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Super Bowl 2017 odds: Patriots open playoff run as the clear Super Bowl 51 betting favorites

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With only eight teams left in the field it's the New England Patriots over the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers on the odds to win Super Bowl LI.

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The New England Patriots are 7-0 straight up and 6-1 against the spread over their last seven games. With three more wins, the Patriots could pick up their second Super Bowl title in the last three seasons.

New England is a +180 favorite to win Super Bowl LI at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

In addition to having what many perceive to be the best team this season, the Patriots also have the easiest remaining path to the Super Bowl. The Patriots are a massive favorite over the Houston Texans (+5000 to win the Super Bowl) this week, and if they win they will have home field in next week's matchup. New England has won 17 of its last 20 games as a home favorite in the playoffs.

The winner of Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers (+725) at Kansas City Chiefs (+900) matchup could give New England a challenge in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers are extremely dangerous when healthy, and this postseason they have Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell all clicking at the right time as indicated by their current 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS run.

Pittsburgh's offense may be better suited to shoot out with New England, but the gritty Chiefs could also be a threat.

The NFC playoff picture is super deep this season with four legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the Dallas Cowboys (+475), Green Bay Packers (+550), Atlanta Falcons (+800), and Seattle Seahawks (+900) remaining.

Green Bay has been playing some great football over its current 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS run, but its betting odds are a bit surprising given the team's remaining path. The Packers visit the top-seeded Cowboys this week, would be on the road again next week, and then would still face a tough matchup in the Super Bowl.

Atlanta and Seattle may be the best value bets remaining on the board. If Atlanta's red-hot offense is able to triumph over a strong defensive and playoff experienced team like Seattle, the Falcons would carry a lot of confidence and momentum into the NFC Championship Game. In fact, Atlanta has been given a solid 15 percent chance to win Super Bowl LI at PredictionMachine.com, behind only New England and Dallas.

Conversely, Seattle shutting down an offense of this caliber would propel the Seahawks back into contender mode. Bettors that have a lean in this game should consider betting that team's future odds, as well.

NFL Super Bowl 51 Odds

New England Patriots (+180)

Dallas Cowboys (+475)

Green Bay Packers (+550)

Pittsburgh Steelers (+725)

Atlanta Falcons (+800)

Kansas City Chiefs (+900)

Seattle Seahawks (+900)

Houston Texans (+5000)