When the initial betting odds to win Super Bowl 50 were first released shortly after New England won last season's NFL title, the Philadelphia Eagles opened at 20/1 odds to win, which was tied for eighth on the list. Throughout the offseason that number pretty much held steady even with head coach Chip Kelly wheeling and dealing his way to a fresh look on both sides of the ball.
Even though the preseason games do not count in the standings, it is amazing what a few solid performances will do to capture the attention of the betting public. If you flash forward to today, you will find that the Eagles' odds to win Super Bowl 50 now stand at +850 (17/2) on Bovada's current board with only three teams ahead of them on the list. Even the defending champion Patriots with Tom Brady back in the fold for the entire 16-game regular season have longer odds to repeat at +900.
What does this all mean? Well for one it means that room on the Philly bandwagon is filling up fast so y'all better get on board while you still can. Second, it means that bettors are starting to see the value in this team that may have not been all that evident when Kelly first started tinkering with the lineup. Finally, it means that the sportsbooks are starting to get nervous about the Eagles as a drop like this in the betting odds reflects the fact that some serious money has been flooding in on their Super Bowl futures the past few weeks.
Whatever it all means I am excited for the start of the season as Kelly and Sam Bradford will finally get a chance to take this new-look, souped-up offense out on the open road to see what it can really do starting a week from this Monday against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
The following is a link to my NFL Super Bowl 50 futures odds preview as previously posted on FootballBetting.com
2015 NFL SUPER BOWL 50 BETTING ODDS AND PREDICTIONS