The Indianapolis Colts are the favorites at +120 and are followed in Super Bowl betting by the New Orleans Saints at +200, the Minnesota Vikings at +400 and the New York Jets at +550.
Super Bowl odds may favor the Colts but the Jets are very confident after winning two straight playoff games for the first time in 28 years. “We believed the whole time, the whole year, when probably it wasn’t the popular choice,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “But here we are.” The Jets will have to beat the current favorite in Super Bowl odds, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are 7.5 point favorites at home on Sunday against the Jets in the AFC Championship.
The Colts began the playoffs as the 8-5 favorite in Super Bowl odds. They are now 6-5 in Super Bowl betting. The Jets started the playoffs as about a 25-1 choice in Super Bowl odds and now they are less than 6-1. The Jets and Colts met less than a month ago and that was the game in which Indianapolis pulled their starters when leading 15-10. The Colts went on to lose that game 29-15. It was a decision that was very controversial since the Colts could have finished with a perfect regular season record had they not rested their starters. If they had beaten the Jets in that game then New York wouldn’t even have made the playoffs. Now the teams get a rematch with a Super Bowl berth on the line. “It was a heck of a game for a half and a little bit of change,” Ryan said, “We know that they’re extremely talented. It’s going to take our best effort and we’ll see if that’s good enough.”
The NFC Championship will have the New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints are 4-point favorites as they try and reach their first-ever Super Bowl. The Saints were a 5-2 choice in Super Bowl odds when the playoffs began and now they are 2-1. The Vikings were a 7-2 choice in Super Bowl betting before the playoffs began and their Super Bowl odds are about the same today. “This is what I came back for,” said Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, “This is what this team expected. We know what we’re capable of.” The Vikings are still underdogs though in Super Bowl betting since they are on the road vs. the Saints in the NFC title game.