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Super Bowl XLVI: New England Patriots (15-3) vs. New York Giants (12-7)
Sunday, 2/5/12, 6:30 PM EST, TV: NBC
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Opening Point Spread: New England -3
Current Betting Line: New England -3
Opening Total: 55.5
Current Total: 54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
With Week 9 approaching, we are at about the halfway point of the NFL season. Some teams have disappointed while others have exceeded expectations. Let’s take a look at the current Super Bowl favorites, with odds according to Bodog.
The Oakland Raiders finally moved past the disastrous draft pick of quarterback JaMarcus Russell by letting him go in the offseason and trading for Jason Campbell. While Campbell will not be leading the Raiders to the Super Bowl anytime soon, he should be able to provide them with some consistency and help get them back on track to finish near the .500 mark for the first time since they earned their way to the big game back in 2002. Oakland does not have a difficult schedule this year and plays in a weak AFC West, where only the San Diego Chargers stand out as a legitimate playoff team. If Raiders head coach Tom Cable manages his solid stable of running backs Michael Bush, Darren McFadden and Michael Bennett correctly, Campbell will not be forced to make things happen on his own and should avoid mistakes. That could translate to a successful season as long as the defense stays healthy and continues to grow as well.
The Detroit Lions have a lot of reasons to be optimistic heading into this season, but they need to be careful not to grow up too fast and avoid pressing the fast forward button. The Lions are coming off one of their best NFL drafts in recent memory thanks to the absence of former Team President Matt Millen. Following up on the selection of quarterback Matthew Stafford with the top overall pick a year ago, Detroit added All-American defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and running back Javid Best in the first round and may have very well added a couple more starters in the process. Time will obviously tell if any of those players go on to become All-Pros and lead the Lions back to the playoffs, but right now they simply need to focus on getting a little better game by game. Considering they have only won two games combined over the last two years, topping that number should be a goal that is certainly within reach to achieve this season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were about as average as a team can be in the NFL last year, although that was disappointing for them. The Jaguars were hoping to be contenders again in the AFC South and instead finished in the division’s basement for the second year in a row at 7-9, which followed an even worse 5-11 campaign in 2008. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew complained about a lack of respect for his team in the offseason, but playing the Indianapolis Colts tough in two meetings just will not cut it anymore. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is definitely on the hot seat going into this season and will need much more than Jones-Drew to turn things around. Jacksonville saw seven of their eight home games blacked out a year ago due to poor attendance and might be headed elsewhere if the team continues to underachieve.