Vegas tags Vikings at middle of the pack

Time to look ahead to the 2009 season already, according to Las Vegas. The betting capital of the nation has the Vikings at 25-1 to win next year's Super Bowl.

The 2008 season is only days from being completed with the Pro Bowl on Sunday, yet the art of gambling never takes a hiatus. Want to bet on who will win next year's Super Bowl? Fear not degenerate gamblers. Las Vegas has you covered.

The Vikings are currently slotted with a 25-1 chance to win the Super Bowl. That's a big improvement from the 38-1 odds they had last February, but it is only good enough to tie them with Green Bay and make them only a slightly better choice than Chicago at 40-1.

With the uncertainty over the return of Kurt Warner and perhaps the belief that their Super Bowl run was a fluke, the Arizona Cardinals are longer shots to win the title than the Vikings at 30-1.

The Steelers aren't getting an over-emphasis of love either. Despite winning the Super Bowl, at 10-1 Pittsburgh is tied for third for the lowest betting odds to repeat as champions – tied with the Giants. The Patriots and the expected return of Tom Brady have them as the overall favorite at 8-1, followed closely by Dallas at 9-1.

As expected, Detroit and Kansas City are the longest of long shots at 100-1.

Rounding out the top 10 are the Colts and Chargers at 12-1, Baltimore at 14-1, Tennessee at 16-1 and the Eagles and Panthers at 18-1.

Also tied with the Vikings and Packers at 25-1 are Atlanta, Denver and Jacksonville.


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