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It’s been a while since the Miami Dolphins were competitive. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, but they’ve got a good chance to get back there this season. Bolstered by a six-game winning streak, Miami is the biggest riser of the week.


Moving On Up                           

Miami Dolphins
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Last Week: +6600

Very quietly, the Dolphins have moved into playoff position. If the postseason were to start today, they would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC. They don’t get many headlines, but their running game is now sixth in the NFL in total yards and fourth in yards per carry (4.7). On the other side of the ball, their defense has allowed just 20.2 points per game over their last six contests, which would put them in the Top 10 if they had performed that way all season. If those numbers hold up, they could end their playoff drought.


Kansas City Chiefs
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1600
Last Week: +2200

The Chiefs claimed an important divisional win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football and moved to 8-3 SU (5-6 ATS). Despite being a distant No. 5 seed in the AFC, they’re one game behind the 9-2 Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots. But it won’t be easy. The Chiefs have a very difficult schedule the rest of the way, with four of their last five games being against teams at .500 or better, including two division leaders. The 5-6 San Diego Chargers are the weakest team left on the Chiefs’ schedule.


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Houston Texans
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000
This Week: +6600

Back-to-back losses have hurt the Houston Texans’ progress. People are doubting quarterback Brock Osweiler, who threw three interceptions in Sunday’s 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Osweiler is now tied with Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick for the most interceptions (13) in the league. His 72.2 quarterback rating is tied with Fitzpatrick for the worst among starting quarterbacks, and his 210 passing yards per game and 59.5 completion percentage are tied for 29th in the NFL.


Minnesota Vikings
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +3300
This Week: +5000

After losing on Thanksgiving Thursday to the Detroit Lions, the Vikings’ slide has continued. They’ve now lost five of their last six games, and if the playoffs started today, they’d be on the outside looking in. That’s quite surprising considering their 5-0 season start.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+240): The Patriots’ position hasn’t changed after earning a close win over the New York Jets.

2. Dallas Cowboys (+400): The Cowboys topped Washington on Thanksgiving Day in impressive fashion and now have three more wins than the second-place teams in the NFC.

3. Seattle Seahawks (+750): The Seahawks tumbled from +550 because of their flat performance in Tampa Bay. The Seahawks lost 14-5, while producing just 245 yards of total offense.


*Odds as of November 29, 2016