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2014 Super Bowl Odds: Vegas backs Panthers rise in rankings

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Earlier this week I wrote that the Panthers (14-1) are a viable Super Bowl contender. Looks like Vegas agrees with me. Their odds are as high as they've been all season long on Bovada.lv. As recently as Week 7 they were 150-1. That's what a five-game winning streak will do for you, and it's a reminder of how quickly things can change in the NFL.

The real reason I keep talking about this though? To remind you about my preseason sleeper for the Super Bowl. If you say enough about it you can't jinx it.

Anyway, I wouldn't bet on the Panthers at 14-1, simply because there's no real value there, unless you're totally convinced they'll handle the Patriots (9-1) on Monday night this week. If they do that we might not see them this low again barring a serious losing streak. I buy into the idea that a team with Cam Newton at quarterback and a defense featuring Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short -- not to mention Luke Kuechly at linebacker -- can win it all.

Cam isn't the ideal candidate to pull of a Joe Flacco-style run through the playoffs but he's breaking out in a real-quarterback-progression kind of way this season. Don't rule it out.

Notable Movement

  • The Rams (750-1) and Vikings (750-1) staved off "elimination" with their wins this week! Your move, Bills (1000-1).
  • More NFC North movement after this weekend, with the Lions (20-1) doing a steady climb after beating the Bears (50-1). Chicago and the Packers (25-1) continue their quick descents thanks to quarterback injuries.
  • The NFC East is so hilariously wide open. The Giants (50-1) started the season 0-6! The Eagles (33-1) are probably my pick for the "favorite" but they're tied with the Cowboys (33-1) in real life so why not Vegas too?
  • The Cardinals (100-1) are creeping and might be a nice little investment given their schedule.
  • The Jets (75-1) are in the playoffs if the season ended today. What a world we live in.
TeamWeek 10 Odds
Week 11 Odds
Trend
TeamWeek 10 Odds
Week 11 Odds
Trend
Broncos10-210-3Jets
100-175-1
Seahawks5-14-1Cardinals
200-1100-1
Saints9-115-2Steelers
250-1100-1
Patriots9-19-1Chargers
75-1100-1
49ers15-210-1Browns
200-1150-1
Chiefs12-112-1Dolphins
75-1150-1
Panthers28-114-1Titans
100-1150-1
Colts12-118-1Redskins
100-1150-1
Lions33-120-1Texans
150-1500-1
Bengals18-125-1Rams
1000-1500-1
Packers14-125-1Falcons
500-1750-1
Cowboys25-133-1Vikings
1000-1750-1
Eagles66-133-1Raiders
500-1750-1
Bears33-150-1Bills
750-11000-1
Giants75-150-1Buccaneers
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Ravens100-166-1Jaguars
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