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It’s been a long time since the Oakland Raiders were a winning team – let alone in contention. They haven’t finished with a record above .500 in the last 13 seasons, but they’ve managed to turn things around; the Raiders are 4-1 going into Week 6 and sitting atop the AFC West Division. On the strength of a three-game winning streak, they’ve made a move up the Super Bowl futures board.


Moving On Up                           

Oakland Raiders

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2500

Last Week: +3300


The Raiders turned aside the San Diego Chargers last week, earning their fourth win in five games. That’s their best start in 14 years. It’s not all rosy, though, as their defense is giving up 452.6 yards per game – the most in the NFL. They’ve also allowed the sixth-most points. However, their offense has been electric, averaging 28.4 points per game. If they can improve their defense, they could make a run for the Super Bowl.


Buffalo Bills

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000

Last Week: +6600

Look who’s back from the dead. The Bills were written off after an 0-2 start, but they’ve turned things around, earning wins against the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. Their defense has allowed just 37 points in total in the last three weeks. With the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins up next, the Bills could rise even further in the Super Bowl ranks.


Moving On Down

New York Giants

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +3300

This Week: +6600

The Giants started the season 2-0 and have lost three straight games since. The main reasons for their demise are the same as last year’s: They’re struggling to run the ball (27th in rushing yards per game), they’ve been sloppy with the football (-7 turnover ratio, which is the second-worst in the NFL) and their defense is struggling to get stops (allowing 25.3 points per game over their last three weeks).


Cincinnati Bengals

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2500

This Week: +4000

After getting manhandled by the Dallas Cowboys, the Bengals dropped in the futures rankings. Their two wins have come against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins – two teams that have combined for a 2-8 record. Meanwhile, all of the Bengals’ losses have come from teams with winning records. The Bengals are undoubtedly in decline right now.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+350): Quarterback Tom Brady returned and posted his eighth career 400-yard game last week against the Cleveland Browns.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (+675): After beating the New York Jets 31-13, the Steelers are now 4-1. Their only loss was to the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles.

3. Minnesota Vikings (+750): The Vikings beat the Houston Texans 31-13 on Sunday, adding another notch to their undefeated record (5-0 SU and ATS). Wide receiver Adam Thielen turned heads, breaking 100 yards for the first time in his career, ultimately finishing with 127 yards, seven catches and a touchdown.



*Odds as of October 11, 2016