Here’s who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to win Super Bowl 52
With only two weeks left in the 2017 NFL regular season, theres’s a pretty clear picture regarding which teams have a legitimate chance at winning Super Bowl 52.
The Vegas oddsmakers clearly see the AFC as a two-team race, while the NFC is wide open (even more so now that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee).
Going into Week 16, here are the top-5 Super Bowl contenders according to the Vegas oddsmakers.
Super Bowl odds courtesy of MyBookie.ag.
Los Angeles Rams (+800)
The Rams have been one of the best stories of 2017. Under first-year head coach Sean McVay, the Rams are 10-4 with two games to go.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff has had an outstanding year; running back Todd Gurley II is having an All-Pro-caliber year; and defensive tackle Aaron Donald is on track to win the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Needless to say, this is a team nobody will want to play in January.
New Orleans Saints (+800)
The Saints have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season. Behind veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, their rushing attack has been outstanding; their defense has been shockingly good; and they still have Drew Brees, one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Make no mistake about it, this is a team that can do some serious damage in the NFC.
Philadelphia Eagles (+750)
The oddsmakers still like the Eagles’ chances despite Wentz’s season-ending injury. And it’s fairly easy to understand why.
Nick Foles is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL, Philadelphia’s defense is elite and the team’s offense is still loaded with talented playmakers. To top it off, there is still a good chance the Eagles end up with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+500)
The Steelers (11-3) just keep finding ways to win games. Their offense may be the best in the game right now (when they are at full strength), but their defense has struggled at times. Their loss to the New England Patriots in Week 15 means they will likely have to win at least one road game to reach the Super Bowl.
Bottom line: The Steelers will be incredibly difficult to beat if their offense catches fire in the AFC playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings (+450)
The Vikings improved their record to 11-3 with their 34-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. Their defense has been dominant all year, and quarterback Case Keenum continues to surprise everyone.
With their two remaining games against the Green Bay Packers (road) without Aaron Rodgers and Chicago Bears (home), it’s hard to see the Vikings not clinching a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
It does bear pointing out that the Vikings will have the added incentive of trying to become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
New England Patriots (+180)
The Patriots suffered a setback in their 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 14, but they bounced back with a huge win over the Steelers in Week 15. When it comes down to it, they are still 11-3 and still have a good chance at locking up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Oh yeah, and they still have the best player in NFL history, Tom Brady, behind center.