The loss of a single skill player doesn't often result in Vegas changing a team's Super Bowl chances, but Pregame.com has downgraded the Patriots' odds of winning the Super Bowl in the wake of Aaron Hernandez's release.
New England was bumped to 8/1, a modest change from its 7/1 odds released just a few weeks ago. The Patriots’ over/under win total remains at 11.
The game-day loss of Hernandez played a small role in the change of odds, but other factors were also at play, such as the scandal’s distraction to the team and a thinness at tight end. The Pats previously had the best two-tight end attack in the NFL, but Hernandez is now gone and Rob Gronkowski has had three arm surgeries and a back surgery over the last year.
This marks the first time since 2003 that New England has not been considered a top-two favorite to win the Super Bowl. San Francisco and Denver are tied for the top spot at 6/1, followed by the Seahawks and Patriots are 8-to-1.
The Eagles' 2014 Super Bowl odds vary by site. They are 33/1 according to Bovada, 40/1 by Sportsbook, and they opened at 55/1 at Pregame.com.