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Four weeks are left in the regular season, which means playoff musical chairs is underway. Six teams are battling for the final berth in the AFC, while seven are in the thick of things in the NFC, including the Green Bay Packers, who were one of the biggest risers on this week’s Super Bowl futures board.


Moving On Up                           

Green Bay Packers
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Last Week: +5000

The Packers were left for dead after a Week 11 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Redskins, but they’ve since responded with back-to-back wins, pushing their record to 6-6 SU (6-5-1 ATS). Despite being the ninth seed in the NFC, they can still make the playoffs. In the following four weeks, the Packers have one meeting with every team in their division, and how they perform in those games will dictate their playoff eligibility, especially their Week 17 showdown with the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (8-4 SU and ATS).


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Last Week: +6600

The Bucs are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. After winning four straight games and six of eight, they’ve proven they’re no fluke. They went into Kansas City and edged the Chiefs 19-17 before toppling the Seattle Seahawks 14-5 at home.

Quarterback Jameis Winston has led the way, throwing for 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his last eight contests. His total quarterback rating of 68.8 puts him at No. 11 in the league. If the playoffs started now, the Bucs would slip in through a wild card berth.


Moving On Down

Miami Dolphins
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000
This Week: +7500

The Dolphins’ six-game win streak ended with an ugly 32-point loss in Baltimore. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled mightily against the league’s top defense, throwing a career-high three interceptions. To make matters worse, running back Jay Ajayi has cooled off significantly. He totaled 529 rushing yards through Weeks 6, 7 and 9, and compiled a meagre total of 262 in his last four games combined.

The Week 13 loss dropped Miami from inside the playoff cut to the No. 7 seed, one game behind the 8-4 Denver Broncos.


New York Giants
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2800
This Week: +3300

The Pittsburgh Steelers put an end to the New York Giants’ six-game winning streak on Sunday. At 8-4 SU (6-5-1 ATS), the Giants are still in great shape to make the playoffs, but they have a challenging couple of weeks ahead; the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys are up next, followed by the 8-4 Detroit Lions.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+290): The Patriots cruised to a 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

2. Dallas Cowboys (+350): The Cowboys edged the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football, and now get to face the New York Giants – the only team that has defeated them so far.

3. Seattle Seahawks (+525): The Seahawks dominated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday Night Football, but lost Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas for the season.


*Odds as of December 6, 2016