Super Bowl Futures: Packers Rise, Raiders Fall

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Just over six weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers were 4-6 and left for dead. At that point, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the team could run the table and make the playoffs, but nobody believed him. Fast forward a few weeks and Rodgers’ premonition has come true. His team is one of the hottest in the NFL and one that nobody wants to see face in the playoffs.

 

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Green Bay Packers
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +700
Last Week: +1000

The Packers continued their winning ways on Sunday, beating the Detroit Lions 31-24. Green Bay’s win streak has stretched to six games, during which, Rodgers passed for 15 touchdowns and threw no interceptions. But the resurgence isn’t just because of Rodgers; the whole team has come together in the last six weeks. The offense is averaging 30.8 points per game, and the defense is giving up 18.7 points per game. If they averaged those numbers for the season, they’d rank second and fifth in each category. Since they won the division last week, they’ll host the New York Giants on Sunday.

 

Kansas City Chiefs
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +900
Last Week: +1200

The Chiefs’ win against the Chargers combined with the Oakland Raiders’ loss against the Broncos elevated Kansas City to the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Their efforts are rewarded with a bye week, and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs against everyone except the New England Patriots. The Chiefs have won 10 of their last 12 games since starting the year 2-2.

 

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Oakland Raiders
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2800
This Week: +6600

One week after losing starting quarterback Derek Carr, who had been in the discussion for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, the Raiders lost backup quarterback Matt McGloin. If McGloin isn’t ready this week, rookie Connor Shaw will start. To make matters worse, the Raiders’ Week 17 loss resulted in a tumble from the No. 2 seed in the AFC to No. 5. Their road to the Super Bowl has become far more challenging.

 

Detroit Lions
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +4000
This Week: +6600

The Lions blew several chances to clinch the NFC North title. Now they’ll have to win three road games to get there – a considerable challenge for a team that won only three road games in eight regular season contests. This weekend, they play outdoors in Seattle; eight of the Lions’ nine regular season wins came inside domes.

 

Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+190): The Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 17 and clinched the AFC’s top seed.

2. Dallas Cowboys (+400): The Cowboys rested many key starters against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, losing 27-13.

3. Green Bay Packers (+700): The Packers’ dominant six-game winning streak has vaulted them into the top three futures rankings. They’re valued even higher than the No. 2 seeds in each conference.

 

*Odds as of January 3, 2017