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If the playoffs started today, the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons would be the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the NFC. Who expected that would be the case after one month of action? At any rate, both teams are riding three-game winning streaks and are atop their divisions, which is why they are the biggest risers of the week in the Super Bowl futures market.


Moving On Up

Los Angeles Rams

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +4000

Last Week: +6600

The Rams are among the biggest surprises of the young season. In Week 1, they were shutout 28-0 by the hapless San Francisco 49ers. The Rams didn’t even score their first offensive touchdown until Week 3. However, there’s no denying the quality of a 17-13 win in Arizona – a team many pegged as the top contender in the NFC. The Rams are 3-1, yet star running back Todd Gurley is only averaging 2.6 yards per carry and 54.0 yards per game. If his numbers improve, this team could be a legitimate playoff contender.


Atlanta Falcons

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2500

Last Week: +6600

The Falcons started 6-1 last season before the bottom fell out (they finished 8-8), so their 3-1 start has to be tempered. However, it’s hard to deny how strong their offense has been. They’re averaging 38.0 points per game and quarterback Matt Ryan already has 1,473 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 5,892 yards on the season. The current record for a season is 5,477 yards. We’ll learn more about the Falcons in the next two weeks as they face tougher defenses with visits to Denver and Seattle.


Moving On Down

Kansas City Chiefs

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +2000

This Week: +2800

The Chiefs’ up-and-down season continues. They were crushed 43-14 by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Were it not for their miracle comeback in Week 1, this team would be 1-3 now. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time; they need a week off to regroup.


Indianapolis Colts

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +3300

This Week: +5000

A 30-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London dropped the Colts in the power rankings. No team in the AFC has given up more than the 125 points that the Colts have allowed, and no team in the NFL has allowed more than the 15 sacks they’ve permitted.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+400): On Sunday, the Patriots were shutout for the first time ever at Gillette Stadium, but quarterback Tom Brady is set to return this week.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (+700): The Steelers’ ugly loss to the Philadelphia Eagles has been forgotten. They’ve moved up to second in line in the futures market.

3. Seattle Seahawks (+750): After a shaky season start, the Seahawks have won back-to-back games while averaging 32.0 points per game.



*Odds as of October 4, 2016