The Packers completed the second of two Organized Team Activities (OTAs) sessions this past week, with a plethora of eager new faces traversing the field, looking to get noticed. The focus for the coaching staff is now solely on putting together a 53-man roster that will compete for a chance to play in the next Super Bowl.
Almost five months have passed since the Packers flaming exit from the NFC Championship game. The Seattle Seahawks, the team that came out on top in that game after the most improbable of comebacks, has the edge over the Packers yet again – this time from the oddsmakers.
A quick poll of popular sports betting sites mostly show the Seahawks as the 6-1 favorites to win the next Super Bowl, with the Packers at 7-1, the current Super Bowl Champion Patriots at 7.5-1 and the Indianapolis Colts at 8-1.
Of course, the Patriots odds dropped thanks to the “Deflategate” scandal and the possibility of Tom Brady (he who is strongly in favor of soft balls) being suspended for as many as four games. So the Packers, who apparently play with balls in their natural (and approved) state, moved up a notch in the futures odds standings.
But with the Seahawks having traded for a major new offensive weapon in TE Jimmy Graham, the oddsmakers believe they are the best bet to get back to the Super Bowl, where this past February they had an imminent second straight Super Bowl victory snatched away by Patriots rookie Malcom Butler’s goal line interception.
While Packers fans have moved on from the meltdown against Seattle, one has to remember just how dominant the Packers were against the Super Bowl favorites in their stadium for most of that game. Carbon Sports, one of America’s leading sports betting sites, seems to remember, as they have the Packers’ odds equal to those of the Seahawks at 6-1.
When the book closes on the 2015 NFL season, will the Packers still be “behind” the Seahawks?
I shiver with antici…………….pation.