Vegas ups Packers’ odds with Favre back


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Dec 12, 2004
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By Dylan B. Tomlinson

If the Las Vegas oddsmakers are to be believed, the Green Bay Packers will have a better chance to be a Super Bowl contender with Brett Favre than they would without him.

But even with Favre, the Packers won’t be expected to do much during the 2006 season.

Shortly after the Super Bowl in February, the Packers were listed as 45 to 1 odds to win the NFC championship and 100 to 1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

That was when Favre’s future was in question. Even though it’s known that Favre will play this season, no one is exactly considering the Packers to be favorites, even in their own division.

As of Wednesday, the odds made a considerable shift. The Packers now have 30 to 1 odds to win the NFC championship and are 60 to 1 to win the Super Bowl. While that is a large upswing, the odds indicate that if Favre had retired, the Packers would be expected to finish last in the NFC North. With Favre returning, they’re still picked to be no better than third. The Chicago Bears are 15 to 1 and the Minnesota Vikings are 30 to 1 to win the Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions, at 90 to 1, are picked to finish last.

“With Brett coming back, we expect to be a better team than we were a year ago,â€

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