AFC & Super Bowl Futures Updates Following Pats' Big Win Over Steelers

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 4:09 PM UTC

With Philadelphia Eagles starting QB Carson Wentz having sustained a season-ending injury, Old Man River Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots are again the odds-on favorites in the Super Bowl LII futures market 

The Pittsburgh Steelers (7/1 to win Super Bowl, Intertops) suffered a tough setback to the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (9/4 to win Super Bowl LII, Intertops) on Sunday in Week 15 in a controversial ending in The Steel City in a game many think will give The Evil Empire the Homefield Edge in the coming AFC Playoffs. But before we all get too drunk on one weird play, remember that masterful Head Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots (9/10 to win AFC, Intertops) will have a Roster without RB LeGarrette Blount (Eagles), backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) and WR Julian Edelman (Injured and ruled out of Postseason) on it and one including a hobbled and aging Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. So, if there were ever a season for an upstart team like the Minnesota Vikings (11/2 to win Super Bowl LII, Intertops), Los Angeles Rams (10/1 to win Super Bowl) or Jacksonville Jaguars (14/1 to win Super Bowl) to win it all, this might be it.

And especially with heavyweights Philadelphia (QB Carson Wentz) and Pittsburgh (WR Antonio Brown) dealing with two huge Injuries of their own and QBs Case Keenum, Jared Goff and Blake Bortles all playing so well respectively and leading the Offenses for those former three that would welcome a trip to the Super Bowl, especially the Vikings with the big game set to be played in The Land Of 10,000 Frozen-Ass Lakes this time around.

With Super Bowl LII just 41 days from this Sunday, let’s take a quick look at the latest Futures Book numbers from popular sportsbook Intertops for the AFC Championship and Super Bowl LII, which will be held at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 (NBC) in odds and alphabetical order. And we see that the list of contenders has shrunk to 20 if we must count the Dolphins, Packers, Raiders, Bills and Titans, who have about as a realistic to win the NFL Championship this time around as Puff Daddy-P Diddy-Sean Combs has as of buying the Panthers (Will P Diddy Purchase the Carolina Panthers: Yes +300, No -500, Bovada). Maybe not.

New England Patriots 9/4 (333/100)

Minnesota Vikings 11/2 (14/1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 6/1 (7/1)

Philadelphia Eagles 9/1 (5/1)

New Orleans Saints 9/1 (10/1)

Los Angeles Rams 10/1 (12/1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 14/1 (22/1)

Atlanta Falcons 16/1 (20/1)

Carolina Panthers 16/1 (22/1)

Kansas City Chiefs 16/1 (10/1)

Baltimore Ravens 28/1 (80/1)

Los Angeles Chargers 40/1 (66/1)

Seattle Seahawks 40/1 (10/1)

Dallas Cowboys 50/1 (25/1)

Detroit Lions 66/1 (33/1)

Tennessee Titans 80/1 (25/1)

Buffalo Bills 125/1 (80/1)

Oakland Raiders 200/1 (40/1)

Green Bay Packers 250/1 (66/1)

Miami Dolphins 500/1 (150/1)

New England Patriots 9/10

Pittsburgh Steelers 5/2

Jacksonville Jaguars 7/1

Kansas City Chiefs 9/1

Baltimore Ravens 16/1

Los Angeles Chargers 20/1

Tennessee Titans 40/1

Buffalo Bills 50/1

Oakland Raiders 100/1

Miami Dolphins 250/1

Home-Field Super Bowl For Vikings?

The old adage is that Defense wins championships in Sports and the Vikings (17.3 ppg, #2 in NFL in Scoring Defense) in the NFC and the Jaguars (7/1 to win AFC, Intertops) in the AFC (14.9 ppg, #1 in NFL in Scoring Defense) have been playing consistent Defense seemingly all Regular Season on. And in terms of Turnovers (Takeaways/Giveaways), Jacksonville ranks #2 (+15) while Minnesota is currently tied for 14th in the category at +3. Goff and the Rams are still scoring points like the franchise’s legendary Greatest Show on Turf, but can they get by Minnesota or Philadelphia on the Road?

The enigmatic NFL division which we said this Summer that anyone could win, the NFC South, still has three of its teams in the hunt in Mark Ingram and the Saints (9/1 to win Super Bowl 52, Intertops), with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the defending NFC champion Falcons (16/1 to win Super Bowl 52, Intertops) and Cam Newton and the 2015 NFC champion Panthers (16/1 to win Super Bowl 52, Intertops) but, if they do all make the Postseason, the opening Round could be brutal for potential Wild Card teams Atlanta (9-5) and Carolina (10-4) as well as New Orleans (10-4) should Philadelphia (12-2) and Minnesota (11-3) get the Home-field edge and that oh-so valuable extra week off.

Jacksonville actually opened at 65/1 to win Super Bowl 52, which currently still sees the AFC as 2½-point Conference Favorites (-130, Bovada) over the NFC with the Patriots-Steelers-Jaguars the potentially stronger and likely representatives making it from the AFC. So, am I sleeping on the Chiefs (9/1 to win AFC, Intertops)? I think not as their downfield Passing attack seems way too limited and Kansas City seems to “turn off” at times and relies a little too much on the big play on Offense. And getting through any one of the Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars or maybe even Chargers or the Bills seems like it would be a challenge for Eric Berry, Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and these schizophrenic little Chiefs.

Free Super Bowl Pick: Vikings +550Best Line Offered: Intertops
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