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This has been an interesting NFL season to say the least, as we approach the midway point heading into Week 9.
For starters, the Arizona Cardinals have the best record in football, and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t far behind. Short of their loss on Monday Night Football, the Cowboys have been the talk of the NFL season up to this point. They are currently tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East and look to be in good shape to make a playoff run.
But the bad news for Dallas is that quarterback Tony Romo suffered an injury on Monday against the Redskins, though he did return. Still, as this week continues on, the status of Romo remains unknown. And should Romo not be able to go this week (against Arizona ironically enough), and if this continues to affect him, Dallas could be in trouble.
It hasn’t yet shifted the Cowboys betting lines to win the Super Bowl this season however. Dallas remains a top-five favorite halfway through the season. At 14/1, the Cowboys are behind only Denver, Seattle, New England, and Green Bay.
The Broncos and Seahawks began the season as favorites, and remain there. This is in spite of Seattle playing poor by their standards this season, already with three losses. That equals their total number of losses the entire season a year ago on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.
While there is cause for concern, the Seahawks have not yet pushed the panic button. There has been some headlines coming out of the home of the 12th man of late though, including the trade made to send Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for virtually nothing. While Harvin didn’t play much last season, he is certainly a dynamic playmaker.
Looking at the Super Bowl XLIX betting odds, there are some teams the pay attention to. Outside of those already mentioned, one of the teams on the list has to be the Detroit Lions. At 6-2, the Lions already have a win over Green Bay and are looking good in the NFC North. Calvin Johnson has remained sidelined, but is expected to return. In his absence, quarterback Matthew Stafford has elevated his play, and developed a nice rapport with receiver Golden Tate. This could pay off big when Johnson returns, with defenses having to account for multiple threats in the passing game.
One team that has taken a fall from a hot start has been the Cincinnati Bengals. The loss of A.J. Green for the last several weeks has hurt quarterback Andy Dalton. The AFC North division might be the best in the NFL from top to bottom. Every team in the division is over .500, which is quite impressive. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just threw for over 500 yards and six touchdowns!
While the teams mentioned already are still in contention, there are some teams that aren’t so lucky. One of those (to the surprise of many) are the Atlanta Falcons. After blowing a 21-0 lead in London last week, the Falcons sit at 2-6. While they are only two games out of first place because the division is bad this season, Atlanta’s year is pretty much over. The injuries to the offensive line have been too much to overcome, and a wager on Atlanta to win it all now sits at 300/1.
Below, check out the full set of Super Bowl 49 betting odds that LatestBettingOdds.com has on display from Bovada.