Biggest Shifts In NFL Odds To Win Super Bowl LI
What a difference six weeks of football can make NFL gaming enthusiasts! Just two weeks away from the midway point of the 2016 NFL regular season, the NFL Futures Odds to win Super Bowl 51 have changed quite dramatically for several teams.
While a handful of teams have seen their Super Bowl 51 Odds improve in a big way, many others have seen their futures odds nose dive in the opposite direction. This look at the biggest shifts in NFL Odds to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in February will help you make a wise wager or two on the still-available Super Bowl 51 futures odds. Okay, let’s get started.
Analyzing The Biggest Shifts In NFL Odds To Win Super Bowl LI
Team – Opening Odds – Current Odds
Carolina Panthers 65/1
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were a 10/1 preseason favorite to win Super Bowl 51 and they certainly looked like a good bet to make consecutive Super Bowl appearances – before the regular season started. Now, the Panthers look like virtual lock to miss the postseason altogether. Carolina is 1-5 and sitting in last place in the NFC South. More importantly, the Panthers have serious problems on defense as they rank a shocking 30th in points allowed (29.3 ppg), not to mention the fact that Cam Newton has looked lethargic and uninterested at best since the start of the season.
If you bet on Carolina to win it all before the season started, it was a good bet at that time. Right now though, the Panthers are a longshot 65-1 pick to win Super Bowl 51 and I say save your money, Carolina is toast!
Minnesota Vikings 15/2
Minnesota opened as a 17/2 pick to win Super Bowl 51 and had their odds altered to 17/2 after a pretty hot start. Now, sitting at an unbeaten 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS, the Vikings look like arguably the best team in all off football! Veteran quarterback Sam Bradford of all people, has transformed the Vikings into a more dangerous offensive team than they were under injured former starter Teddy Bridgewater, not to mention the Vikes have the league’s best defense (sorry Denver).
Basically…if you didn’t bet on Minnesota before the start of the season or after a couple of weeks, you had better jump on them right now because the Vikings have the look of a very, very, legitimate Super Bowl title contender. If you bet on Minnesota as a more value-packed pick well before the season started, then good for you!
Dallas Cowboys 15/1
While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones b*#ched and moaned about how he should have drafted former Memphis star Paxton Lynch in the 2016 NFL Draft, Dallas absolutely ‘lucked up’ by nabbing former Mississippi State signal-caller Dak Prescott in the fourth round! Now, not only is Prescott a player that is the absolute steal of this year’s draft, but along with former Ohio State superstar running back in Ezekiel Elliott, has completely transformed the Cowboys’ fortunes moving forward!
After opening the season as a 20/1 pick to win Super Bowl 51, Dallas is now a 15/1 pick to win it all and I believe they’re worth a wager after watching them pound the hell out of Cincinnati and Green Bay the last two weeks. The only thing that I believe could derail Dallas’ playoff hopes is if Jones blows it by reinserting the quickly-aging and completely brittle Tony Romo as the starter at quarterback once he’s healthy enough to return from his latest injury.
Atlanta Falcons 16/1
The Falcons have gone from a 40/1 pick to win Super Bowl 51 to a 25/1 pick and now, a 16/1 favorite. Atlanta owns the No. 1 offense in the league right now and I believe they’ll remain one of the most potent teams in the league all season long as long as quarterback Matt Ryan, and unstoppable wide receiver Julio Jones remain healthy. If Atlanta can improve just a bit defensively, not only could they reach the postseason, but they could represent the NFC in Super Bowl 51, making them more than worthy of a Super Bowl 51 futures odds wager.
Buffalo Bills 40/1
The Buffalo Bills opened up as a 75/1 semi-long shot to win Super Bowl 51, but they’ve seen their odds improve dramatically after going 4-2 through six games, including their first four-game winning streak in five years!
While I ripped the Bills as frauds before the season started, I have to admit that Buffalo now has the look of a legitimate contender at the least. Buffalo is ranked first in rushing and fourth in scoring as veteran LeSean McCoy has gotten back to looking like one of the game’s most elusive backs in the league. Defensively, Buffalo’s attacking defense ranks fifth in points allowed. If the Bills continue playing the way they have over the last month, I say watch out, the Bills could dispatch any AFC title contender, including longtime AFC East rival New England!
Philadelphia Eagles 20/1
The Eagles (3-2) opened up as 45/1 pick to win Super Bowl 51, the Birds have jumped up to a 20/1 pick after getting off to a perfect 3-0 start through three games. While the Birds have dropped two straight since then, Philadelphia remains a dangerous contender mostly because they’ve found what looks like a sure-fire superstar in rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and have turned their defense into one of the most aggressive units in the league under the direction of former Lions head coach and current coordinator Jim Schwartz. With that said, I’d still save my betting bucks for another NFC title contender as Philly has the look of a tem at least another year or two away from really contending.
Indianapolis Colt 75/1
The Indianapolis Colts (2-4) opened the season as a 20/1 pick to win Super Bowl 51, but have fallen to a 75/1 pick after six games, mostly because they can’t stop running water! While Andrew Luck and the offense are putting up a solid 26.6 points per game to rank seventh in scoring, Indianapolis is ranked a pitiful 28th in points allowed (29.0 ppg). While I’ll admit that I liked the Colts heading into the 2016 campaign, that’s certainly not the case right now. If things change as the Colts move into the second half, then maybe you can revisit the Colts as Super Bowl 51 pick, but right now, the Colts look nothing like a legitimate Super Bowl title contender.
NY Jets 200/1
Last but not least, the New York J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets are a complete and utter mess! Not only is New York dismal 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS, but the Jets are also ranked dead last in scoring at just 15.8 points per game and an equally disappointing 25th in points allowed (27.3 ppg).
Things have gotten so bad that head coach Todd Bowles is turning to backup Geno Smith, even though he’s been a career, interception-tossing turnover machine. After opening up as a 40/1 pick and then dropping to a 100/1 pick, the Jets are rightfully so, a 200/1 longshot that has absolutely no chance of winning Super Bowl 51!