After yet another exciting week in the 2015 NFL Playoffs, both the AFC and NFC Championships are set. On the AFC side, the underdog Indianapolis Colts will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. And the NFC Championship will see the Green Bay Packers facing the Seattle Seahawks.
Can the latter win their second consecutive Super Bowl? Can the Indianapolis Colts pull off an improbable upset? Find out as we take a look at our updated 2015 Super Bowl odds to win.
Indianapolis (13 to 2 odds of winning)
Few gave the Colts a realistic chance of knocking off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. And if they were to have a chance, it seemed like Indy needed to score at least 40 points to outlast the high-powered Denver offense. Well, as it turns out, defense ruled the day for Indy as they won 24-13, allowing just one Broncos touchdown. Now the Colts face just as big of a test, if not bigger, in Foxborough. There’s no doubt that Indy will continue to be underdogs even if they win the AFC Championship. That said, it’s hard to see much value in the 13:2 odds here.
Green Bay (6 to 1)
Green Bay punched their Super Bowl ticket via a 26-21 nailbiter versus the Dallas Cowboys. And they needed two second-half TD’s to make the comeback here, improving their record at Lambeau Field to 9-0 this season. The only problem is that they’ll be visiting Seattle for the next game. But given all of the weapons that the Packers boast on offense, they might be the one team that can beat Seattle at CenturyLink Field. Furthermore, taking this team at 6:1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl isn’t a bad bet at all.
New England (7 to 4)
The league is still talking about the crazy substitutions that New England made during a third-quarter touchdown drive against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh went as far as to call the substitutions illegal when his team had trouble identifying the eligible receivers. However, NFL officials say that everything was done by the book (though outside the bounds of normalcy) in the Patriots’ 35-31 victory. They will once again be favored to win at home against an overmatched Colts team. And if they can take care of business, then it’s a tough NFC opponent no matter who wins between Seattle and Green Bay.
Seattle (23 to 20)
Without question, Seattle had the easiest path to the NFC title game since they played the 8-8-1 Carolina Panthers. Sure, Carolina was on a hot streak, but Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion. And they looked every bit the part in cruising to a 31-17 win over the Panthers. Now they get a real postseason test in the high-scoring Green Bay Packers. Assuming they can get through this matchup, they could face the battle-tested Patriots. All in all, it’s hard to see taking Seattle at 23:20 odds right now, even if they are the best team on paper.