After six weeks of the NFL season, only 10 teams have winning records. What that means is there will be a lot of movement in standings before the playoffs start. What such a movement creates is a good opportunity to bet on futures.
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When it comes to the early-season view, Buffalo is still priced as the favorite to win the Super Bowl on Bet Rivers at +275. But due to the early-season strife, there are better numbers to be had on some teams that may be scuffling now. Here’s a look at some good value on other teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy in February.
Fly, Eagles, Fly
The lone challenger to the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ billing as the only undefeated Super Bowl champion is Philadelphia. After making the playoffs last season, many people expected Philadelphia to be in the hunt for the NFC East title before the season started. However, not many of those people would have envisioned a 6-0 start that left them as the league’s lone unbeaten team.
At +550, it may not be the right time to bet on the Eagles. When Philadelphia eventually hits some adversity that number should drop slightly. Philadelphia’s offense has been carrying the team, ranking fourth in the league in scoring at 26.8 points per game.
Return of Dak
Many though when Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went out with an injury that Dallas’ season was pretty much over. However, the Cowboys have weathered the storm. Dallas rallied around backup quarterback Cooper Rush and had won four straight before a loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 16.
The Cowboys, who are +2200 to win the Super Bowl, may not be a bad long shot to take a look at. Dallas is currently in third place in the NFC East, but the New York Giants, who have surprised the league with a 5-1 start, are due for some regression as well. The Cowboys have an excellent pass rush led by Micah Parsons and the defense is good enough to help make Dallas a success in the playoffs.
Bolts want lightning strike
The Chargers seemed cursed. Los Angeles, which is +1800 to win the Super Bowl, were spanked thoroughly by the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX and have never found a way back. When the Chargers drafted Justin Herbert, a strong armed and talented quarterback out of Oregon, they thought their luck changed.
But Los Angeles can’t ever do things the easy way. The Chargers suffered misfortune early this season when Herbert was injured in a loss to Kansas City. However, Los Angeles has an exciting running back in Austin Ekeler and several playmakers at wide receiver to support Herbert.
What the Chargers will have to do if they want to seriously challenge for a title is play better on defense. Los Angels has struggled to keep up with their opponents’ passing attacks at certain points of this season.
Dolphins a worthy longshot
Unfortunately for Miami, which is +4000 to win the Super Bowl, its entire season has been weighed down by controversy. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was suspended for the first few months of the year following tampering allegations and comments he made to former coach Brian Flores were investigated. Despite that, Miami was able to focus on football and start 3-0, including a win over the Bills.
But the two-point win over Buffalo kicked off a devastating four-day stretch for the Dolphins. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered two head injuries in four days and would miss most of three games. That derailed the Dolphins’ offense, which had flourished with Tagovailoa throwing passes to Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
If Tagovailoa gets back to full health and can play like he did early in the season, Miami will be set up for a deep playoff run.