NFC Favored Over AFC in Early Betting Lines for Super Bowl 50

The NFC has the two best teams in the NFL this season according to oddsmakers, which is why the conference is a very early 2.5-point favorite to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016.
The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks are the favorites atop the futures betting board at 5/1 and 13/2 odds, respectively, to win the big game while the Indianapolis Colts are the AFC’s top Super Bowl contender at 8/1.
The NFC is also a -130 favorite (bet $130 to win $100) to win it straight-up based on the early moneyline with the AFC currently coming in as a +110 underdog (bet $100 to win $110).
The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are 10/1 to become the first team to repeat since they accomplished the feat 11 years ago. Of course New England’s chances will be impacted by quarterback Tom Brady’s availability early in the regular season pending the appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate saga.
Home-field advantage could again determine who represents the AFC in the Super Bowl, with New England holding that edge last year and routing the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game.
However, the Denver Broncos (12/1) and Pittsburgh Steelers (22/1) are two other AFC teams with a shot at making it to Super Bowl 50 this season, and both lost at home in the playoffs last year.
The Seahawks definitely took advantage of their home field though to rally back and beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, trailing 16-0 before earning a hard-fought 28-22 overtime victory.
The San Francisco 49ers (40/1) are hosting Super Bowl 50 and were a legitimate threat to win the NFL championship early last season before the wheels fell off following a 4-2 start. The 49ers won the conference title three years ago before Seattle took over as the best team in the NFC West, and no team has ever won the Super Bowl in its home stadium.
The Arizona Cardinals (25/1) gave it a good run in 2014 in hopes of playing Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium but ultimately did not have starting quarterback Carson Palmer or backup Drew Stanton available in the postseason due to injuries.
While San Francisco and Arizona seem like longshots to challenge the Seahawks in the conference and the division, two others teams that have a chance to get to the Super Bowl are the NFC East’s Dallas Cowboys (12/1) and Philadelphia Eagles (20/1).
The Eagles inked former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray as a free agent in the offseason after he led the league in rushing, which will be an intriguing storyline this year as both teams compete for the division title.
Adding Dallas and Philadelphia to the mix, the NFC also has four of the top seven teams from a futures betting perspective and offers another couple of offensive-minded squads that impact the early Super Bowl total of 50.5.
Last year, it was Brady’s two fourth-quarter touchdown passes that pushed New England past Seattle 28-24 and OVER the closing total in the Super Bowl for the third time in a row.