The 2013 Super Bowl odds don’t accurately reflect which teams are most likely to win rings.
Expectations are too high for multiple teams, while others didn’t get enough respect. Here are the most overrated and the most underrated of the championship contenders.
2. Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl Odds (according to Bovada): 8/1, fifth highest
The Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans are the only playoff teams that Green Bay has beaten all season long. The Packers also just got beat by Christian Freaking Ponder in a game in which a first-round bye was on the line.
1. New England Patriots
Super Bowl Odds (according to Bovada): 4/1, second highest
Only the Denver Broncos are labeled as more likely to win it all than the Pats, even though the San Francisco 49ers just dropped 41 points on them in New England. Bettors may or may not have also noticed that the Patriots offense has had a tendency to break down in February over the past several years.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl Odds (according to Bovada): 11/1, sixth highest
Apparently the Seahawks didn’t embarrass their opponents enough over the final quarter of the campaign to warrant respectable championship odds. They only outscored three of their last four opponents by 29 points or more. Seattle also has wins over the 49ers, Packers and Patriots on its resume, but it’s still considered a long shot.
1. Atlanta Falcons
Super Bowl Odds (according to Bovada): 7/1, fourth highest
Atlanta doesn’t get any respect. The road to the Super Bowl goes through the Georgia Dome, and the Falcons haven’t lost a meaningful game there all season long. And if the season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did mean anything to them, they would’ve finished with the best record in the NFL.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.