Patriots, Packers starting season as favorites to win Super Bowl 52
If oddsmakers are correct, Tom Brady’s New England Patriots will meet Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018.
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com
This based on their future odds to win the big game, with the Patriots listed as the +325 favorites (bet $100 to win $325) to repeat followed by the Packers at +800.
Last year, New England beat the odds of having Brady miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension and then overcame a 25-point deficit in the Super Bowl to top the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Brady ended up winning MVP of the Super Bowl after completing 43-of-62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns.
Both Brady and Rodgers are front runners to win NFL MVP honors this season, and each of them has previously won the award twice. For Rodgers, he played like the league MVP in the second half of last year, leading Green Bay to six straight wins to close out the regular season followed by an upset of the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs.
Rodgers will need his teammates to stay healthy on both sides of the ball this year in order to have a shot at winning his second Super Bowl.
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons won NFL MVP last season, although he heads into this year hoping to forget about that devastating Super Bowl collapse. The Falcons are tied as the +1200 fourth choice to win Super Bowl 52 along with the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, and they will need to get over that tough loss in order to repeat as champs in the NFC South and the conference overall.
The Seahawks and Steelers are two other top contenders to keep an eye on in addition to the Oakland Raiders, who are the +1000 third choice to win Super Bowl 52. Like New England, Green Bay and Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Oakland will also all be counting on MVP candidates at quarterback to give them a chance at winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers and Derek Carr of the Raiders know one of the keys is home-field advantage, so earning the best record in their respective conferences could be the difference.
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