The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2014 season 8-1 straight up and 6-2-1 against the spread over their last nine games. The Seahawks will be looking for their third straight Super Bowl berth this season as one of the betting favorites on the odds to win Super Bowl 50.
Seattle is currently going off at 6/1 to win Super Bowl 50, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Getting quarterback Russell Wilson locked up long-term was good for both Wilson and the Seahawks as the quarterback's contract status will no longer loom over the season as a distraction.
In addition, tight end Jimmy Graham and rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett should help make the Seahawks' offense even more dangerous around Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks are co-favorites with the Green Bay Packers, who are also going off at 6/1 on the Super Bowl betting futures. The Packers had the best scoring offense in the NFL last season, averaging 30.4 points per game, and were one improbable blowup in the NFC Championship Game away from a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.
Green Bay should cruise through the NFC North and be firmly in the mix when the postseason rolls around.
The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos are both up to 14/1 to win the Super Bowl at the sportsbooks. Dallas lost DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles (22/1) this offseason, but the Cowboys expect to get production out of Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle behind their strong offensive line.
The Cowboys went 13-4 SU and 11-6 ATS over their last 17 games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
Denver's 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the postseason last year felt like a passing of the torch to many football fans. Peyton Manning was ineffective down the stretch, and as a result, many NFL bettors are overlooking the Broncos this season.
But playing in the weak AFC West division the Broncos should still be a factor in the season ahead, especially if Manning bounces back strong as he has before.
Other teams expected to contend for Super Bowl 50 and their latest betting lines to win the championship include the Indianapolis Colts (9/1), New England Patriots (9/1), Pittsburgh Steelers (18/1), Baltimore Ravens (22/1), and New York Giants (25/1).