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Saints Super Bowl Betting Odds Drop With Payton Suspension

The New Orleans Saints were one of the best teams in the league last season. Quarterback Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's long-standing single season passing yards record, and New Orleans was considered a favorite heading into the playoffs.

The Saints, however, could not get out of the divisional round, losing to the San Francisco 49ers in California. When the Super Bowl ended with a Giants victory, the Saints were immediately installed as one of the betting favorites to win the title in 2013.

That was before Head Coach Sean Payton received a one year suspension from the NFL for overseeing the bounty system defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had put in place. The penalty was the harshest ever handed down against a head coach, and it left the Saints without a commander-in-chief for the upcoming season.

Las Vegas sports books almost instantly changed the betting odds for the Saints. Previously a six or seven to one choice at various sports books, New Orleans has dropped to a 10/1 choice after the Payton suspension. That ties them with the 49ers and Denver Broncos for the sixth best odds in the league.

The Broncos odds went from 50/1, down to 10/1 when they signed Peyton Manning. The former Colts quarterback is coming off four neck surgeries, but reports have Manning being able to make all of his throws in recent workouts. Denver went to the playoffs last season with Tim Tebow at quarterback, but they have since moved Tebow to the Jets after signing Manning.

Although the Saints odds have dropped, analysts believe New Orleans still has a strong chance of reaching the Super Bowl. Brees is playing the best ball of his career, and the offense hopes to remain the same under an interim coach. Bill Parcells has been mentioned as that possible interim coach, and odds makers have stated that a Parcells-run Saints team could see the odds drop once again before the season starts.

The New England Patriots are currently the betting favorites to win next year at 5/1. Green Bay, who was upset by the Giants in the divisional round last season, is the second choice at 11/2. A pair of Pennsylvania teams, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are next at 6/1, and the defending champion Giants are 8/1.

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