With the NFL season almost upon us, it may or may not be time to place a few bets. As a result, former Caesars oddsmaker and current sportsline.com contributor Todd Furhman stopped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to provide a little perspective.
“I think the most intriguing team to watch will be Chip Kelly and what he’s able to do with Philadelphia,” Furhman said on The DA Show. “We’ve seen them in all their glory through two preseason games. The offense looks to be clicking, but you don’t want to try to take too much away from the exhibition portion of their schedule. I’ll make the claim though that their defensive front seven is as good – not only as any team in that division, but maybe the entire NFC right now. Depth on the back side is a little bit of a concern, but offensively, if they can keep Sam Bradford healthy, I think Philadelphia is a very scary out when you look at their Super Bowl odds right around 20:1. (They’re) the most intriguing value that I’m seeing, at least as we go into Week 3 of the preseason.”
Sticking in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers remain a favorite to win the Super Bowl even without Jordy Nelson (torn ACL), who was lost for the year in a preseason game against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
“It didn’t have nearly as big of an impact as the casual fan would be led to believe,” Fuhrman said. “You look at the wealth of riches surrounding Aaron Rodgers on that Green Bay offense. Green Bay was listed as a second favorite behind Seattle in that 5:1 range. That’s exactly where they remain even without Jordy. The assumption in oddsmaker country is that Davante Adams is a more than adequate replacement for Jordy Nelson and that Randall Cobb will help fill that void as well.”
The New England Patriots, meanwhile, are still a Super Bowl favorite entering 2015, but they’re not riding quite as high as they were in February.
“New England opened up right around 8:1 to win the Super Bowl after they were crowned last year’s Super Bowl champions, and that numbers kind of drifted out a little bit,” Fuhrman said. “Depending on where you look and what sports book you may be inclined to play through, you can find a price as high as 10:1. Of course this team is going to have to retool on the defensive side of the ball. (There’s) so much speculation about who their starting quarterback will be in Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 2 against Buffalo, but it really doesn’t change their outlook as far as the Super Bowl is concerned. When you look at New England’s win total, that was impacted a bit; 10.5 was more or less the consensus when that number was first hung. Right now you’re looking at a price of 10. You do have to play a little bit of juice if you want to go over, though.”