Gambling in sports is a big business where hundreds of millions of dollars are turned over annually. If you go to Vegas, you can throw a bet down on anything from who wins the coin toss in the Super Bowl to who commits the first penalty, to who throws the most strikeouts in a World Series game to anything in between. Though prop bets are a fun, oftentimes ridiculous, and sometimes entertaining part of gambling in Vegas, the big money always changes hands based on who wins and doesn't win any given game.
The wonders of technology have allowed us to gamble on any sport anywhere in the world. If you want to throw down a wager on a cricket match, you're good. If you want to throw some money on the elephant polo game, you're covered. But while we have the ability to bet on anything and everything, there is no bigger event for gamblers and bookmakers than the Super Bowl. More money changes hands on Super Bowl betting than any other sport on the planet – which sort of makes the NFL's global marketing strategy look like a success, huh?
This year, the Vegas oddsmakers are declaring the run for the Lombardi trophy, pretty much a two team race. And it's not a very big surprise that the teams they feel are the surest bets to claim the trophy are the same two teams that squared off last season – the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
A number of teams have had tremendous offseasons, their rosters bolstered with the additions of key free agents and rookie draft picks, and have improved their odds of winning. But will it be enough? We'll find out a few short months from now.
In the meantime, if you're itchin' to throw a little money around, here are the 10 teams Vegas thinks have the best chance of winning the Super Bowl.
10 Pittsburgh Steelers (28/1)
9 Philadelphia Eagles (25/1)
8 T7. Indianapolis Colts (14/1)
7 T7. Chicago Bears (14/1)
6 New Orleans Saints (12/1)
5 Green Bay Packers (10/1)
4 T2. San Francisco 49ers (15/2)
3 T2. New England Patriots (15/2)
2 T2. Seattle Seahawks (15/2)
1 Denver Broncos (13/2)
After being humiliated by Pete Carroll and the Seahawks in last season's Super Bowl, the Broncos went to work and retooled their defense with additions like Demarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, and TJ Ward. They lost Eric Decker to the Jets (who grossly overpaid for him) but added playmakers like Cody Latimer to compliment Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in one of the most explosive offenses in the league. An offense of course, headed up by one of the best QB's to ever play the game – Peyton Manning. With the bitter taste of last season's humbling defeat still in their mouths, look for the Broncos to make some noise this season. Throwing some money down on them might not be such a bad idea.
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