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Panthers, Patriots co-favorites in latest Super Bowl odds

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The undefeated Carolina Panthers picked up some company atop the Super Bowl 50 odds this week, with the New England Patriots gaining ground following their 27-6 win over Houston to join them as 15/4 favorites to win the championship.

The victory over the Texans was a much-needed shot in the arm for the 11-2 Patriots, who came up short in their two previous outings against Denver and Philadelphia, ending a 13-game straight-up winning streak and temporarily knocking them from their familiar perch as Super Bowl betting favorites.

Injuries continue to be a concern for the Patriots, who return home this weekend to take on the struggling Tennessee Titans.

While tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to action against the Texans, New England will still be without receiver Julian Edelman and rusher LeGarrette Blount for Sunday afternoon’s Titans vs. Patriots betting matchup at Gillette Stadium.

The Panthers are contending with injury issues of their own following last weekend’s 38-0 rout of the Atlanta Falcons, with tight end Greg Olsen and rusher Jonathan Stewart both considered questionable for Sunday’s clash with the New York Giants.

But the Panthers look to be gaining momentum down the stretch, going 4-1 against the spread in their past five games, including two ATS wins while favored by seven or more points.

The NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals remain close on the favorites’ heels, holding steady with 13/2 Super Bowl odds.

The 11-2 Cardinals have won seven straight SU, and can clinch the division crown with a win in Philadelphia on Sunday night. However, Arizona has struggled at the sportsbooks of late, with just one ATS victory in their last four overall, and a 1-4 ATS record in their last five when favored by seven points or more.

Winners of four straight, the resurgent Seattle Seahawks join the Cardinals at 13/2 on the updated Super Bowl betting lines, followed by the resilient Pittsburgh Steelers at 15/2, while the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers round out the top teams, unchanged at 10/1 following their second straight win.

The AFC West-leading Denver Broncos follow at 12/1, ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs at 16/1, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who have tumbled to 20/1.

Losers of two straight, the Indianapolis Colts have fallen to 50/1, joined by the Giants, Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets, and ahead of the Texans at 100/1, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 150/1, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Buffalo Bills at 300/1, while the Falcons and Oakland Raiders pull up the rear, each sporting distant 500/1 odds.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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