The New England Patriots’ slow slide down the Super Bowl 53 odds continued last week following their shocking upset loss to the Miami Dolphins. Consequently, New England, favorites on the Super Bowl odds earlier this season, have dropped down to +700 after sitting at +550 a week ago.
New England has the chance to bounce back this week with a road game against the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots have dominated this matchup with five straight wins against the Steelers and a 12-3 record in their last 15 matchups. The only problem may be that the game is on the road.
That’s because all four of the Patriots’ losses this season have come on the road, and in their last nine road games overall they’re 4-5.
Super Bowl 53 Odds: Rams Surrender Top Spot to Saints
The Los Angeles Rams also hit a bump in the road on the Super Bowl 53 odds this week. Los Angeles Rams surrendered the top spot on the futures to the New Orleans Saints following their upset loss to the Chicago Bears. The Rams are now at +315, down from +300 a week ago. Meanwhile, the Saints are at +300, up from +330 last week.
The Rams will look to rebound this week against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles. After that, they will finish the regular season with two cupcake matchups against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. The Saints clinched the NFC South last week. Nonetheless, they still have home field throughout the postseason to play for when they face the Carolina Panthers this week.
Super Bowl 53 Odds: Bears, Cowboys Improve on Futures
Two teams on the rise on the Super Bowl 53 odds this week are the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. After their upset win over the Rams, the Bears have all but clinched the NFC North division. Taking out the Rams and quieting their high-powered offense boosted the Bears up to +900 on the Super Bowl 53 futures. Chicago was listed at +1800 a week earlier.
Chicago faces rivals in the Green Bay Packers this week. While that should be a winnable game, don’t discount the Bears’ rough recent history against the Packers. In Week 2, the Bears lost to Green Bay 24-23 and they’ve lost eight straight against them in Chicago.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys knocked off the Eagles last week to post their fifth straight win. That pushed them up to +1900 on the Super Bowl futures after sitting at +2500 a week earlier. The Cowboys have been steadily moving up the odds list as they started the month of November at +6600 on the Super Bowl futures.
One team trending in the wrong direction on the Super Bowl 53 odds are the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings began the season among the Super Bowl contenders. Following last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, though, they’ve plummeted to +5000 on the odds list.
Minnesota posted only two wins in their last five games and a pedestrian 6-6-1 record. Nevertheless, Minnesota somehow still holds onto the last wild-card spot in the NFC. A Week 17 date with the Bears could make or break their season.