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Peyton Manning’s Six: How do their Football Betting Odds Look?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Peyton Manning - How do their Football Betting Odds Look?

Now that he’s enjoying a well-deserved retirement, legendary quarterback Peyton Manning is looking forward to enjoying football from the sidelines. Mr. Manning must be a bit of a dilettante because he has chosen six teams for which he will be rooting next season. Two of those teams are obvious choices; the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. He played 14 seasons with the former and four with the latter, and won Super Bowls with both. He shares connections – tenuously at best in some cases – with the four remaining teams as well. They are the New York Giants (lil’ bro Eli is their QB), the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions (they are helmed by his former coaches Adam Gase and Jim Caldwell), and the Houston Texans (whose QB is his former backup Brock Osweiler).

Now, Mr. Manning is most probably not a football betting man, but fans who bet on NFL can still have a look at the odds of winning Super Bowl LI for each of his picks, as seen below:

Denver Broncos +1925
Detroit Lions +6750
Houston Texans +3750
Indianapolis Colts +2350
Miami Dolphins +7050
New York Giants +3850

The Broncos have the better odds of the bunch, and understandably so. They are the reigning NFL champions. On the other hand, having Peyton Manning’s moral support is not quite the same as having him making plays on the gridiron. Plus, no one knows what the deal is with Von Miller. Will he resign? Will he sit out next season? I haven’t felt such suspense since Cheers. But back to the QB spot, executive VP of football operations John Elway let Osweiler go in free agency. Many people who bet on NFL saw the 25 year old as the logical choice to take over from Manning. However, both Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak support Mark Sanchez, though that doesn’t mean he’s a shoe in for position; Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are also in contention.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Miami Dolphins have the worst football betting odds out of the six. The aforementioned Gase was signed as head coach on January 9th, 2016 to replace interim coach Dan Campbell, who in turn had been appointed to replace Joe Philbin, who was fired following a 27-14 loss to the New York Jets. Fun fact: students at Harvard University used predictive analytics to try to determine the success of each NFL team for last season, and predicted the Dolphins would win Super Bowl 50. Obviously, that didn’t quite pan out, and unlike many a doomsayer, the Harvard students have not moved their prediction one year further. And while there is nothing wrong with Manning choosing his favorite teams because of emotional attachments, hopefully football betting fans will make decisions more coldly.