American football betting odds to win Super Bowl LI are down to four teams. Those four teams are the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, only two teams can make it to the Super Bowl, and only one can win it. And that team, according to the NFL Superbowl line, it’s going to be the New England Patriots. Or, as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin so succinctly put it, the “a*******.”
That is not a very fair assessment. Tom Brady is more of a d-bag – or some might say, though no one at this here online sportsbook. The ungodly wealth, the getting away with murder with nothing but a slap on the wrist, and the hot, Brazilian, supermodel wife don’t help, but they also don’t change the fact that, whether you like it, or you don’t like it, learn to love it, because he’s the best thing going today in pro football. Even though he sat out the first four games of the 2016 regular season, Brady still managed to become the most winning starting QB in the history of the NFL. If that doesn’t make him the greatest QB ever, it certainly puts him in the conversation. Additionally, he had the best touchdown-to-interception ratio (14:1) in a single season. On the other hand, and as proven by the aforementioned first four regular season games, the Pats are more than just the sum of Tom Brady’s parts.
In spite of all of the above, not everyone thinks Brady is bull goose quarterback. For example, the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America, and Sporting News, all of whom co-conspired to select the Falcons’ Matt Ryan to the All-Pro First Team over Brady. Though in all fairness Matty Ice did have the best year of his career in 2016 – throwing for 4944 yards with 38 TDs and seven picks, a 69.9 completion percentage, and a 117.1 passer rating, as well as leading Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2012.
American football betting odds to win Super Bowl LI
New England Patriots +145
Atlanta Falcons +405
Pittsburgh Steelers +905
Green Bay Packers +995
They don’t call the guy Ice for nothing, and some cool-headedness is something that the Steelers’ Antonio Brown could use on and off the gridiron. His indiscretions notwithstanding, Brown is one of the three reasons that Pittsburgh won the AFC North Division for the second time in three years and made the postseason for the third year in a row. The other two reasons are named Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell.
Finally, the team that no one expected to see in a NFL Superbowl line. The Packers were thought to be mere fodder for the upstart Dallas Cowboys, but Aaron Rodgers was like “nah, dawg, I got this.” If this had been The Quick and the Dead, Dak Prescott would have Leo “The Kid” DiCaprio, but Rodgers was Gene ‘Da Man’ Hackman. The Packs started the season as American football betting favorites, but then it seemed as if they were playing an extended pre-season. Now, they’re back on track on the NFL Superbowl line.