Contenders and Pretenders Through First 5 Weeks

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:19 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 4:19 PM UTC

The NFL is almost through a third of the season after we get done with Week 6, and there have been some pleasant and disastrous surprises for some teams. I’m here to help sort through the mess.

Teams Already Thinking Of Minneapolis
 Kansas City Chiefs  (5-0 SU & 5-0 ATS)

Season Win Total: 9.0
Current Super Bowl Odds (+650)

The only undefeated team in the NFL is the Chiefs, and with the season they’ve had to this point it’s hard to label them anything other than the best team in football. I know the comparisons to 2013 are valid. K.C. went 9-0 that year, only to finish 2-5 and lose in the Wild Card Game to Indianapolis. This season seems different, though.

Green Bay Packers (4-1 SU & 3-2 ATS)

Season Win Total: 10.0
Current Super Bowl Odds (+500)

My pick to win the Super Bowl is doing exactly what I thought they would coming into this season, and as long as their passing defense stays strong the Packers will win the NFC North easily and might even win the whole thing.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-1 SU & 3-2 ATS)

Season Win Total: 8.0
Current Super Bowl Odds (+1000)

Quickly without looking, who has the best point differential in the NFC through five weeks? If you guessed, the Eagles, you’d be right. At +38, Philly not only look likes the best team in the NFC East, it might be one of the top five teams in all of football. The Iggles have a nice balance between defense and offense, and while they are probably still a year away from being a true contender, they are going to be labeled as one simply because they have the ability to upset someone in a playoff game. Plus, they look like the runaway winners of the NFC East.

Carolina Panthers (4-1 SU & 3-2 ATS)

Season Win Total: 8.5
Current Super Bowl Odds (+2200)

The Panthers have boasted some impressive wins this season and they too look like NFC title hopefuls once again. Cam Newton is starting to play brilliant football after starting slow coming off shoulder surgery, and once they get back Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen it’s hard to argue against their offense being as deep as Green Bay's, with just as good or a better defense.


Good, But Not Super


Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2 SU & 3-2 ATS)

Season Win Total: 6.5
Current Super Bowl Odds (+7500)

I hate to say it because I love seeing the Jaguars finally play well, but they are pretenders. Sure, their division is trash, but the only reason they are in first right now is because Tennessee and Indianapolis have injured starting quarterbacks and the Texans are starting a rookie at that position. Things will even out in the end, and I expect the Jags to just miss the playoffs and the division crown.

Seattle Seahawks (3-2 SU & 2-3 ATS)

Season Win Total: 10.5
Current Super Bowl Odds (+1000)

With no offensive line and a spotty run game, the Seahawks are not as dangerous as they once were. Seattle ranks in the bottom half of the league in total defense, and their run defense has been bad for the most part. If their line play on both sides of the ball doesn’t improve, there’s only a small Super Bowl chance for this team. They may still win what has become an average NFC West, but that may be as far as they go this season.

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