Panthers among early Super Bowl 51 favourites

Some Carolina Panthers celebrate from the bench during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game (Chuck Burton/AP)

The past two Super Bowls each involved a team that had been to the big game within the three previous seasons, which might be a good basis to start from when contemplating the early Super Bowl 51 betting futures at sportsbooks monitored by

The teams with top odds to win Super Bowl 51 next year are still in that window. That includes the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots (+900), who had the best start in the AFC before injuries factored into their ability to challenge the eventual champion Denver Broncos.

It also extends to the Carolina Panthers (+900) and Seattle Seahawks (+900), whose respective quarterbacks Cam Newton and Russell Wilson are each just entering their peak seasons. The Pittsburgh Steelers (+1200), six seasons removed from their last Super Bowl appearance, have the NFL’s best wide receiver in Antonio Brown.

With an uncertain quarterback picture and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller eligible to become a free agent, the triumphant Broncos (+1600) could be hard-pressed to repeat. The NFL has gone 11 seasons without a repeat champion, which is the longest stretch during the Super Bowl era.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (+1200) could have a brighter outlook in 2016 with star WR Jordy Nelson back after missing the 2015 season with a knee injury. The Arizona Cardinals (+1400) also looked like Super Bowl material for much of the season, but struggled in the playoffs and collapsed against Carolina in the NFC Championship Game.

The Dallas Cowboys (+1600) have top odds among teams that missed the 2015 post-season. The Washington Redskins (+5000) have the lowest odds among teams that went to the playoffs. The Cleveland Browns (+15000) have the lowest odds among all 32 NFL teams.

Here are the very early odds to win Super Bowl 51 at the sportsbooks:

Carolina Panthers +900
New England Patriots +900
Seattle Seahawks +900
Green Bay Packers +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Arizona Cardinals +1400
Denver Broncos +1600
Dallas Cowboys +1600
Cincinnati Bengals +2000
Indianapolis Colts +2500
Kansas City Chiefs +2500
Minnesota Vikings +2500
Atlanta Falcons +3300
Philadelphia Eagles +3300
Baltimore Ravens +3300
New York Jets +3300
New York Giants +3300
Buffalo Bills +3300
Detroit Lions +3300
New Orleans Saints +3300
Houston Texans +4000
Chicago Bears +4000
Washington Redskins +5000
Los Angeles Rams +5000
Miami Dolphins +5000
San Francisco 49ers +5000
San Diego Chargers +5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
Jacksonville Jaguars +6600
Oakland Raiders +6600
Tennessee Titans +6600
Cleveland Browns +15000

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