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The Oakland Raiders are looking more and more like serious contenders. They easily handled the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday, and moved into first place in the AFC West and second place in the conference. With their next three games all at home, the Raiders head into their bye as this week’s biggest riser on the Super Bowl futures market.


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Oakland Raiders
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1600
Last Week: +6600

After beating their rivals from Denver, the Oakland Raiders are now 7-2 SU (6-3 ATS) this season and just a half-game behind the AFC-leading New England Patriots. While the Raiders’ offense has been stellar all season, their defense has found its feet recently after struggling early on. They gave up 28.3 points per game over their first six contests, but have allowed just 20 points per game over their last three. If their defense and running game continue to perform like they did on Sunday, they’ll be tough to beat in the playoffs.


Carolina Panthers
This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Last Week: +2800

The Panthers have now won two straight games, improving to 3-5 SU (2-5-1 ATS). Despite being in 14th place in the NFC standings, they’re within arm’s reach of the Washington Redskins, who are 4-3-1 and currently hold the final playoff spot. The Panthers can get closer by beating the Kansas City Chiefs this week, but the Chiefs are riding a hot streak of their own, winning the last four in a row. Carolina is laying 3 points for the game as we go to press.


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Minnesota Vikings
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +900
This Week: +2800

The Vikings started the season 5-0 before going on to lose three straight. Their offense has disappeared; they’ve scored a total of 36 points in the last three weeks after averaging 23.8 in their first five games. Quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked 13 times during the losing streak, and meanwhile the team has averaged only 78 rushing yards per contest. Unless they can find a way to fix their offensive woes, they might not make the playoffs.


Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +5000
This Week: +7500

Speaking of teams that have trailed off after starting hot, the Eagles have followed up their season-opening three-game winning streak with losses in four of their last five games. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has had five interceptions in the last five games, after going interception-free through the first three weeks. On the other side of the ball, a defense that gave up a total of 27 points through their first three games has allowed at least 24 in four of their last five. They’ve tumbled to 10th place in the NFC standings.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+200): The Patriots were on their bye week, and their odds still improved.

2. Dallas Cowboys (+800): With a comfortable win over the Cleveland Browns, the Cowboys improved to 7-1 SU and ATS.

3. Seattle Seahawks (+800): The Seahawks are still one of the best teams in the NFC, but they’re a step behind Dallas in the standings.

*Odds as of November 8, 2016