SUPER BOWL ODDS: FUTURES REPORT
Kansas City Chiefs (+350): Carolina gave the Chiefs a scare and exposed some weaknesses in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The champs are dealing with injuries on the offensive line and have managed just 80 rushing yards at a 2.5 YPC clip over their past two games, but Patrick Mahomes is redefining the QB position with the best career passer rating (110.5) ever.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+550): After sleepwalking through the first half, the Steelers managed to come back against the Cowboys woeful defense. Miscues on special teams and a toothless rushing attack highlight some weaknesses on the NFL’s only undefeated squad.
New Orleans Saints (+700): The Saints delivered an absolute statement in Tampa Bay on Sunday night. With Michael Thomas back and drawing attention, Drew Brees carved up a top-ranked defense and the Saints pass rush had Tom Brady hucking and ducking. The Saints’ odds have been sliced from +1400 to +700 at DK since they now have the inside track to a division title and the top seed in the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+900): Oddsmakers aren’t discounting Brady and the talented Bucs after another primetime dud. It will take time for Antonio Brown to get integrated and Chris Godwin (finger) to get healthy, but the coaching staff has to prepare better for big games.
Baltimore Ravens (+900): The Ravens allow a league-best 17.8 PPG and have almost no discernible weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball. If Lamar Jackson can rediscover his accuracy on intermediate and long passes, Baltimore will be right back in the mix.
Green Bay Packers (+1000): Aaron Rodgers ranks second in total QBR (83.5) and the Packers could begin to re-establish some offensive balance with Aaron Jones (calf) set to return against Jacksonville this week.
Seattle Seahawks (+1100): As amazing as Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett are, it’s hard to imagine a team with the third-worst scoring defense (30.4 PPG allowed) winning playoff games in freezing temperatures.
Buffalo Bills (+1800): The Bills struggling defense rose to the challenge with five sacks while forcing Russell Wilson into four turnovers. Josh Allen was prolific against the Seahawks porous secondary and will look to regain his early-season form.
Los Angeles Rams (+2500): The Rams gained ground during their bye week because the Seahawks and Cardinals both lost, while the 49ers lost more critical players to significant injuries.
Tennessee Titans (+2500): The Titans defense shut out the Bears through three quarters and could handle Philip Rivers and the Colts in similar fashion. Bet them to win the AFC South (-230 at DK) before they face Indy this Thursday.
Indianapolis Colts (+3000): Philip Rivers has a 1:5 TD:INT ratio and the Colts are 1-2 when facing teams with winning records. The sharp money should be on Tennessee in a pivotal AFC South clash this Thursday.
Arizona Cardinals (+3300): Kyler Murray is getting matching +3300 odds to win NFL MVP at DK Sportsbook and has a decent shot to vie for the award since he’s on pace to top Lamar Jackson’s rushing totals from last year as he climbs into the Top 8 in completion percentage.
Philadelphia Eagles (+4000): The Eagles are getting healthier with Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert back, and basically get a free pass into the postseason as the de facto best team in the putrid NFC East.
Miami Dolphins (+6000): Tua Tagovailoa took off in his second career start and managed to make enough plays to stop red-hot Kyler Murray. Defensively, Miami is allowing just 15.6 PPG with seven picks and 16 sacks over their last five games.
Chicago Bears (+7500): Only the Jets have a worse third-down conversion rate than the Bears (25%) over the past three weeks. Chicago is averaging just 67 rushing YPG during that span and can’t protect Nick Foles without a reliable run game.