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. I’ll highlight three teams whose Super Bowl winning odds will change the most in Week 8.ire
Week 7’s biggest shift = Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you haven’t been paying attention, Tom Brady has continued being Tom Brady, just on a new team. The high-powered offense, which will kick it up a gear with Antonio Brown joining the squad, and the top-notch defense were too much for the Oakland Raiders to handle, resulting in a 45-20 blowout. This win cut Tampa’s Super Bowl odds from +1200 (6th-shortest) to +800 (3rd-shortest). The Bucs should be able to advance to 6-2 in a Monday night matchup against the New York Giants before their final face-off of the season with the New Orleans Saints.
As we approach Week 8, let’s break down which teams could see the biggest changes. All odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Seattle Seahawks (5-1, +1000)
This week, I’m taking a slightly different angle for one of the three. Instead of only suggesting teams that are in a promising “buy” position, let’s check out a team that would be worth waiting on. The Seahawks suffered their first loss on Sunday night against the high-flying Cardinals, coming up short by a score of 37-34 in overtime. This stretched their odds from +750 (3rd-shortest) to +1000 (5th-shortest), which is a trend that could continue into next week.
Seattle will enter another difficult divisional rivalry in Week 8, as it hosts the 4-3 San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have been ravaged by injuries throughout the first half of the season, though the Seahawks will also head into this week with minimal running back options after dealing with knocks to their top three guys. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards this season, and if they can limit Russell Wilson at all, then they have a realistic shot at pulling out a win. Even with a Seattle win, the team’s odds wouldn’t be significantly impacted. On the other hand, if the Hawks go on a two-game losing streak, you’ll be able to get them at their longest odds of the season. Wait it out for now.
Cleveland Browns (5-2, +4000)
Well, we were right in predicting that the Browns would pull out the victory in Week 7. Although, we were wrong about their odds getting a noticeable bump. In fact, their odds didn’t move at all. That’s great news for all of you Browns believers (I’m aware that crowd may be limited), especially as they carry the momentum from their 37-34 win over the Bengals into a Week 8 game against the Raiders.
One (major) hesitation is the ACL tear suffered by Odell Beckham Jr., though Cleveland is expecting to get their stud running back Nick Chubb back after the Week 9 bye. Consider the fact that the Ravens and Steelers meet this week, and all of a sudden there’s a massive opportunity for the Browns to make a meaningful move on the AFC North. If the Browns can figure out a way to limit teams to 20 points, they’ll be a side to take seriously.
New England Patriots (2-4, +6000)
This one is a long shot. That is certainly a foreign concept for Patriots fans after decades of being favored to, at the very least, make a run for the AFC Championship. Now the organization is entering unfamiliar territory after extending its losing streak to three games with a dispiriting 33-6 defeat against the 49ers. At third place in the AFC East with a 2-4 record, the future of New England’s 2020 season looks grim.
But (you knew there had to be a “but”) Week 8 could be the turning point that every football fan cites when they’re watching the Patriots lift the Lombardi trophy in four months. If Cam Newton can find his footing, which will be extremely hard in an offense with minimal weapons, and lead his squad to a win over the division-leading Buffalo Bills, the mood will undoubtedly shift. Plus, if the Rams can summon the recent LA sports magic and push aside the Dolphins, all of a sudden, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are right back in the discussion. Taking New England at +6000 (T-17th-shortest) doesn’t sound like a horrible idea.
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