The New England Patriots' odds to win Super Bowl 50 have been on a wild ride since they finished off the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl 49, jumping around the board over the past few months thanks to the Deflategate scandal and Tom Brady's subsequent court victory.


New England opened at 6/1 on the odds to win Super Bowl 50 back in February, which put them second behind only the vanquished Seahawks (11/2) on those betting futures and just ahead of the Green Bay Packers (7/1).


By June, however, the Patriots' odds to win Super Bowl 50 had slipped to 17/2 with Brady having been handed a four-game suspension for his alleged role in deflating footballs during last year's playoffs. That put New England behind the Seahawks and the Packers as well as the rival Indianapolis Colts – who took over as the top AFC contender.


That order then stood up over the summer, with New England moving around from 10/1 to 12/1 and then back down to its current 9/1 with Brady finally triumphing over Roger Goodell and the league and getting his suspension lifted. He'll be at the helm for the Patriots on Thursday night when they open their season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


But even with Brady back the Patriots still don't find themselves back where they started on the odds to win Super Bowl 50 when those futures opened. In fact, with the season opener on tap they find themselves behind four other teams on the list, with the Philadelphia Eagles now just ahead of them and in a tie with the Colts at 17/2.


And the Colts remain the favorites on the odds to win the AFC Championship Game at 3/1, as they look to make up for the 45-7 pounding given to them by the Patriots in the conference title game last season.


Where New England continues to reign supreme, however, is on the odds to win the AFC East division title, as they head into the season as the clear 2/1 favorite on those betting lines. That has them well ahead of the 7/2 Miami Dolphins and the 6/1 Buffalo Bills, with the New York Jets a distant fourth on the list at 12/1.


The Patriots won the AFC East by three games over the Bills and by four games over the Dolphins last season, and even though both of those teams improved over the summer neither is yet seen as a challenger to New England in the division. 

**Odds as of September 9, 2015