders as well having won five straight since losses at Denver and at home to Philadelphia in Weeks 1-2. Andrew Luck leads the NFL in passing and oddsmakers are clearly impressed by the Colts’ high-powered passing attack. Vegas Insider has them at 10-1.
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The Seattle Seahawks (3-3) have hit the wall, losing two in a row including an unlikely defeat to the St. Louis Rams (2-4) in Week 7. Oddsmakers have kept the Seahawks in the conversation though as Vegas Insider has them at 10-1 currently. Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll will likely figure out a way to make another playoff run.
Current dark horses to win the Super Bowl, according to Vegas Insider, are as follows: Arizona Cardinals (5-1 record, 12-1 odds), New England Patriots (5-2 record, 12-1 odds), San Francisco 49ers (4-3 record, 13-1 odds), San Diego Chargers (14-1 odds), Philadelphia Eagles (5-1 record, 15-1 odds) and the Baltimore Ravens (5-2 record, 18-1 odds).
The winless Oakland Raiders (0-6) are the longest of long shots at 5,000-to-1.
We will chart any significant changes in these odds in the weeks to come.