- BetOnline has updated Super Bowl 54 odds for all 32 NFL teams ahead of Week 6
- The Patriots (+300) are big favorites after the Chiefs (+700) stumbled in Indianapolis
- The Cowboys and Seahawks both have 20-1 title odds despite drastically different results in Week 5
The NFL was built on parity, but following Week 5, there are now four winless franchises and another quartet of one-win squads.
With pathetic outfits like the Dolphins, Bengals, and Redskins propping up inflated records around the league, it’s more important than ever to examine a team’s early-season schedule before placing your bets.
Let’s look at the latest Super Bowl 54 odds at BetOnline and call out some pretenders who have benefited from soft starts to the season.
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL 54
|New England Patriots||+300|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+700|
|New Orleans Saints||+900|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+2000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+4000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+6600|
|New York Giants||+8000|
|New York Jets||+100000|
No team’s stock has fallen as much as the Cowboys’ in the past two weeks. After wins over the Giants, Dolphins, and Redskins, people were handing Dak Prescott the MVP and giving new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore his choice of offseason head-coaching jobs.
However, following two dispiriting losses to the Saints and Packers, talk radio now positions Dak as a greedy bum who can’t win big games (10-14 career record against winning teams) and who should take whatever contract Jerry Jones is nice enough to give him.
“I think he’s more like Brady. Now, I’m not going to. . . .We know Tom Brady, and he’s no Tom Brady. I didn’t say that. But the point is he will evolve and is evolving into a guy that will beat you,” Jerry Jones said. https://t.co/MLhMDGVBoz
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 4, 2019
The truth behind those two narratives probably lies somewhere in the middle, but 20-1 is actually decent value for a squad with a young, athletic defense and a dominant offensive line (when healthy).
The injury to All Pro left tackle Tyron Smith shouldn’t be longterm, and Dallas should rebound when he and right tackle La’el Collins return (potentially as early as Week 6).
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The six-time Super Bowl champs don’t exactly fit the pretender mold, but at 3-1, the Patriots are now prohibitive favorites to repeat as champions despite no one having any idea how good they really are.
Aside from defeating a concussed Josh Allen in a tight Week 4 win in Buffalo (16-8), New England’s four victories have come against the Steelers, Dolphins, Jets, and Redskins (combined record: 1-16).
Bill Belichick said WHAT about the Redskins’ skill players? https://t.co/f0lSBG5vm8
— Post Sports (@PostSports) October 2, 2019
And with both New York teams on the schedule over the next two weeks, 42-year-old Tom Brady won’t face meaningful competition until late October.
That’s when the Pats kick off a stressful six-game stretch against the Browns, Ravens, Eagles, Cowboys, Texans and Chiefs which will have Robert Kraft searching for tension relief at seedy Florida massage parlors.
Some combination of Russell Wilson’s choir-boy act and the cutesy relationship stuff he posts to social media annoys football fans who aren’t rich, famous or dating Ciara, so we constantly underrate him and forget he’s absolutely one of the best at his craft.
But, with MVP buzz deservedly building for Wilson after his four-touchdown performance against the Rams last Thursday, it’s important to take a closer look at the Seahawks 4-1 record before betting on a return to glory for the 2014 Super Bowl champs.
Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson was as good as he’s ever been Thursday ? pic.twitter.com/EdVph1OV4R
— ESPN (@espn) October 4, 2019
Aside from their 30-29 win over Sean McVay’s crew, Seattle has beaten Cincinnati, Pittsburgh (mostly with Mason Rudolph), and Arizona, teams with a 2-12-1 combined record.
Worse yet, their offensive coordinator is Brian Schottenheimer and their defense is nothing like the old Legion of Boom, rating 17th in Defensive DVOA at Football Outsiders.
Tread carefully if betting on the Seahawks.