With Super Bowl XLIX in the books, it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Super Bowl 50 will take place on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Even after missing out on a chance for back-to-back championship titles, the Seattle Seahawks are still a heavy favorite to make it back and win the next Lombardi Trophy. 2016 Super Bowl odds list head coach Pete Carroll’s squad as 6/1 favorites to win it all. There are six franchises that will have new head coaches when the 2015 season begins. One of those, Jim Tomsula, will have the unique opportunity to become the first to lead his team to a championship game and play on the team’s home field since the 49ers play at Levi’s Stadium.
It will not be easy for San Francisco however listed as 40/1 longshots since coming off a very mediocre 8-8 season, will have a new coaching staff and a roster loaded with free agents. This offseason will have a big impact on what Tomsula and 49ers are able to do next year. Making it even more difficult for San Francisco is the fact that the NFC West Division is most likely the toughest in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals finished the regular season 11-5 with a rotation of average quarterbacks. Head coach Bruce Arians was rewarded with NFL Coach of the Year honors and is already claiming that his team will be the NFC representative next year. That being said, bookmakers feel differently listing the Cardinals as 25/1 longshots in 2016 Super Bowl odds to hoist the Lombardi.
Add in an improving St. Louis Rams (33/1), who will get QB Sam Bradford back, and all the teams in the NFC West will have their work cut out for them to simply win the division. The Green Bay Packers (7/1) were an onside kick away from playing in Arizona this year and with league MVP Aaron Rodgers back behind center, 2016 could be the year of the cheese heads. In the AFC, the favorites are, of course, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (17/2) and the Denver Broncos (12/1). Denver is one of those six teams with new head coaches.
Gary Kubiak, who served as an assistant with the Broncos in the past, takes over and will await whether or not quarterback Peyton Manning decides to retire. Other teams to watch in 2016 Super Bowl odds include the Dallas Cowboys at 10/1, Indianapolis Colts at 8/1, Philadelphia Eagles at 20/1 with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers listed at 25/1.