ODDS TO WIN SUPERBOWL LI
ATLANTA FALCONS +700
DALLAS COWBOYS +450
GREEN BAY PACKERS +700
HOUSTON TEXANS +5000
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS +850
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS +165
PITTSBURGH STEELERS +650
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +1200
FAVORITE TO BACK: New England Patriots ( +165 )
With the Raiders seemingly losing all hope of making a Super Bowl run after Derek Carr went down to a season-ending injury and then falling to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round, the Patriots path to the Super Bowl was made easier even before the Hoodie started game planning for this week’s opponent. Though their the chalk to win the AFC as well as the entire enchilada, if New England doesn’t make the big game, it will have meant that either the Texans, Chiefs or Steelers went into Gillette Stadium and handed them a defeat. New England lost two games at home this season, but only one with Tom Brady under center. They’re the biggest favorites in the Divisional Round since 1999 and will likely be in the AFC Championship Game for the sixth straight season come next Sunday. You could do a lot worse if you plan to take the chalk route to LI.
LONGSHOT TO BACK: Green Bay Packers ( +700 )
If you didn’t hit the green and gold on the futures odds last week when they offered up a +750 return, you best do so this week because Green Bay’s odds to win it all will plummet if it goes into Big D and avenges that regular season defeat to the Cowboys. The way Mike McCarthy’s squad is currently playing, it’s entirely possible they do just that. Sunday’s 38-13 dismantling of the Giants marked the squad’s seventh straight win and third straight cover. During that streak, Rodgers and company won both games they went off the board dogged in. Green Bay’s passing attack is firing on all cylinders right now, and the Cowboys pass defense leaves much to be desired. We’ve seen this scenario play out the last time the Packers got hot heading into the postseason. They ended up riding that hot streak into the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title.
ODDS MOVEMENT: Dallas Cowboys ( +450 )
With the Packers rattling off their seventh straight win and sixth cover during that stretch against the GMEN, the Cowboys’ odds increased from +375 to +450. Value hunters will no doubt be getting themselves a taste of that return with Jason Garrett’s squad by far the most consistent and impressive team the NFC had to offer this season. Save for a Week 1 loss to the Giants, the Cowboys went unblemished at home winning seven straight games and covering the closing number in five of them. If it finds a way to get by the streaking Packers, the Cowboys would host next week’s NFC Championship Game against either Atlanta or Seattle. The Falcons likely wouldn’t be able to handle Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys rushing attack, and while Seattle has the defense to give Dallas’s offense some problems, the Seahawks were a much different team when playing away from CenturyLink Field.