NFL Power Rankings based on SB Odds
Since we're the Spread.com and we cater to bettors, every Tuesday we'll release NFL power rankings…but with a twist. Here are our current power rankings in the NFL, based on latest Super Bowl odds.
1. New England Patriots
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are 7/2 to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles might have the best record in the NFL, but New England has Tom Brady, who continues to carve up defenses at 40 years old. Brady and the Patriots have struggled recently in Denver, but on Sunday night they routed a struggling Broncos team to push their record to 7-2 on the year. The Pats are a 6.5-point road favorite to beat the Raiders on Sunday.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
At 8-1, Carson Wentz and the Eagles are the talk of the NFL this season. With the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants all losing on Sunday, Philadelphia can probably print its NFC East Champion T-shirts and wear them the rest of the season. At 5/1, the Eagles have the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl but are the top NFC team listed.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
Winners win and losers lose, right? Well, the Steelers keep winning despite so many close calls. Four of their seven wins this season have come by less than a touchdown but at 7-2, Pittsburgh has a commanding lead in the AFC North. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland aren't competitive this season so the Steelers can now work on getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They can add to the win column on Thursday night when they host the Titans as a 7-point favorite.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have lost three of their last four games but are still a respectable 12/1 to win the Super Bowl and have a few things working in their favor. For starters, they're currently the only team in their division with a winning record. They'll also play the hapless Giants, the struggling Bills and the competitive yet struggling Jets over their next three weeks. In fact, outside of the Bills, they might not play a team with a winning record the rest of the year. They should run away with the AFC West.
5. Los Angeles Rams
Who would have thought that the Rams would be the best turnaround in the NFL? Well, they are. Sean McVay's team was a massive 100/1 long-shot to win the Super Bowl at the start of the year but now they're 12/1, which is the same odds as the Chiefs. Their remarkable turnaround starts with the improvement of sophomore quarterback Jared Goff, who shredded the Texans for three touchdowns and over 350 yards passing on Sunday. Their defense has improved as well and due to Seattle's injury concerns, L.A. is clearly the team to beat in the NFC West.
6. Seattle Seahawks
Speaking of those Seahawks, Pete Carroll's team is 16/1 to win the Super Bowl. As previously mentioned, they have some injury problems. Richard Sherman was lost for the season due to a Achillies injury suffered last Thursday night in the team's win over the Cardinals. Earl Thomas is already out with a hamstring injury and new left tackle Duane Brown (acquired from the Texans at the trade deadline) suffered an ankle injury versus Arizona. Still, you can't count out the Seahawks with Russell Wilson at the helm. Plus, if they find a way to play a home game in the playoffs, they will be a tough out.
7. Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer's Vikings might be the most underrated team in the league, flying under the radar despite being in first place. At 16/1, the Vikings have the same odds as the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl but potential trouble lurks. Case Keenum lit up the Redskins for 327 yards and four touchdowns last Sunday but he also threw a couple of ugly interceptions that kept Washington in the game. With Teddy Bridgewater now active, does Zimmer turn back to his former quarterback for the stretch run? Right now no, but this is a story to monitor. The Vikings will host the Rams on Sunday in arguably the best matchup of Week 11.
8. Carolina Panthers
Here comes Cam Newton and Co. Armed with an outstanding defense and an improved running game, the Panthers are winning games like they did in route to the Super Bowl in 2015. They're red-hot too, winning three in a row. After facing the Jets this week, Carolina will travel to New Orleans for a rematch against the NFC South's top team. They also face the Vikings and travel to Atlanta on December 31st so the Panthers still have a few challenges that await. That said, at 25/1 to win the Super Bowl, the Panthers are an intriguing long-shot.
9. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons probably saved their season with their 27-7 win over the Cowboys. They took advantage of a Dallas team that was without Ezekiel Elliott and left tackle Tyron Smith, and one that lost middle linebacker Sean Lee during the game. Still, the Falcons were impressive based on how they won, which was with a nasty pass-rush and a dominant performance in the second half (something that has eluded them since the Super Bowl). At 30/1, the Falcons could make things interesting in the NFC with a win Monday night in Seattle. They're currently a 3-point underdog but are receiving over 50% of the tickets at the moment.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Falcons, Jaguars and Titans all have 30/1 odds to win the Super Bowl so let's talk about both Jacksonville and Tennessee here. With their respective wins on Sunday, the Jags and Titans remain tied atop the AFC South at 6-3, respectively. The Titans currently own the tie-breaker over the Jaguars by virtue of their 37-16 win over Jacksonville in Week 2. What's really interesting is that these two teams don't play again until the final week of the season, when the Jaguars have to travel to Nashville. The division could be up-for-grabs when the two teams meet. The Titans have a nasty running game, but the Jaguars own one of the best defenses in the league and have their own pounding rushing attack to deal with. It's going to be an interesting final month-and-a-half in the AFC South.
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