Who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI?
“Taking emotion out of it, I believe the Packers are the team to beat and I believe that they will be in the Super Bowl,” Favre said on Tuesday on his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show. “Not taking anything away from the Giants, not taking anything away from Atlanta and the Cowboys and so on and so forth. I just feel like within the Packers organization, Mike McCarthy may be saying, ‘Hey, we got to improve here, we got to improve there’ — of course coaches are going to say that. I feel like, collectively speaking, they’re as close to hitting on all cylinders as possible. Not perfect, and nobody is, but they’re super productive on offense, Aaron [Rodgers] obviously is playing great. They have an opportunistic defense who is extremely well-coached and maybe they give up a few plays, but they’re going to create a bunch, too. I just give the advantage, not just in this game but this side of the NFL to the Packers.”
The bookmakers don’t agree with Favre — though they’re not far apart.
According to Bovada.lv, the Packers are 7/2 to win the NFC. That’s tied with Atlanta for the second-best odds. Dallas is 3/2.
To win the Super Bowl, New England is an overwhelming 19/10. Dallas is 4/1, Green Bay is 7/1, Pittsburgh is 8/1, Atlanta and Kansas City are 9/1, Seattle is 14/1, New York is 16/1, and Detroit, Houston, Miami and Oakland are all 66/1.
Favre, however, likes how the Packers have played during a six-game winning streak.
“I’m just sitting here thinking off the top of my head, no one has stopped the Packers yet, have they?” he asked. “Maybe the Packers have stopped themselves, but I don’t believe that anyone has really shut down the Packers yet, and I don’t think they will.”
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