NFC West: Super Bowl odds

Greetings. The mind wanders during a six-hour flight across the country. More than once during the trip home I envisioned the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers playing one another in the NFC Championship Game.

Imagine what that one would do for the rivalry.

What are the odds? 5-2 are the odds. That's the word from the online sports book Bovada now that Seattle and San Francisco are each one victory away from meeting for the third time this season and the second time in five weeks.

Seattle and its next opponent, Atlanta, are each 7-1 shots to win it all this season. Denver (11-4), New England (7-2), San Francisco (6-1) and Green Bay (6-1) stand ahead of the Seahawks and Falcons. Houston and Baltimore are each 18-1.

After returning from the Seahawks' 24-14 victory over Washington, I'll be heading to San Francisco for the Packers-49ers game Saturday. The game kicks off too late (8 p.m. ET) for me to realistically catch red-eye flight to Atlanta in time for the Seahawks' 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Falcons on Sunday.

That's too bad. I'd hoped to pull off an NFC West double. There's still a chance if both teams win in the divisional round.

Updated look at odds for Super Bowl

December, 28, 2012

The Seattle Seahawks have pulled nearly even with the San Francisco 49ers in terms of odds to win the Super Bowl this season.

The chart shows the latest odds, courtesy of the online sportsbook Bovada.

The 49ers were the favorites one week ago, when they were coming off a 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.

The Denver Broncos, winners of 10 consecutive games, are favorites this week. Denver has won all 10 of those games by at least seven points.

Seattle is now 8-1, just behind the 15-2 odds for the 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers have overtaken the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans as favorites to win the Super Bowl through Week 15.

Coach Jim Harbaugh probably doesn't care, but if you're a 49ers fan, this is the sort of tidbit that can come in handy when disparaging fans from rival teams -- which, judging from our comments sections, happens once every four seconds.

This marks the third time San Francisco has been installed as the favorite this season, according to online sports book Bovada.

Green Bay, New England and Houston have also been favorites at various points this season. The 49ers were tied with Denver and Houston at 6-1 odds last week, behind 3-1 favorite New England.

New England and Green Bay were the only favorites last season. The New York Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but why sweat the details?