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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback in 2018, which means they’re among the short-list favorites to win the Super Bowl.
On the day after Super Bowl LII, the Packers were tied with the newly crowned champion Philadelphia Eagles with the second-best odds in the NFL to win Super Bowl LIII at 9/1, according to online sports betting site Bovada.
Only the New England Patriots (5/1) had better odds.
Considering the Packers are operating under a new general manager, new coordinators on both sides of the ball and plenty more questions in personnel, their status as Super Bowl favorites rests primarily on Rodgers’ still-sterling reputation. Without their two-time MVP quarterback for most of last season because of a broken collarbone, the Packers saw their eight-year playoff streak end.
The Packers were the only team among those with top-five odds that failed to make the postseason in 2017.
The top-10 team odds for 2018: Patriots (5/1), Packers and Eagles (9/1), Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers at 12/1, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints at 18/1, and San Francisco 49ers at 20/1. The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans sit just outside the top 10 at 25/1.
Eight of the top 10 teams are from the NFC, so the Packers' road to a Super Bowl berth won't be easy.
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