One round down, two more to go before Super Bowl 51. All four winners in the Wild Card Round won in impressive fashion, but what did those performances do to their futures odds, as well as the odds of their Divisional Round opponents? Let’s find out by examining the Super Bowl 51 odds of all eight teams left standing.
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NFL Super Bowl 51 Futures Odds Update
New England Patriots (+175)
Surprise, surprise, the Pats are still the overwhelming favorites to win it all in Houston. They first have to host the team from Houston – the Texans – in the divisional round, though. It’ll be the mother of all upsets if the Pats somehow slip up. They’ll be massive 16-point favorites at home, which is one of the highest point spreads in NFL playoff history.
If you think that’s a bit much, remember that the Pats beat the Brock Osweiler-led Texans in Week 3, 17-0, at home… with Jacoby Brissett starting at quarterback. And now Tom Brady will be under center.
Dallas Cowboys (+425)
Despite Aaron Rodgers’ impressive showing in the wild-card round against Detroit, the Dallas Cowboys will still have a couple of things going for them. They’ll be at home, they likely won’t have to face Jordy Nelson, who has broken ribs, and they’ll face a run defense which they ran all over to the tune of 191 yards in Lambeau earlier this season. The Cowboys still look in good shape in the NFC.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+700)
The news that Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a walking boot is a bit concerning, but it’ll take something much more serious to get him to miss a playoff game. And judging by how the defense played and how dominant Le’Veon Bell (29 carries, 167 yards, 2 TDs) looked against the Dolphins, they might not even need Big Ben to be at his best to go all the way.
Kansas City Chiefs (+700)
Everyone knows how great Andy Reid is off a bye (a remarkable 16-2 in his career), so that’s one thing the Chiefs have going for them against Pittsburgh. The Chiefs run defense without Derrick Johnson is still a major red flag going forward, but Reid now has the big play threat in Tyreek Hill that could allow the Chiefs to produce enough offense to beat the Steelers, the Pats, and whoever comes out of the NFC.
Green Bay Packers (+700)
Aaron Rodgers is terrifiyingly good. Despite a third Hail Mary getting answered in two years, Rodgers apparently doesn’t need too much divine intervention – or even his No. 1 receiver – to get the job done. He’s just that good, good enough to lead Green Bay all the way back to the Super Bowl. He’ll need some help from his defense against Dallas, but with a poor Cowboys pass rush, Rodgers could have all the time he needs to pick the Cowboys apart.
Atlanta Falcons (+750)
Matt Ryan is the trendy pick to win this year’s MVP trophy, and he’ll need an MVP-type performance to beat a resurgent Seahawks team. Remember, Ryan might’ve pulled off that feat in Seattle earlier this season if not for a missed pass interference call. If the Falcons do get past the Seahawks at home, they have the offensive firepower both on the ground and through the air that can go toe to toe with either Dallas or Green Bay, or even Pittsburgh or New England.
Seattle Seahawks (+1,000)
The Seahawks’ running game finally came back to life in a comfortable victory over the Lions. Thomas Rawls played easily his best game of the season as he rushed for 161 yards on 27 carries. It’s that very running game that will make them a dangerous matchup for the Falcons and their flimsy front seven. Seattle has a very real shot of coming out of Atlanta with a win with that running game, Russell Wilson and a defense that’s still terrific even without Earl Thomas. The Seahawks are a team no one will want a part of despite their long odds.
Houston Texans (+6,000)
Did you know that Brock Osweiler holds a win over Tom Brady and the Pats? Can he do it again in Foxboro, or even come within 16 points? Probably not. The Houston offense is just bad, both through the air and on the ground. Meanwhile, as good as Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans defense is, it’s not good enough to get the two road wins they need to make their home-field advantage in the Super Bowl count.
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