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Super Bowl Odds: Patriots Leading the Futures, Broncos Back in Pack

Even with Tom Brady expected to start the season watching from the sidelines the New England Patriots are the early Super Bowl favorite at top sportsbook Bovada.

Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated by the courts not too long ago meaning the starting QB for the Patriots in Week 1 will be Jimmy Garoppolo if the ban holds up. That’s the Jimmy Garoppolo who has attempted a total of 31 passes in the NFL.

Four games may be 25 percent of the regular season, but as long as New England can pick up a couple wins with Garoppolo at the helm, making the playoffs should be no problem. That is why the Patriots are a +700 favorite on the Super Bowl future odds at Bovada.

The Super Bowl favorite from the NFC heading into the new season is the Seattle Seahawks at +800. Beast Mode may be over in Seattle following Marshawn Lynch’s retirement, but he only played in seven games last season so they should be used to playing without him. The Seattle offense, which ranked fourth overall last season, shouldn’t miss a beat with Russell Wilson behind centre.

Two teams share the No. 3 spot on the Super Bowl futures, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both at +1000.

The Steelers offense should be fierce this season, if they can avoid the injuries that plagued them last season. The three-headed monster of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown make Pittsburgh lethal on the ground and in the air, but all three missed time with injuries last season.

Green Bay had the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2014. Last year they were 15th. Part of the problem was losing wide receiver Jordy Nelson before the season even started and a disappointing year from running back Eddie Lacy. With Nelson back and Lacy having reportedly shed a few pounds the Packers offense looks primed to bounce back.

What about the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos? They’ve dropped down to a +1800 underdog at Bovada. That will happen when your Hall of Fame quarterback retires (Peyton Manning) and his backup, Brock Osweiler, departs for Houston. The contract dispute with the defensive MVP Von Miller also bears watching heading into the season.