Packers, Saints Early Favorites for Super Bowl XLVII!

Frank Doyle | Updated Feb 07, 2012

The end of one football season means the beginning of another – Frank Doyle looks ahead to Super Bowl XLVII in the Louisiana Superdome!

There’s only one way to deal with the sense of loss and emptiness that accompanies the end of every football season – look forward to the next one. And with that in mind, Sports Interaction has posted football betting prices on who’ll be the last men standing when the confetti falls in New Orleans in 362 days time. And counting.

Green Bay is the early favorite at +550. The Packers have the league MVP in Aaron Rodgers and they were awesome in the regular season. But that defense was always a drag on their wings and it cost them in the end. If the Pack can draft or trade on defense, they’ll be the team to beat.

No team has ever played a Super Bowl in its own stadium but the Saints are a +700 chance to do just that. New Orleans was outstanding this year and could have won the Super Bowl if it hadn’t met a team inspired in San Francisco. New England is the same price – the Patriots lost the Super Bowl of course but they’re still a formidable outfit.

Houston is the best value bet on the board at +1100. Houston has a young defense, a stud quarterback and a thousand yard back. If you set out to design the ideal football team, it’d look like the Houston Texans. The Texans don’t have the star power but don’t worry. It’s surprising how starry guys start to look when you put a ring on them.

The most surprising price on the board is San Francisco at +1800. The 49ers were outstanding this year but the feeling seems to be that there’ll be a dip after this year’s heroics. Also, while Alex Smith closed the book on his ability as a quarterback in the win over New Orleans, he opened it again with a not-very-inspirational performance against the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. It’s hard to get respect.

Carolina is a big sports betting price at +4000 – the Panthers finished the season strong and are likely to start where they left off. The Bengals are value at +4000 too.

The best longshot bet on the board may be the Redskins at +6600 – Washington could improve a lot with the addition of a quarterback and there’s a strong rumour going around that Eli Manning might be facing a very familiar foe from his childhood in the NFC East next year…