The landscape of the National Football League changes every week. Where we thought teams lined up before Week 1 can (and usually does) end up being completely different to where they actually end up come Week 17. But all teams are focusing on one goal, even if it calls for a season to be tanked in the meantime. Everyone is aiming for the Super Bowl. And that’s exactly what we’ll focus on here. Every week, I’ll highlight three teams that most improved their Super Bowl winning odds.
Week 10 is a wrap and we’re now headed into Week 11, so let’s get started. All odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4, +5000)
Did the Steelers figure it out or did the Steelers figure it out? With a win over the LA Rams on Sunday, Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to four games to jump into a three-way tie for the second AFC Wild Card spot with Indianapolis and Oakland. Mason Rudolph hasn’t had to over-perform thanks to his outstanding defense, which is one takeaway shy (26) of the league-leading Patriots. Going into Week 11, the Steelers have shortened their Super Bowl odds from +6000 (16th-shortest) to +5000 (T-13th-shortest).
There’s a good possibility the Steelers end up with 10 wins. This season in the AFC, that would most likely be good enough to punch a ticket to the playoffs. But coach Tomlin will be taking it one game at a time, which brings us to Thursday night. Pittsburgh heads to Cleveland on a short week. The Browns improved to 3-6 with a narrow victory over the Bills, and it’s a step in the right direction. The DK Sportsbook has the Steelers as 2.5-point underdogs, but as anyone who has been keeping track of the NFL this season knows, all momentum is on their side.
Baltimore Ravens (7-2, +650)
Keeping with the AFC North, I have to discuss the Baltimore Ravens once again. Beating the Bengals marks five wins in a row, which is the longest current winning streak in the league. Over those five games, they’ve outscored their opponents by a total of 76 points. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram have led their offense to a league-leading 197.2 rushing yards per game and 33.3 points per game. They’ve skyrocketed to the top of the NFL in terms of contenders, trimming their Super Bowl odds from +1000 (T-4th-shortest) last week to +650 (T-2nd with the Saints) this week.
The Ravens are unstoppable. Well, until they’ve been stopped, of course. If the Texans aren’t able to do so this week, perhaps the Rams, 49ers or Bills will be up to the task in the weeks to follow. It’s certainly not an easy schedule moving forward, but playing against playoff-caliber teams will be great practice for Baltimore, who has basically solidified its spot in the postseason. This week’s game against the Texans is arguably the most important of the season. A loss would give Houston the tie-breaker for the first-round bye.
Seattle Seahawks (8-2, +1600)
Week 10 finished up with an overtime thriller in San Francisco, where the Niners finally lost their undefeated season. This was no fluke. The Seahawks are an all-around good team. Their defense kept pace with San Francisco’s on the turnover count, and while they were on the right side of a horrendous game-winning field goal attempt, Russell Wilson led his team to its third win in a row. If the Seahawks weren’t in the Super Bowl discussion before, they are now. Their odds dropped from +3000 (12th-shortest) to +1600 (7th-shortest).
It’s a bit insulting to think that the Rams had shorter odds than the Seahawks just last week, but that’s been properly adjusted. If you watched Monday night’s game, you heard Booger McFarland say Russell Wilson is the leader in the MVP race approximately 34 times (one for each passing attempt, probably). While we all love poking fun at Booger, he’s not wrong there. And if Wilson can carry his team to win at least a majority of the final six games of the season, five of which are against opponents currently holding a winning record, it’s going to be difficult to argue against that. For now, the Seahawks will enjoy their well-deserved bye week before heading to Philly for a Sunday night showdown.
Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.
Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER
*21+. NJ/IN only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.