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.
With Week 1 just ending, let’s get started. All odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Buffalo Bills (1-0, +6600)
The Bills kicked off their season with a divisional rivalry against the New York Jets. Plenty of buzz surrounded the Jets this season, after bringing superstar running back Le’Veon Bell into the backfield. It looked grim through three quarters for the Bills, trailing 16-3 in an away game. But a 14-0 fourth quarter led by QB Josh Allen propelled Buffalo to a one-point victory. The win shortened the Bills’ Super Bowl odds from +8000 (T-25th-shortest) to +6600 (20th-shortest.)
There’s no doubt the Bills are still a long shot to win the Super Bowl, especially since they share a division with the all-powerful Patriots, but it’s a step in the right direction. Oddly enough, Buffalo will play its second consecutive away game in the same stadium, as they take on the New York Giants in Week 2. The Bills are 1.5-point favorites and have a great opportunity to start the season off 2-0. There are enough winnable games in their schedule to sneak into a Wild Card spot, so I wouldn’t count the Bills out entirely.
Baltimore Ravens (1-0, +2500)
The highest scoring game of Week 1 was an absolute blowout. The Ravens destroyed the Dolphins 59-10, leading us all to believe that Miami is going to be an automatic win for most teams this season. I don’t want to take anything away from Baltimore, whose offensive explosion of this magnitude was not on my radar, but I think this may have been the perfect storm. Will Lamar Jackson throw five TDs every week? Of course not. But, at the very least, he’s shown that he’s more than just a running quarterback, which will really open things up for Baltimore’s offense.
The Ravens started the season with +3300 (T-16th-shortest) odds to become Super Bowl champs. After a statement game in Miami, they’ve cut those odds down to +2500, tied for the 11th-shortest with the Bears, Steelers and Seahawks. Week 2 sets up nicely for Baltimore, as it will play host to the Arizona Cardinals, who are fresh off of a Week 1 tie. The Ravens open as 13-point favorites, which is a bit high for my liking, but it’s a game they should win. As we know, the Bengals are bad, the Steelers don’t look so solid and the Browns have been brushed aside as a top team in the AFC already. Point being, the AFC North is Baltimore’s for the taking.
Dallas Cowboys (1-0, +1750)
After some preseason drama with their star running back, the Cowboys put on a methodical offensive display to more double their New York rival’s score, winning 35-17 over the Giants. While Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown, Dak Prescott carried the team with four passing TDs to four different receivers. It’s a great sign for the ‘Boys as they look to improve on last season’s 10-6 record and Divisional Round playoff exit.
Prior to their Week 1 matchup, the Cowboys were tied for the 10th-shortest odds at +2200 to win the Super Bowl. Heading into Week 2, they’re sitting in the 6th-shortest spot at +1750 with the Packers and Chargers. With one division win under its belt, Dallas heads to D.C. as 4.5-point favorites to gather a second against its NFC East foe. The Redskins weren’t as bad as some had anticipated, but they still came up short against the Eagles. This is an awesome chance for the Cowboys to establish their superiority in the division, especially with a Week 3 cake walk against the Dolphins on the docket.
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