Was anyone else a little disappointed with the opening round? None of the games really came down to the wire, with all four favorites ending up winning.
This weekend the divisional playoffs begin, with Denver hosting Baltimore and San Francisco at home to Green Bay on Saturday. The following day, Atlanta/Seattle and New England/Houston are on the schedule.
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No change at the top
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are still the overall favorites to win the whole shebang. They're currently listed at +275 to get it done.
The Ravens were able to corral Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, but they face a much more difficult test this weekend. Manning is completely in sync with his teammates now and the results have been devastating. With the defense, led by Von Miller, also playing at a high level, Denver fully deserves to be a the top of this list.
The Patriots are second at +365 in the NFL odds to win the Super Bowl. You've got to like their chances of advancing to the next round over Houston, considering they annihilated the Texans 42-14 at home in Week 14 during the regular season.
That said, Houston's defense has looked better of late, and stranger things have happened. We're sure Tom Brady and Bill Belichick won't be taking anything for granted this weekend.
Party of four
San Francisco, Green Bay, Atlanta, and Seattle are the next four teams on the futures odd list to win the Lombardi Trophy this season.
The 49ers (+500) and Packers (+550) will be meeting up in what should be the best game of the bunch this weekend. Green Bay will be out for revenge after losing to San Francisco in the first week of the season.
Things have changed since then though. Colin Kaepernick is in at quarterback for the 49ers now, but will he able to match the lethal Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers is at the top of his game right now and has gotten all of his top weapons back and healthy.
As for the Falcons (+700), they'll be at home versus Seattle (+755). A lot of people are still refusing to give Atlanta the respect they deserve, but ask around the NFL and you'll see that no one wants to have to deal with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. This team is completely stacked offensively and their opportunist defense also presents challenges.
The Seahawks went into the nation's capital and outlasted RGIII and the Redskins, with Russell Wilson holding up to the pressure well and Marshawn Lynch running like the beast he is. Can the pair do similar damage this weekend?
Bottom of the pack
Unsurprisingly, it's the Texans (+2050) and Ravens (+2250) that hold the bottom two spots in the Super Bowl race. That's because of their opponents in the upcoming round more than anything else.
Houston's defense looked good against Cincinnati, but the Patriots are on a completely different level. There are just so many weapons on that New England team, so it's no shock to see oddsmakers not liking their chances in the slightest.
Likewise for the Ravens. They gave Luck and company trouble last weekend, but can anyone slow down Manning right now? It doesn't look like it.