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Surprise teams drawing early Super Bowl XLVIII action

Confetti is still blowing around the cold streets of Baltimore, where the Ravens celebrated their Super Bowl XLVII championship this week. But for NFL bettors, it’s never too early to get a jump on next year’s Big Game.

Sportsbooks posted Super Bowl XLVIII futures odds in the weeks leading into last Sunday’s contest and have already taken action on some surprise contenders. Here’s a look at which teams early-bird Super Bowl bettors are siding with:

Seattle Seahawks +1,200

The Seahawks have been the most popular Super Bowl XLVIII bet both online and in Las Vegas. The MGM Mirage opened Seattle at +1,200 and moved all the way to +800, with early money banking on Russell Wilson to avoid the sophomore slump and get the Seahawks to MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 in his second year in the league.

Washington Redskins +2,800


Another second-year QB is winning over Super Bowl XLVIII futures shoppers, even though Robert Griffin III’s status for 2013 is up in the air after shredding his knee. Washington won a competitive NFC East and who knows what would have happened if RG3 was healthy. The Redskins aren’t the only team in their division taking early action. Philadelphia (+3,000) and New York (+2,000) also have their backings.

New Orleans Saints +1,500

Depending on where you shop, the Saints bounce between +1,500 and +2,000 to win Super Bowl XLVIII. New Orleans was hampered by “Bounty Gate” this past season and struggled to stop teams on defense. They return head coach Sean Payton to the sideline and should be back in the mix in the NFC South, football’s toughest division.

Cleveland Browns +8,000

Believe it or not, there is a group of people who think Cleveland has more than a snowball’s chance of making the Big Game next year. According to Jay Rood, sportsbook director at the MGM Mirage, the Browns have moved from +10,000 to +6,000 since Super Bowl XLVIII odds went up three weeks ago. Some of that faith is based on rumors that Alex Smith may be headed to Cleveland this offseason.

Odds and information courtesy of BetOnline.ag, Bet365.com and MGM Mirage Las Vegas.

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Posted by sportsfamilymal
1 year ago

Love seahawks. But niners really have great power. I have a new store for NFL. plz visit here: www.sportsfamilymall.com
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Posted by Skubishack
1 year ago

The only team listed that is worth a breath here is the Saints who have proven they can get it done... and if they make it to face Peyton Manning again... Saints will win it. Personally I don't think that they can turn it around on defense in just one off-season. The other teams here are not gonna sniff the Super Bowl. Seattle in an injury away from last place in the up and coming NFC West as the best division in the NFC. The Rams and Cards are only a step behind Seattle who is two steps behind the Niners.
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Posted by biggiantkiller
1 year ago

st; louis
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Posted by MagicBoy
1 year ago

seattle seahawks im ready for this next year already
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Posted by garretdoherty
1 year ago

yeah terrible odds there all round betfair seattle -16 washington 36 n.orleans 22 cleveland 160
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Posted by RussianHiller
1 year ago

No value anymore in betting the Seahawks at 12-1. They still have to get past the 49ers. Realistically you're better off waiting until the playoffs start and betting single games to win.
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Posted by shotsatspot
1 year ago

Love the Seahawks and Redskin picks, but it doesnt matter who the Beowns bring in to play quarterback, there still the Browns!!!!
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Posted by MagicBoy
1 year ago

"seattle seahawks im ready for this next year already "