NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The National Football League is about to start another season, with the Hall of Fame game scheduled for this Sunday night. While the preseason brings a welcome return of football, it's barely an appetizer for the regular season and playoffs.
The only prize is the Super Bowl, and with the season about to start, Super Bowl favorites are already being picked. Vegas have already picked the odds for every NFL team, and people are free to make their picks.
What’s most interesting so far is how team’s chances reflect ticket prices. The teams entering the season with the best odds to win the Super Bowl are the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Of those five teams, four of them have the highest ticket averages on the secondary market so far this season. The fifth – the Green Bay Packers – are have the ninth highest average in the league, according to TiqIQ.
Last season the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Their team was absolutely dominant, and they return almost the entire team intact. They’re second on the list with 7-to-1 odds, but are the highest ticket average in the league. Currently Seahawks tickets are averaging $433.29 for the season, which makes them one of just two teams to average over $400 this year.
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The other team to average over $400 is a bit of a surprise. Currently the Chicago Bears tickets are the second most expensive in the league on the secondary market with an average of $411.97. But while the Bears are not in the top five for Super Bowl odds, they are just outside of it at number six. The Bears have 14-to-1 odds, led by an offense that has arguably the best receiver tandem in the league in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. The two are towering big-bodied receivers that should make life pretty easy for Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler.
Last year’s AFC champion, the Denver Broncos actually have the best chance of winning the Super Bowl this season, likely due to the weaker nature of teams in the AFC. Last season the Broncos were an absolutely dominant offense, and they might be better this year. While they lost Eric Decker, they added Emmanuel Sanders and drafted receiver Cody Latimer in the second round. They also bolstered their defense by signing safety TJ Ward, pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and drafting corner Bradley Roby. Broncos tickets have the fourth highest season average at $372.79.
The only other AFC team to make it at the top of the list was the New England Patriots. The Patriots are seemingly always at the top of every NFL list, and this season they’re fifth in the league with a $363.83 ticket average. They also have the fourth best odds at 8-to-1 after losing to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game last season.
The final team in the top five is the San Francisco 49ers. They were a last-second score against the Seahawks from advancing to their second straight Super Bowl last season, and should be a top team again this year. They have the third best odds of winning the title at 15-to-2, and 49ers tickets are also third in the league with a $391.22 average for the season, the first at Levi’s Stadium.
Winning doesn’t always dictate ticket prices in sports, as there are plenty examples of successful franchises that rank in the bottom half of their respective league in ticket sales. However, this season the amount of success in the NFL has directly correlated with ticket prices.
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