The New England Patriots’ grip on top spot in the Super Bowl futures odds continues to get looser this week. The Patriots remain the Super Bowl 52 favorite at +450, but the Green Bay Packers are narrowing the gap at +500, as are the Kansas City Chiefs at +650.
The Patriots should remain on top this week with a cupcake matchup against the New York Jets in which they are a 10-point road favorite. Their big test comes the following week in Week 7 when they play host to the Atlanta Falcons in a Super Bowl rematch.
The Packers moved up to +500 from +750 after Aaron Rodgers led them to another impressive win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers’ next four opponents are a combined 9-10 so they could easily be the new Super Bowl favorite in a few weeks.
The Chiefs are the last undefeated team in the league. FYI for bettors, they’re also the only team in the NFL undefeated against the spread. Kansas City has steadily been climbing the futures odds all season and anyone who thinks the Chiefs are the right pick for a Super Bowl futures bet might want to wait until they suffer their first defeat to gain maximum potential profit.
One of the biggest risers on the Super Bowl futures this week are the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles sit alone in first place in the NFC East and have moved up to +1000 on the futures board after sitting at +2200 a week ago. The Eagles have quietly delivered the No. 3 offense in the league but the oddsmakers are obviously starting to take notice.
While the Eagles are making a move up the Super Bowl odds, the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans are quickly heading in the other direction.
For Oakland, the fall was expected after quarterback Derek Carr was injured. The Raiders posted their third straight loss last week, which knocked them down from +2000 to +5000 on the Super Bowl futures. With Carr hopeful to return this weekend, the Raiders might be ready to right the ship heading into an important matchup with the Chiefs in Week 7. If you still believe the Raiders are contenders, the time to place a futures bet on them could be now.
A quarterback injury has also derailed the Titans lately. A hamstring injury has sidelined Marcus Mariota, which has led to back-to-back losses and a drop on the Super Bowl futures from +3300 to +5000. The schedule-makers have given Tennessee a gift and the chance to rebound with back-to-back games against the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns. That cupcake schedule and the return of Mariota should help the Titans get back on track and improve their odds on the Super Bowl futures.