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In the NFC, most of the attention goes to the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, leaving the Atlanta Falcons to be somewhat overlooked. But the Falcons have played as well as any team this NFL season. After beating the Carolina Panthers 33-16 on Saturday, Atlanta has gained the most ground in the future rankings.


Moving On Up                           

Atlanta Falcons
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Last Week: +1600

The Falcons probably don’t get as much love as they should in the headlines, but their +128 point differential is the third-best in the NFL, trailing only the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys. Their offense has been unstoppable all season and is even better as of late. They’ve won six of their last eight games and scored at least 33 points in each of those wins. With Seattle’s loss on Saturday, the Falcons have moved up to the second spot in the NFC. They’ll be tough to beat on their home turf in Atlanta. 


Kansas City Chiefs
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1100
Last Week: +1600

The Chiefs put forth one of their best offensive efforts of the season on Sunday, resulting in a 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos. With Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffering a season-ending injury, the door has opened for the Chiefs to reclaim the AFC West Division title and the No. 2 seed in the AFC. 


Moving On Down

Oakland Raiders
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1200
This Week: +2800

The Raiders won last week, but lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a broken fibula. It’s a heartbreaking loss for Raiders fans and a catastrophic blow to the Raiders’ Super Bowl hopes. Carr had been in the conversation for league MVP, but is now looking at a six-to-eight-week recovery. The Raiders will have to turn to backup Matt McGloin to lead them the rest of the way.


Seattle Seahawks
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +550
This Week: +1100

The Seahawks suffered their first home loss of the season on Sunday. They’ve gone cold in the home stretch, suffering three losses in their last five games. Already, they’ve slipped from second seed in the NFC – a spot that gives them a bye in the opening round and home-field advantage in the Divisional Round – to fourth. Now, they’ll have to play an extra game and will probably host just one playoff game. To make matters worse, they’re just 2-4-1 on the road this season.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+190): The Patriots cruised to an easy 41-3 win over the New York Jets on Saturday. They’ll still need to win next week to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

2. Dallas Cowboys (+325): The Cowboys have locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC as well as home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (+800): The Steelers’ win combined with the Seahawks’ loss has pushed Pittsburgh to the third spot on the futures market.


*Odds as of December 28, 2016