2014 Super Bowl Odds: Vegas backs Panthers rise in rankings

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.
Team Week 10  Odds
Week 11  Odds
Trend
Team Week 10  Odds
Week 11 Odds
Trend
Denver Broncos 10-2 10-3 New York Jets
100-1 75-1
Seattle Seahawks 5-1 4-1 Arizona Cardinals
200-1 100-1
New Orleans Saints 9-1 15-2 Pittsburgh Steelers
250-1 100-1
New England Patriots 9-1 9-1 San Diego Chargers
75-1 100-1
San Francisco 49ers 15-2 10-1 Cleveland Browns
200-1 150-1
Kansas City Chiefs 12-1 12-1 Miami Dolphins
75-1 150-1
Carolina Panthers 28-1 14-1 Tennessee Titans
100-1 150-1
Indianapolis Colts 12-1 18-1 Washington Redskins
100-1 150-1
Detroit Lions 33-1 20-1 Houston Texans
150-1 500-1
Cincinnati Bengals 18-1 25-1 St. Louis Rams
1000-1 500-1
Green Bay Packers 14-1 25-1 Atlanta Falcons
500-1 750-1
Dallas Cowboys 25-1 33-1 Minnesota Vikings
1000-1 750-1
Philadelphia Eagles 66-1 33-1 Oakland Raiders
500-1 750-1
Chicago Bears 33-1 50-1 Buffalo Bills
750-1 1000-1
New York Giants 75-1 50-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OFF OFF
Baltimore Ravens 100-1 66-1 Jacksonville Jaguars
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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