The San Francisco 49ers have continued their slide down the NFL futures betting odds during the off-season, tumbling to 40/1 in Super Bowl 50 betting at the online sportsbooks after opening with strong 16/1 odds, following the New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.
A number of off-season departures by key personnel have taken their toll on the Niners’ prospects for the upcoming NFL season.
49er fans and management were rocked by the unexpected retirement of linebacker Chris Borland, who ended his career after just one NFL season, citing concerns that a prolonged NFL career could impact his long term health.
Borland joins veteran lineback Patrick Willis, who also called it a career during the off-season.
Experts at Betting Sports are keeping an eye on their offshore odds when it comes to Fog City. With the 49ers scrambling to plug roster holes and division rivals, and the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams showing signs of improvement, San Francisco has also fallen to +800 longshots to win the NFC West in NFL divisional betting at the online sportsbooks.
San Francisco endured a disappointing campaign in 2014, losing four of their last five contests to finish third in the division, ending a three-year run of consecutive NFL playoff appearances.
The Seahawks are once again favorites to claim the NFC West title, with strong -250 odds, followed by the Cards at +500, and the retooled Rams, who sports intriguing +650 odds.
Seattle also remains perched as favorites in Super Bowl 50 betting. The Seahawks, who earned their first championship at Super Bowl XLVII, top the betting odds at 6/1.
The Green Bay Packers, who came up short in last season’s NFC Championship game, dropping a 28-22 overtime decision to the Seahawks, remain close on Seattle’s heels, with 4/1 Super Bowl odds.
It has been a busy off-season for the Indianapolis Colts, who have been active on the free agent market, signing WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore.
While it remains to be seen whether the retooling will earn the Colts their first Super Sunday berth in the post-Peyton Manning era, oddsmakers have liked what they have seen, and made Indy a strong 8/1 Super Bowl bet.
Pending a possible show of leniency by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New England Patriots will be without QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the NFL season following his suspension for his role in last season’s Deflategate scandal.
Brady’s suspension initially sent the Pats’ Super Bowl odds to 12/1 after opening closely trailing the Seahawks.
But sports bettor confidence appears unshaken, with New England’s odds quickly recovering to an appealing 17/2.
The Dallas Cowboys will be without last season’s Offensive Player of the Year, DeMarco Murray, who defected to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles during the off-season. But that has not dampened the Cowboys’ Super Bowl futures odds, which have held steady at a solid 10/1.