For the second straight week, the Denver Broncos sit atop of the NFL Futures list as favorites to win Super Bowl XLVII.
Following the final week of regular season play, the Mile High team saw its odds of lifting the Lombardi trophy shorten for a third straight week.
Denver (13-3) closed out the season with a 38-3 thrashing off the hapless Kansas City Chiefs, securing an 11-game winning streak heading into postseason play. The win also locked-up the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Considered 15/1 to win the Super Bowl ahead of this season, the Broncos are now considered 3/1 to win it all.
New England (12-4) retained its spot at No. 2 on the list with a 28-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots’ loss to San Francisco three weeks ago heavily impacted the team’s Super Bowl odds, but a second straight win has Bill Belichick’s side back on familiar ground.
The Patriots – winners of eight of the last nine – are considered 15/4 to head to New Orleans on Feb. 3 and win the famous trophy.
After being humiliated by the Seahawks last week, San Francisco (11-4-1) returns to the NFL Futures’ top three. The 49ers took care of business on Sunday, defeating Arizona 27-13 to take home the NFC West crown.
Jim Harbaugh’s side also clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC, ensuring a bye during Wild Card Weekend. Odds of the Niners winning the Super Bowl have fallen to 6/1.
If Atlanta (13-3) feels slighted by San Francisco’s leapfrogging the side to move into the top three, the Falcons should at least be used to the feeling. Oddsmakers have continually dismissed the Georgia side this season.
With a No. 1 berth and home field advantage wrapped-up throughout the NFC playoffs, Atlanta lost a meaningless game against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Be it that result or others on the weekend, the Falcons slipped from 6/1 to 7/1 on the NFL Futures list this week.
Winners of nine of 10 heading into play on Sunday, Green Bay (11-5) suffered a mishap, losing to a Vikings side clawing to make the playoffs. The loss saw the Packers fall to 11-5 and a No. 3 berth in the playoffs. The Pack’s odds of winning the Super Bowl also fell from 6/1 to 15/2.
Seattle (11-5) closed out the season with a win over St. Louis, a fifth straight victory and seventh in eight games. It wasn’t enough to catch San Francisco for the NFC West crown, nor was it enough to impress oddsmakers. The Seahawks’ odds of Super Bowl glory fell from 8/1 to 11/1.
Houston (12-4) was this week’s big losers on the Futures front. The Texans tripped up in Indianapolis, losing 28-16 to the Colts and falling away from the top AFC playoff berth. In fact, Houston is now a No. 3 seed and will have to host a game during Wild Card Weekend.
Unsurprisingly, the Texans – losers of three of the last four – saw their odds of winning the Super Bowl increase in the wake of this result. The side is now 15/1 to lift the Lombardi trophy, and seventh on the NFL Futures list, just four weeks after topping the list for 12 straight weeks.
Washington (10-6) completed an unthinkable turnaround season by defeating the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, winning the NFC East title and securing the No. 4 playoff berth in the process. The result saw the Redskins continue to climb the NFL Futures, with Super Bowl odds shortening to 18/1. In a boost for local pride, the Redskins topped nearby Baltimore on the list for the first time this season.
Washington will host Seattle in the second NFC Wild Card matchup this weekend (Sun. 4:30 PM ET).
Baltimore (10-6) continued its late season slump, succumbing to divisional rivals, Cincinnati. The Ravens have now lost four of the last five, a fact that has registered with oddsmakers. The loss has seen the side’s odds slip to 22/1.
Washington wasn’t the only side making good on an unexpected run. Minnesota (10-6) secured a playoff spot with a narrow 37-34 win over Green Bay on Sunday. Although Adrian Peterson came up nine yards shy of beating Eric Dickerson’s record for most rushing yards in a single-season, the Vikings will be jubilant to be playing next week. The side’s Super Bowl odds shortened from 60/1 to 40/1 with confirmation of a postseason berth.
Having beaten the Packers in Minneapolis in Week 17, Minnesota will turn around and visit Green Bay this weekend for the first NFC Wild Card game (Sat. 8:00 PM ET).
Despite defeating Baltimore on Sunday, Cincinnati (10-6) saw its Super Bowl odds increase from 40/1 to 45/1 following this weekend’s action. Winners of seven of the last eight, the Bengals have some serious upset potential however, and will be treated with caution by all in the AFC playoffs.
Cincinnati will visit Houston in the first AFC Wild Card game this weekend (Sun. 4:30 PM ET).
Indianapolis (11-5) – another side that has had an unbelievable season – improved its outlook on the Futures list with a win over Houston. The side is now considered 45/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII, an upgrade from last week’s 60/1. Like Cincinnati – who share the same odds – the Colts could prove a threat this postseason, especially during Wild Card weekend.
Indianapolis will meet Baltimore in the second AFC Wild Card playoff this weekend (Sun. 1:00 PM ET).
Finally, despite winning against Philadelphia and Detroit respectively, the New York Giants and Chicago Bears were both eliminated from playoff contention, and thus removed from the Futures list, after Minnesota upset Green Bay. Dallas’ loss to Washington also ended its hopes of postseason action.
Playoffs – Wild Card Weekend
Saturday (Jan. 5) Cincinnati @ Houston (4:30 PM ET) |Minnesota @ Green Bay (8:00 PM ET)
Sunday (Jan. 6) Indianapolis @ Baltimore (1:00 PM ET) | Seattle @ Washington (4:30 PM ET)
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVII
New England (15/4)
San Francisco (6/1)
Green Bay (15/2)
The following sides have been taken off the board: