Bettors Favoring Packers for Super BowlPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Before the 2016 online NFL betting season began, most online sportsbooks had the Green Bay Packers pegged as the favorites to win the NFC North. But after 11 weeks of football the Packers seemed like anything but division contenders. Before Week 12 the Packers found themselves at 4-6, 3rd place in the North and several games behind the leaders. However, amidst the growing criticism from fans and media alike, two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers didn’t blink and coolly predicted that the Packers were more than capable of running the table, winning the division, and claiming a hard-earned spot in the playoffs. This past weekend the Packers made good on Rodgers promise by beating the Lions in Detroit, capping off their 6th consecutive win to claim the NFC North.
It was quite a journey but the Packers were able to make good on the sportsbook prediction. However, Green Bay also came into the season as the favorites to win the Super Bowl and even though through most of the season it seemed like they would fail to live up to the hype, most bettors haven’t given up on the Packers yet. Green Bay’s road to another NFL title continues this upcoming Sunday when the Packers host the New York Giants in the NFC’s 2nd Wild Card matchup. This will mark the second time both these teams have faced each other with the Giants succumbing to the Packers in their first early-season matchup. Since the Packers won the first round, and since they’ll be enjoying the home field advantage the NFL’s most historic stadium provides, Green Bay will likely be coming into this contest as the favorites.
NFL Odds – NFC Wild Card – Sunday, January 8th (Full Limits Available on Game Day)
Green Bay Packers -4 (-115) 44 (-110) -210
New York Giants +4 (-105) 44 (-110) +180
As expected, the bookies are pegging the Packers as the favorites this Sunday. Green Bay will be coming into this contest with a 6-game win streak that includes 3 back-to-back wins over divisional rivals, and a win over the NFC’s 3rd seed; the Seattle Seahawks. During that 6-game period, Rodgers has failed to throw an interception and this past Sunday the 12th-year veteran threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, cementing himself in the MVP discussion. Whether or not Rodgers will be able to win his 3rd MVP remains to be seen but one thing’s for certain; the Packers have their eye on their 5th Super Bowl.
Like the Packers, the Giants have also won 4 Super Bowls. However, sharing 4 Vince Lombardi trophies might be the only thing these two teams have in common. The Packers have a 2-time MVP quarterback; the Giants have a 2-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback. Green Bay has Mike McCarthy as head coach, who will be leading the Packers to their 8th-straight playoff appearance. The Giants on the other hand have Ben McAdoo, first year head coach brought in to replace the legendary Tom Coughlin. They may both be coming in off wins against divisional opponents, but this Sunday the sportsbooks are siding with the Packers.