High-Scoring Cardinals Join Patriots Atop Super Bowl 50 Odds

Following last week’s 38-8 rout of the Green Bay Packers, a ninth straight win that puts top spot in the NFC standings within their reach, the Arizona Cardinals have continued their ascent on the Super Bowl 50 odds, joining the New England Patriots as 7/2 co-favorites at the sportsbooks.
It has been a steady climb for the Cardinals, who were pegged at a distant 40/1 in the preseason, but quickly rocketed to 14/1 after opening their campaign with three lopsided wins.
Arizona has not eased up since, posting a league-leading 32.2 points per game, eclipsing that point total in five of their past eight en route to a 13-2 overall record and the NFC West division crown.
The Patriots hold steady at 7/2 entering Week 17, despite recent shaky play that threatens their hold on first place in the AFC standings.
Plagued by injuries that have ravaged their receiving corps, New England enters Sunday afternoon’s Patriots vs. Dolphins matchup at Sun Life Stadium with just two SU wins in their past five, and now holds just a one-game lead over Denver in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Carolina Panthers saw their bid for a perfect season spoiled in last week’s 20-13 loss to Atlanta, dipping their Super Bowl 50 odds to 5/1.
The 14-1 Panthers maintain their perch atop the NFC, but a loss this weekend to Tampa Bay, combined with an Arizona victory in their clash with Seattle, would drop Carolina to second in the conference, and send them into the postseason on their first losing streak since November 2014.
The Seahawks saw their recent five-game SU win streak halted last weekend, dropping a 23-17 decision to the St. Louis Rams.
However, Seattle continues to play outstanding defense, holding opponents to just 15.3 points per game over their past six, and maintain strong 15/2 odds in NFL futures betting.
The Broncos ended a two-game slide and a real risk of falling out of playoff contention with last weekend’s 20-17 comeback victory over Cincinnati, bolstering their 10/1 Super Bowl 50 odds.
While Denver remains within reach of first place in the conference, a loss in their regular-season finale against San Diego, combined with a win by the streaking Kansas City Chiefs, would force the Broncos to settle for a Wild Card berth and starting the postseason on the road.
The Chiefs take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 17, riding a nine-game SU win streak that has propelled their Super Bowl odds to 14/1, after languishing at 300/1 in late October.
The 9-6 Pittsburgh Steelers remain outside the playoff picture, trailing the Chiefs and New York Jets by one game in the AFC Wild Card hunt, but still maintain strong 16/1 odds.
The Steelers are joined at 16/1 by the struggling Packers, who take on Minnesota this weekend in a battle for the NFC North crown, while the Bengals trail at 18/1.
The Vikings and Jets are deadlocked with distant 33/1 Super Bowl odds, ahead of the NFC East champion Washington Redskins at 50/1, and the Houston Texans, who sit as 66/1 betting longshots.