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2012 Super Bowl Odds: Green Bay Packers Favored, Seattle Seahawks Longshots

Almost immediately after the 2011 Super Bowl ended, odds for the 2012 Super Bowl were released. took the liberties of setting odds well in advance of next year's game -- if it even happens, of course. The Green Bay Packers, winners of Super Bowl XLV, are favorites to repeat, holding 7/1 odds.

Poking around the rest of the odds, we can get an idea of what the competition in the NFC West, and the NFC as a whole, will look like in the 2011 season and playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks are very long-shots to win the Super Bowl, checking in at 85/1 underdogs. The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams have the best shot in the NFC West, holding 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVI. Even the hapless Arizona Cardinals hold better odds than the Seahawks at 75/1.

The New England Patriots hold the second-best odds at 8/1, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers -- losers of Super Bowl 45 -- at 10/1. Even the Dallas Cowboys have decent odds at 16/1.

Of the long-shots, only the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers hold worse odds than the Seahawks, at 100/1 each. After a surprising playoff run and an exciting end to the season, this should serve as a reality-check as the Seahawks head into what looks to be a serious rebuilding process.