As we look ahead to Week 12 of the NFL season, it’s impossible not to look at the current standings and start thinking about the playoffs. We have seen parity at its very best this season, which is why things are so tight in both conferences at the moment. Of course, there are a couple of teams that have already laid down a pretty serious marker and made it clear that they should be in the Super Bowl conversation. This, though, is the time of the season when we often see teams move up a gear and get into a run that carries over into the postseason. With that in mind, we thought is might be fun to look at the current Super Bowl Odds and maybe break teams into a few different categories, so let’s get to it.
Who’s Going to Win It All? | Updated Super Bowl LVII Betting Lines After Week 12
It was the Buffalo Bills who started the season as the favorite to win it all, and while they are still there, they are perhaps not as dominant as we all expected them to be. The Bills are at +420 to win the Super Bowl, but there are several teams hot on their heels. The closest of those is the Kansas City Chiefs (+450), who actually lost to the Bills earlier this season. Over in the NFC, it is the Philadelphia Eagles who are the biggest favorites there at odds of +600. They are followed by the San Francisco 49ers at odds of +720. From that group, we see a bit of a drop off into dark horse and longshot territory, which we will get into in a moment.
Is it necessarily a smart move to play the favorites at this stage of the season? I would suggest not, as there are question marls surrounding every single team, plus it looks as though there is no real easy path out of either conference. It’s never a bad idea to play one of the conference winners, as that #1 seed heading into the playoffs can prove to be critical. With that in mind, you have to say that the Chiefs are a smart pick. They are in pole position in the AFC right now, which would mean teams needing to go through what is sure to be a very cold Arrowhead Stadium in the postseason.
This is where things get really interesting, as there are a few teams who fall into the longshot category that I really like at the moment. In the AFC, the Tennessee Titans (+2800) could prove to be a handful. They are at 7-3 on the season and have a running back in Derrick Henry who can be a game changer. The Ravens (+1200) also can’t be ignored, although Lamar Jackson has not been a prime playoff performer.
Two teams in the NFC that met last weekend also need to be in the longshot category. The Dallas Cowboys (+1025) destroyed the Minnesota Vikings (+1725) last weekend, but there is a good possibility that these two might get another crack at one another in the postseason. If the Cowboys can run down the Eagles and win the East, they could prove to be a handful in the playoffs. For me, Dallas is the team to watch right now.