The Green Bay Packers haven’t even landed yet with the Lombardi trophy and the Super Bowl XLVI odds are already posted. Keep in mind at this time last year, you could have gotten 12-1 odds on the Packers in Super Bowl XLV. Unfortunately you won’t get them next year on the Pack.
Bodog.com and Pregame.com are just two of I am sure dozens that have posted Super Bowl XLVI odds. I love seeing the early Super Bowl odds a year ahead of time. I don’t care what anyone tells you but there is no science to this stuff at all. I think it all just rests on overall public opinion because nobody has a clue as to what any of the 32 NFL teams will look like at the start of the next season. Coaching I am sure plays a part in it but if you have some inside knowledge or a gut feeling you can get some great Super Bowl XLVI lines for your Super Bowl pick.
The Green Bay Packers come in as the 7-1 favorite on Bodog.com and second overall favorite at 11-1 on pregame.com. That is a lot more respect than the New Orleans Saints got last season when they weren’t even in the top three favorites to win Super Bowl XLV just a few days after beating the Colts. It should be pointed out that the San Diego Chargers were the overall second favorite last year at this time and well, we know how that turned out. Again, this stuff is far from a science.
Once again the San Diego Chargers are one of the top three and that blows my mind. On pregame.com, the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers both get 13-1 odds to win the big one, while Bodog.com gives the Steelers an edge with 10-1 odds. I like the Chargers but what did they do this season to make you think they will be on par with the Steelers in 2012? I am missing it and if there is a lesson to be learned over the last few years, it is that sports gamblers overvalue the Chargers ever season.
So here we sit on Monday morning after the Super Bowl not even knowing whether there will be a 2011-12 NFL season and sports books are already laying odds for the next Super Bowl. Take these odds for what they are worth, which isn’t a whole lot in the grand scheme of things but you never know? If you played the Bears last year with 35-1 odds you were looking pretty good right before halftime of the NFC title game. Even at 12-1 odds last year, there are some Packers fans enjoying the big win with a few extra bucks in their pockets today.