Klee blog: Las Vegas gives Broncos respectable odds to win Super Bowl LII — but why?

By: Paul Klee
February 6, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman hauls in a pass in front of Broncos defenders Corey Nelson and Darian Stewart in the first half of Denver’s 16-3 loss Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Nobody knows if the starting quarterback for the 2017 Broncos is even on the roster yet. Or if Vance Joseph is more Adam Gase or Josh McDaniels as a head coach. Or if missing the playoffs was a fluke or a reality check. 

But Vegas usually knows. 

And despite all the unknowns, Vegas likes the 2017 Broncos.

The day after the Patriots pulled an all-timer that reminded me of a certain Broncos choke job in 2013 — New England trailed 24-0 before winning 34-31 on a night so cold I'm still thawing out — the Broncos were pegged as the third-most likely AFC team to win Super Bowl LII.

The Patriots and Steelers are the favorites out of the AFC. The Broncos are "third," ahead of four teams that actually made the playoffs this season — the Chiefs, Raiders, Texans and Dolphins.

Hmmm. As we await the polarizing photo opp with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at Donald Trump's White House, do the oddsmakers suspect John Elway is going to pillage free agency like he's done in the past?

Something's afoot. The current odds to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis:

Patriots 5:1

Cowboys 8:1

Steelers 10:1

Packers 12:1

Seahawks 12:1

Falcons 12:1

Broncos 16:1

Chiefs 18:1

Raiders 18:1

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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