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NFL Odds: Super Bowl 53 Betting Favourites

We’re not even halfway through the 2018 regular season, and the NFL already feels like a different league. There’s a new crop of quarterbacks stealing the spotlight, with Patrick Mahomes II leading the way; Sam Darnold is knocking on the door, while Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen have all shown signs of promise. The league’s new penalties for roughing the passer have helped ease these first-year starters into service. Mahomes has only been sacked six times, and he’s first in the league with 18 touchdown passes heading into Week 7.

But the NFL’s biggest change for 2018 can be found atop the NFL odds board, where the Los Angeles Rams are the new big thing. With third-year QB Jared Goff once again performing his magic for reigning AP Coach of the Year Sean McVay, the Rams are the only unbeaten team left after six games, and they’re the clear favourites to win Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. Not even the New England Patriots can touch them at this point. Is it time to ring in a new dynasty in the NFL?

 

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Maybe soon, but there are several other hopefuls lining up for the throne – and the Patriots aren’t about to give up their alpha status willingly, to the Rams or anyone else. Here are the top five title contenders on the NFL betting lines at press time:

 

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1. Los Angeles Rams: +333 NFL Odds

They were +650 co-favourites with the Patriots in September, but the Rams (6-0 SU, 3-3 ATS) now have the No. 1 spot all to themselves. Big things were expected after Los Angeles beefed up their defense during the offseason; however, the Rams have actually regressed in that department, both against the run and the pass. Five-time Pro Bowl CB Aqib Talib (ankle), acquired from the Denver Broncos in March, is one of seven LA defenders who have already been placed on injured reserve or the PUP list. The Rams have dropped all three of their games ATS since Talib went down.

 

2. New England Patriots: +600 NFL Odds

The Patriots (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) are no longer on top of the NFL Vegas odds, but they still improved from +650 to +600 after the return of WR Julian Edelman, who missed the first four games to a PED suspension. The acquisition of WR Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 has also given New England a boost; they’ve won all three games at 2-1 ATS since pulling off that trade. Nobody’s ready to write off the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era just yet.

 

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3. Kansas City Chiefs: +700 NFL Odds

With Mahomes lighting it up, the Chiefs (5-1 SU, 6-0 ATS) have yet to lose against the NFL lines this year – their 43-40 loss to the Patriots (–3.5 at home) in Week 6 was even seen as a moral victory, after Mahomes twice erased a Kansas City deficit in the fourth quarter with TD passes. The Chiefs have seen their NFL odds improve from +1200 to +700 since September, but there are legitimate concerns about their defense – especially against the run, where they rank last in the league in terms of efficiency.

 

4. New Orleans Saints: +800 NFL Odds

The Saints (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) don’t have much of a defense either, but head coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees are still lethal at the other end of the field, and that should be good enough for another playoff run in the “new” NFL. Brees is the top quarterback in the NFL through Week 6 in just about every non-counting stat you can imagine (the Saints have only played five games), and he recently broke Peyton Manning’s league record for most passing yards, with 72,103 and counting.

 

5. Minnesota Vikings: +1200 NFL Odds

While the other four teams on this list have improved their Super Bowl 53 odds, the Vikings (3-2-1 SU and ATS) have fallen from +900 to +1200, and they might keep falling if their secondary doesn’t get healthy soon. Even after spending all that money on QB Kirk Cousins (who has performed decently thus far - if not quite at a Pro Bowl level), Minnesota have a minus-8 point differential heading into Week 7, and they lost CB Mike Hughes – their first-round pick in 2018 – to a torn ACL on Sunday. Winter is coming, Vikes fans.

 

 

*Odds as of October 17, 2018

 

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