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Oddsmaker Places Patriots Among Next Year's Top Four

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Early Odds on Super Bowl XLII
Patriots Tied for Third at 8-1

The New England Patriots have opened tied for third as 8-1 favorites to win Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz.

The Indianapolis Colts are technically slotted second to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, but at 6-1, they're actually tied with the San Diego Chargers, who are listed first.

The early odds were released by sportsbook.com.

The Chicago Bears were listed third, ahead of the Patriots, at the same 8-1. The Baltimore Ravens round out the top five at 12-1.

In the rest of the AFC East, the New York Jets are 15th at 30-1, the Miami Dolphins are 18th at 40-1, and the Buffalo Bills are tied for 20th (listed 23rd) at 50-1.

The other "Final Four" team -- the New Orleans Saints -- have the worst odds of that group, 20-1 (12th).

The AFC North has three teams in the top 10: the Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals (6th) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10th). The worst odds are 100-1, shared by eight teams: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That gives the NFC North claim to the worst division.