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Patriots still the heavy Super Bowl favorites over the Seahawks, Falcons, and Packers

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A Super Bowl rematch is extremely likely.

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The New England Patriots might have lost the season opener, but they haven’t lost the faith of the Vegas oddsmakers who still have Tom Brady and company as the heavy favorite to win Super Bowl LII, according to Bovada.

After a dip from 13/4 odds prior to the season to 9/2 after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots bounced back to 4/1 odds (20%) after beating the New Orleans Saints. The Pittsburgh Steelers come in a distant second at 8/1 with the Oakland Raiders in third at 9/1.

Despite a strong showing this season, the Kansas City Chiefs are considered the fourth-best team in the AFC with 14/1 odds, although they’ve improved from 25/1 prior to the season.

In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks remain the favorite with 9/1 odds, despite a few ugly outings on offense, edging out the Green Bay Packers (10/1) and the Atlanta Falcons (10/1). The Patriots have faced all three of these teams in the Super Bowl, making a championship rematch the most likely outcome.

The AFC race is already down to just four teams, with a few jockeying for position on Wild Card Weekend. The Patriots lead the way with 7/4 odds (36.4%), ahead of the Steelers (4/1), Raiders (5/1), and Chiefs (8/1).

The Denver Broncos (11/1), Baltimore Ravens (14/1), Tennessee Titans (16/1), and Houston Texans (18/1) represent the next tier of teams as the AFC South victor and the final wild card berth.

While talking about the playoff picture after two games is ludicrous, would anyone be surprised if the playoffs included six of the above eight teams? Oddsmakers have the seeding as:

  1. Patriots
  2. Steelers
  3. Raiders
  4. Titans
  5. Chiefs
  6. Broncos

And if the Texans win the AFC South again, and/or the Ravens edge out the Broncos for the last wild card spot, that wouldn’t be too different from the current projection.

When looking at the AFC East, the Patriots have 1/15 odds of winning, or a 93.8% chance. The Miami Dolphins remain in second place with 15/2 odds, while the Buffalo Bills are in third with 16/1 odds. The New York Jets have 500/1 odds.

Patriots QB Tom Brady remains the favorite to win MVP with 5/1 odds, a small decline from his 4/1 odds prior to the season. He is tied with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Lions QB Matthew Stafford. Raiders QB Derek Carr (9/1) comes in fourth, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan and Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston are tied for fifth with 10/1 odds.