On the Road Towards Super Bowl 52

On the Road Towards Super Bowl 52

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On the Road Towards Super Bowl 52

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There’s still a lot of treading to do on the road towards Super Bowl 52. But, as Week 6 opens with a Philadelphia Eagles win over the Carolina Panthers on the road, we can take an early look at the NFL betting odds to make the playoffs and make some predictions of our own.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: While there’s no guarantee the Chiefs will make the playoffs, at 5-0 you have to like the odds. Their upcoming game against the Steelers is important because if they win not only will they keep their undefeated streak alive but the chances of them making the playoffs go up even further.
  2. Green Bay Packers: It may be Aaron Rodgers’ last year and it’s pretty clear he’s zeroed on how he wants to finish his career. This season, he’s led the Packers to some impressive wins which include six touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, four of which coming after the team was losing.
  3. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are making their way once more to the playoffs without losing a beat after the heart-breaking loss in the Super Bowl last year. They have an easy game against the Dolphins up next, but the road gets tougher from then on with games against the Patriots, Panthers, and Seahawks on the road.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: After a win over the Panthers on the road, the Eagles have bettered their chances of making the playoffs. Carson Wentz has been paramount to this team, especially on third down conversions which has allowed them to control the clock.
  5. New England Patriots: New England started off this season with two uncharacteristic losses and their defense isn’t as strong as one would hope for, but the offense is as solid as ever under Brady’s leadership.
  6. Carolina Panthers: Losing at home to the Eagles just made the Panthers’ road bumpier. However, Cam Newton appears to be back in full force and if he can remain healthy there’s a good chance he’ll lead his team to the playoffs.
  7. Denver Broncos: As has been the case in previous seasons, the Broncos’ defense is a well-oiled machine. Even if the offense isn’t exactly up to snuff, the defense can shoulder the burden of taking the team to the playoffs.
  8. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have a fair shot at making the playoffs partly because of the rest of the teams in the NFC West which are all struggling. Expect them to win the division, but from then on who knows.
  9. Dallas Cowboys: The Boys have a Week 6 bye which will give them time to regroup. Though there’s still plenty of football left in the season, Dallas will have to work hard to make it to the postseason.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger’s career-high five interceptions at home was shocking. The Steelers loss to the Jaguars put a big dent in the Steelers’ chances to make it to the postseason, but they’re sure to dust themselves off.
  11. Los Angeles Rams: There’s a low chance the Rams will make it to the postseason even if they’re at 3-2. This team is sloppy, ranking 25th in efficiency, according to FPI. And, Jared Goff does not have the gumption to lead this team to the postseason.
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars: As it stands, there’s a high probability the Jags make the playoffs. Jacksonville has a pretty light schedule ahead of them which gives them a further advantage and they’re playing well.
  13. Washington Redskins: Currently, the Skins are 2-2 but they have a fairly light schedule ahead and their two losses were to the Eagles and Chiefs, two tough teams with playoffs chances of their own.
  14. Detroit Lions: The Lions need to do something about protecting Matthew Stafford (who’s been sacked 18 times this season), otherwise their playoffs hopes will go up in smoke if he gets hurt.
  15. Oakland Raiders: It’s not looking good for the Raiders considering the division they’re in and that Derek Carr is injured. With the Chiefs and Broncos in the melee, it’s more likely Oakland will just tap out early.
  16. Buffalo Bills: The Bills got off to a good start with wins over the Broncos and Falcons. They have a bye this week and pick things up again against the Buccaneers, Raiders, and Jets at home so their chances are good at this moment if they can keep on winning.
  17. Houston Texans: Though the offense has been doing good, with Deshaun Watson putting up solid numbers, the Texans are 2-3. They’re currently below .500, but have a better shot of making the playoffs of any team below that number.
  18. Baltimore Ravens: While the Ravens’ three wins were solid, their two losses have been ugly. It’s good that two of their next three games are against the Bears and Dolphins which betters their chances of making the postseason.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It’s not looking good for the Bucs right now with six upcoming games on the road against difficult teams. They play the Cardinals on Sunday, that will be looking to get back on the saddle, and then it’s the Bills so it’s going to get challenging.
  20. Minnesota Vikings: Though the Vikings are still without Sam Bradford, Case Keenum has filled in his shoes nicely. Keenum has been passing the ball as effectively as quarterbacks of the likes of Drew Brees.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals picked up a couple of wins before their bye which helps. But, that doesn’t mean their chances are good it just means they got a bit better after starting 0-3.
  22. New Orleans Saints: The Saints dropped their first two games which hurt. But, the defense kicked in through their next two games and it turned into two straight wins. Should the defense keep on doing its job, it’ll give Drew Brees a window to do his on offense.
  23. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota’s injury broke down the Titans’ hopes of making the playoffs. But, their schedule favors them with upcoming games against the Colts and Browns. Maybe Tennessee can get back in the fight.
  24. Arizona Cardinals: Should the Cardinals lose to Tampa Bay on Sunday, their chances of making the postseason will go up in smoke. Not that they have any hope as things stand, but a win at least might move the needle positively.
  25. New York Jets: Though the Jets have picked up three wins, don’t expect too much from them. It’ll be another disappointing season for Jets fans.
  26. Miami Dolphins: Miami is last in the league in scoring. Jay Cutler is treading mud and they have a tough schedule ahead. What does this mean for their playoff chances? Nothing, because it’s very unlikely they’ll get even close.
  27. Indianapolis Colts: Should Andrew Luck return, the Colts might have a shot at getting the offense going. But, with Jacoby Brissett leading the offense? Not a chance.
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers won their first game of the season last week against the Giants. But, with upcoming games against the Raiders, Broncos and Patriots things suddenly turn sour.
  29. San Francisco 49ers: At 0-5, the 49ers have practically no shot at the postseason. It’s not going to happen anytime soon either as they rebuild the team.
  30. Chicago Bears: Don’t count on the Bears making the playoffs. It’s not going to happen. Though their win over the Steelers was well earned, and they fought in their last Monday Night Football game, it’s just not going to happen for Chicago.
  31. New York Giants: Another 0-5 team that doesn’t have an inkling of a chance of making the playoffs. Things don’t get any better after Odell Beckham Jr’s injury with upcoming games against the Broncos and Seahawks.
  32. What are the Browns’ chances of making the playoffs? Slim to none. Just put your money on the Indians.

 

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