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Week 2 of the 2016 season has come and gone, and while many teams have shifted around, the New England Patriots have stayed put. They’ll be starting a third-string quarterback this week in a must-see game against the uprising Houston Texans. Here’s a look at this week’s Super Bowl futures.


Moving On Up

New England Patriots

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +450

Last Week: +750

Tom Brady has yet to play a regulation snap for the Patriots this season, but they still started 2-0 and moved up the ranks. That’s partially because a lot of their preseason contenders have tailed off. The Seattle Seahawks lost in Los Angeles to the Rams last week, and the Green Bay Packers slipped in Minnesota. The Carolina Panthers also started off on the wrong foot, suffering an opening-week loss in Denver. The Patriots are at the top of the futures board and will be even tougher to stop when Brady returns.


Houston Texans

This Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +1600

Last Week: +2500

The Texans have been among the AFC’s top performers so far. They defeated the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. Granted, both games were at home, but the Texans appear to have improved their offense, which was their main weakness last season. QB Brock Osweiler has been serviceable, rookie receiver Will Fuller has been impressive with back-to-back receiving games of 100+ yards and running back Lamar Miller has proven to be a workhorse.

They’ll catch a break this week when they face the Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo-less Patriots on Thursday night.


Moving Down

Washington Redskins

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +12500

This Week: +15000

The Redskins won the NFC East last season, but started their 2016 campaign 0-2. The main culprit has been their performance in the red zone. In 2015, QB Kirk Cousins had a 113.5 passer rating in the red zone. Through two games this season, that number has dropped to 19.6 (5-of-17 for 34 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions).

The Redskins are in danger of falling into a deeper hole this week and are 4.5-point underdogs for their Sunday game against the New York Giants.


Indianapolis Colts

Last Week’s Super Bowl Odds: +3300

This Week: +6600

The Colts have started the season with two straight losses, which is why they’ve tumbled from +2500 (before Week 1) to +6600 after Week 2. Their defense has allowed a league-high 73 points so far, and they simply won’t be able to compete for a playoff spot giving up points at that rate. They are three-point home favourites when they host the San Diego Chargers this week.


Updated Super Bowl Futures Top Three

1. New England Patriots (+450): The Patriots are now the clear-cut favourites. There are only three other teams inside of 10/1 on the Super Bowl futures board.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (+700): The Steelers have looked as good as anyone these past two weeks. They dismissed their biggest division rival last Sunday, turning aside the Cincinnati Bengals 24-16.

3. Green Bay Packers (+800): The Packers lost at Minnesota and struggled on offense for a second straight week. Their odds dipped from +700 to +800.


*Odds as of September 20, 2016