Panthers Travel Long Road to Top Super Bowl Odds at Sportsbooks

It has been a slow and steady climb for the Carolina Panthers, who enter Super Bowl 50 as -220 chalk after opening the 2015 NFL campaign at a distant +5000 on those futures at the sportsbooks.
The Panthers were treated with caution following a 2014 NFL season in which they won just three of their first 12 contests, before running the table down the stretch to claim the NFC South title with a middling 7-8-1 record.
Carolina dominated right out of the gate this season, kicking off a 15-game straight-up winning streak with against-the-spread victories in three of their first four contests, rewarding bettors as 3-point chalk in each.
But it was not until Week 6, and Carolina’s stunning 27-23 road victory over the Seattle Seahawks as 7-point underdogs, that the Panthers’ Super Bowl odds would finally get a lift, rising to +2000.
Another upset victory, a 37-29 win over the preseason favorite Green Bay Packers as 2.5-point favorites, finally powered the Panthers to the Super Bowl odds upper echelon in early November, with +900 odds.
Despite continuing their winning ways into the holiday season, Carolina continued to trail the NFL futures leaders, most notably the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, until claiming the mantle of +300 Super Bowl favorites after improving to 13-0 with a 41-38 Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Panthers’ disappointing 20-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16 temporarily bounced them from top spot, before returning to their perch following their 31-24 win over Seattle on Divisional Playoff Weekend.
The Denver Broncos, currently +180 Super Bowl longshots, opened their campaign amid much higher expectations, at a solid +1400.
With SU victories in their first seven outings, the Broncos quickly climbed the Super Bowl odds, trailing only the Patriots and Packers with +800 odds following a lopsided 29-10 victory over Green Bay in Week 8.
However, the second half was less kind to Denver, with the club following up their win over the Packers with losses to Indianapolis and Kansas City, while their chances were further complicated by the loss of pivot Peyton Manning to a foot injury that sidelined him for six weeks, sinking them to +1800.
It was a roller coaster ride at the sportsbooks for the Broncos down the stretch, with the club rebounding to +850 following three straight victories, before again tailing off to +1400 following losses to Pittsburgh and Oakland. However, they defied the odds in the postseason with a stunning 20-18 AFC Championship Game win over the Patriots, claiming victory while pegged as the +400 Super Bowl longshots.