Favre-ites fall

Jan 7, 2003 6:28 AM


The New York Jets, newest flavor of the month, has not quite convinced the Las Vegas oddsmakers that they are the uncrowned Super Bowl champ.

Despite a 41-0 dissection of the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round, the Jets only slightly lowered their odds from 10-1 to 7-1. The Atlanta Falcons, riding the golden arm and legs of quarterback Michael Vick, remain the longest shot on the board at 12-1.

The Las Vegas Sports Consultants still rates Philadelphia as the team to beat in Super Bowl XXVII to be held Sunday, Jan. 26 in San Diego. The Eagles improved slightly from 4-1 to 5-2 during their bye week, which they earned as NFC Eastern Division champs.

The Oakland Raiders are picked to be Philadelphia’s opponent in the Super Bowl. The Raiders, winners of the AFC West, are 3-1. Last week, Oakland was 9-2.

Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Tampa Bay are all rated at 6-1, with the Bucs the only one of the three to see their odds reduced. The Bucs were 7-1 last week. Either Pittsburgh or Tennessee will be eliminated this week in their showdown Saturday in Nashville.

San Francisco, which rallied from 24 points down to defeat the New York Giants in the first round, travels cross-country to Tampa. The Bucs play the 49ers in the early game Sunday.

The underdogs went 3-1 ATS in the first round. The only favorite to win and cover was the Jets. Pittsburgh, San Francisco won as favorites, but lost against the number. Atlanta was the lone underdog to win on the money, handing Green Bay its first-ever playoff loss at Lambeau Field.

Tennessee went up from a 3½ to 4-point favorite against Pittsburgh late Monday with the Over/Under at 44. Philadelphia held at 7½ over Atlanta and 38½. Tampa Bay remained 7½ over the Niners and 39. Oakland stayed at 5½ against the Jets and 47.