The Philadelphia Eagles joined the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers as Super Bowl favorites among Las Vegas oddsmakers after adding Nnamdi Asomugha and two other top defensive free agents.
The Eagles’ championship odds at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports Book dropped to 6-1 from 12-1 after a week in which they added Pro Bowl cornerback Asomugha plus defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and defensive end Jason Babin.
Philadelphia, 21st out of 32 National Football League teams in points allowed last season, also picked up cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade that sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.
“You want to accomplish that one common goal and that’s winning the Super Bowl,” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told reporters. “This is my time, this is our time and we’re going to try to make the most of it.”
The Patriots and Packers still have 6-1 Super Bowl odds at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Patriots added free-agent wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, while the defending-champion Packers lost Jenkins to the Eagles and re-signed receiver James Jones.
They’re followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose odds are 10-1 after being listed at 12-1 a week ago following the end of the NFL’s 4 1/2-month lockout.
The New York Jets’ championship odds of 12-1 are the same as before the start of the free-agent period, during which the team added receiver Plaxico Burress and re-signed cornerback Antonio Cromartie and receiver Santonio Holmes. The Jets, who fell one win short of the Super Bowl the past two seasons, also lost linebacker Jason Taylor and receiver/kick returner Brad Smith.
“We have an outstanding football team, but when I look at it defensively -- and there are still some things in play -- we’re not done,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said during a news conference yesterday. “We could add a couple players that could probably really help us. But I feel great about where we are.”
Also with odds of 12-1 are the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. The Indianapolis Colts have Super Bowl odds of 15-1, along with the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, according to the Las Vegas Hilton.
The New York Giants, who gave permission yesterday for Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora to work out a trade, have had their championship odds rise to 20-1 from 15-1.
“We have some changing parts in our defense,” Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told reporters. “Some personnel have left and we really won’t know the makeup of our defense for several weeks now.”
The Packers entered the 2010 season with 10-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, tied for sixth among the NFL’s 32 teams.
TEAM SUPER BOWL ODDS ======================================= Philadelphia Eagles 6-1 Green Bay Packers 6-1 New England Patriots 6-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1 New York Jets 12-1 Atlanta Falcons 12-1 New Orleans Saints 12-1 Baltimore Ravens 15-1 San Diego Chargers 15-1 Indianapolis Colts 15-1 New York Giants 20-1 Dallas Cowboys 25-1 Kansas City Chiefs 30-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-1 Detroit Lions 30-1 Chicago Bears 40-1 Houston Texans 40-1 Miami Dolphins 40-1 Minnesota Vikings 40-1 San Francisco 49ers 40-1 Oakland Raiders 50-1 Tennessee Titans 60-1 Cleveland Browns 60-1 Jacksonville Jaguars 60-1 St. Louis Rams 60-1 Arizona Cardinals 60-1 Denver Broncos 60-1 Cincinnati Bengals 100-1 Seattle Seahawks 100-1 Washington Redskins 100-1 Buffalo Bills 200-1 Carolina Panthers 300-1 Odds courtesy of Las Vegas Hilton