Broncos don't mind being the underdogs
The way Las Vegas sees it, the Denver Broncos have a 1% chance of winning the Super Bowl, the longest odds in the playoff field. According to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, a $100 bet on Denver to win it all would pay $7,200 if the Broncos were to make good on the wager.
The Broncos, who play host to Pittsburgh on Sunday, are definitely struggling. They've lost three in a row, and quarterback Tim Tebow has one touchdown pass and nine turnovers over that span. Their defense, however, is coming off a strong performance in a 7-3 loss to Kansas City.
In the locker room Thursday, cornerback Champ Bailey shrugged off the fact that many people have already ruled out the Broncos making it out of the first round. (The Steelers are 9-point favorites on Sunday.)
"I don't think it helps or hurts you really," Bailey said of being the underdog, "but it just kind of keeps distractions away. People aren't hyping you up as much, patting you on the back.
"People are kind of whispering behind our back and telling us we suck, so I'd rather live like that than the other way."
As for how a $100 bet would pay on other teams, it's Packers $180, Patriots $400, Saints $500, Ravens $800, Steelers $1,200, 49ers $1,200, Giants $2,000, Falcons $4,000, Lions $5,200, Texans $5,200, and Bengals $7,000.
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey intercepts a pass intended for Raiders receiver Denarius Moore earlier this season. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press