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 2 just ending, let’s get started. All odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Detroit Lions (1-0-1, +6600)
The Lions pulled off a huge victory over the Chargers, winning 13-10 off of a fourth quarter TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay. Holding Los Angeles to ten points is a respectable feat, even if your team is giving up the sixth-most yards in the league. After tying the Cardinals in Week 1, the Lions have their second undefeated start through the first two games in three seasons. This week’s win shortened the Lions’ Super Bowl odds from +15000 (T-28th-shortest) to +6600 (T-19th-shortest.)
Is this trend sustainable? I think not. Detroit’s next four games are as follows: Eagles, Chiefs, Packers, Vikings. There’s a very good chance that the Lions emerge from Week 7 with a 1-4-1 record. In order to avoid that, they’ll have some big odds to overcome. First up, the Eagles welcome them to Philly in Week 3, with the Lions starting out as seven-point underdogs. Following a loss to the Falcons, though, maybe the Eagles aren’t as good as everyone expected.
Atlanta Falcons (1-1, +2500)
As mentioned above, the Falcons defeated the Eagles in a Sunday Night Football game that came right down to the wire. Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a 54-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 24-20 lead, leaving just 2:10 left on the game clock. The Eagles drove down to the redzone, but came up short on fourth down by about a foot. A much-needed recovery win from Week 1’s loss to the Vikings cuts the Falcons’ Super Bowl odds from +4000 (T-17th-shortest) to +2500 (T-10th-shortest.) Oh, and Drew Brees likely being out for six weeks probably attributed to that, as well.
The Falcons head to Indianapolis next week to take on the first of three consecutive AFC South opponents. The Colts (1-1) have shown that they won’t roll over just because their star QB Andrew Luck retired, but the Falcons (+2.5) should still see this as a winnable game. With the Brees news breaking today, the NFC South is wide open, and the Falcons are now +250 (still second to the Saints) to win the division. A Super Bowl run isn’t out of the question for Atlanta.
Dallas Cowboys (2-0, +1300)
This is the second week in a row that I’ve featured the Cowboys in this third spot, which I’m officially designating for realistic Super Bowl contenders. Dallas handled Washington in Week 2 in a 31-21 road victory. Dak Prescott ranks third in the league in passing yards, adding three more TDs to his stat sheet this week. Although the Cowboys will be without Michael Gallup for the immediate future, Dak should have plenty of weapons to keep the offense rolling.
The ‘Boys came into Week 2 with +1650 (T-6th-shortest) odds to win the Super Bowl. They’ll be heading into a Week 3 home game against Miami with +1300 (4th-shortest) odds. Dallas is a 21-point favorite to start the week, and there’s no reason this game should be even remotely close. Then, in Week 4, the Cowboys go up against a Brees-less Saints team. With two division wins under their belt, the Cowboys are in a prime position to be the top dog in the NFC.
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