Updated Super Bowl Odds for Every NFL Team Heading into Week 7

Nick Kostos@@thekostosContributor IOctober 16, 2013

Updated Super Bowl Odds for Every NFL Team Heading into Week 7

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    Six weeks of the 2013 NFL season are in the books, and we're starting to get a clearer indication as to which teams are true contenders to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

    But there's still a lot of football to be played, and the odds can change dramatically from week to week. Just because your favorite team occupies a certain spot now doesn't mean it'll be in a similar position when the odds are revealed following the conclusion of Week 7's action.

    Here are the updated Super Bowl odds for every NFL team heading into Week 7, courtesy of Bovada.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Despite once again losing by double digits and not having any Super Bowl odds (meaning Vegas believes there is a zero percent chance of them hoisting the Lombardi Trophy), Week 6 was a successful one for coach Gus Bradley's Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The Jaguars acquitted themselves nicely in their 35-19 loss against the Broncos in Denver, and they were competitive throughout. Receiver Justin Blackmon is an absolute stud, as he caught an absurd 14 passes for 190 yards, and the defense wasn't totally eviscerated by Peyton Manning and company, even returning an interception for a touchdown.

    Don't get it twisted: The Jaguars are still the worst team in the league and are the odds-on favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in next May's draft. But the team is showing fight, and that's a credit to Bradley and general manager David Caldwell.

    On a related note, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to look awesome in teal and black next year. 

    Next game: San Diego

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Odds: 1000/1

    Another game, another disappointing loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their embattled coach, Greg Schiano. The latest defeat came in the form of a 31-20 home drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles that dropped Tampa Bay's record to 0-5.

    While things have been bad on the field for the Bucs, they've arguably been worse off of it, as a third player, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, tested positive for MRSA. This prompted star cornerback Darrelle Revis to call the news a "distraction" as the team prepared for the Eagles.

    Tampa Bay isn't a good enough football team right now to absorb off-field distractions and still go out on Sundays and win games, end of story.

    While rookie quarterback Mike Glennon played a decent game and threw two touchdowns to receiver Vincent Jackson, it was another overall sub-par effort from the team that has surely raised the temperature on Schiano's scorching hot seat.

    Next game: at Atlanta

Oakland Raiders

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    Odds: 500/1

    Sunday's game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium is a perfect example of a final score not telling the true story. Oakland might have lost 24-7, but the Silver and Black were in the game throughout before the 6-0 Chiefs pulled away late.

    The Raiders simply couldn't protect quarterback Terrelle Pryor, allowing an asinine 10 sacks. Pryor also threw three interceptions, but considering the quality of the opponent and the fact that he was running for his life for the vast majority of the game, it's hard to blame him for the loss.

    Even though they lost by 17 points, this was a positive result for the 2-4 Raiders. The Chiefs' 53-man roster is eons better than theirs, but the Raiders have proven to be a resilient bunch under coach Dennis Allen. 

    Oakland has zero chance of mounting a postseason run, but if Pryor continues to develop into the franchise quarterback he's capable of becoming and the team continues to add talent, it'll be a squad to watch out for in 2014.

    Next game: Pittsburgh (Week 8)

Buffalo Bills

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    Odds: 500/1

    Despite playing Sunday's game against a superior Cincinnati Bengals team with a quarterback many had never heard of (Thaddeus Lewis), the Buffalo Bills ended up taking the game to overtime before ultimately falling 27-24.

    Lewis actually played pretty well, completing 19 of his 32 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-tying score to rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin in the game's waning moments. The run game was also effective, with backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson combining for nearly 100 yards and the team averaging over four yards per carry.

    But ultimately, the defense couldn't stop the Bengals, allowing nearly 500 yards of total offense even with an outrageous 22 tackles from stud rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.

    The Bills are 2-4, but they have been competitive throughout the season. They aren't going to contend for a playoff berth this year, but there are pieces in place (rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, Spiller, receiver Robert Woods and Alonso, among others) for the team to be a major player in the AFC for years to come. 

    Next game: at Miami

New York Giants

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    Odds: 300/1

    The New York Giants continued their pathetic 2013 campaign with a 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears last Thursday, dropping their record to an unfathomable 0-6. Big Blue is unequivocally dead in the water.

    Quarterback Eli Manning's nightmare season took another gruesome turn, as he threw another three interceptions, bringing his season total to a league-leading 15. It's been a stunning fall from grace for Manning, whose blank stare on the sidelines is reminiscent of a Walking Dead extra.

    Once again, the Giants couldn't muster a pass rush, failing to sack Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and the team is dead last on the season with only five sacks. For all the money and draft picks invested in the pass rush, that is an unacceptable output.

    While the offensive line played better and the team showed some semblance of a run game, forget about the Giants in 2013. Their season is over.

    The only question is if coach Tom Coughlin will return in 2014.

    Next game: Minnesota (Monday Night Football)

Minnesota Vikings

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    Odds: 300/1

    The Minnesota Vikings were unable to sustain the momentum gleaned from their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London two weeks ago, as they were embarrassed at home by the Carolina Panthers, 35-10.

    It was an atrocious showing by the Minnesota defense, which was shredded by the Carolina offense. Quarterback Matt Cassel was horrendous, throwing two interceptions, and he's clearly not the answer. Running back Adrian Peterson played with a heavy heart and gained 62 yards on 10 carries, but he received zero help from his teammates.

    The 1-4 Vikings are now significantly behind the eight ball in the ultra-competitive NFC North, with division rivals Chicago (4-2), Detroit (4-2) and Green Bay (3-2) all sitting above .500. 

    With the season slipping away, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the team may turn to recently signed quarterback Josh Freeman to salvage the campaign when the Vikings play the 0-6 Giants this Monday night.

    Good luck with that, Minnesota. Even if the Vikings manage to beat the hapless Giants, their season is likely over.

    Next game: at NY Giants (Monday Night Football)

Arizona Cardinals

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    Odds: 250/1

    The Arizona Cardinals stepped up in weight class and got throttled by a better team, losing 32-20 to the San Francisco 49ers and dropping their record to 3-3.

    Arizona's defense failed the team, as the unit allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw a pair of interceptions, bringing his season total to 11. He's played largely ineffective football throughout the season.

    The team does have some good young players, such as impressive rookie corner Tyrann Mathieu, but the it still has some work to do in terms of stocking the roster with talent.

    Arizona faces a tall order on Thursday night when it welcomes the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks to town. More likely than not, the Cardinals' record will drop to 3-4.

    Next game: Seattle (Thursday Night Football)

Tennessee Titans

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    Odds: 150/1

    Yes, the Tennessee Titans lost in Seattle, their second straight defeat, and their record dropped to 3-3. But the team played much better than expected, losing only 20-13, and there is solace to be taken in that fact.

    Simply put, Tennessee was dealt a bad draw when quarterback Jake Locker went down with his hip injury. It came at the worst possible time, as the team's schedule has gotten exponentially more difficult, and backup signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't a difference-maker. 

    Unfortunately, Locker is expected to be out at least until the Nov. 3 game against the St. Louis Rams, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean

    Tennessee has continued to play hard for coach Mike Munchak, but without its starting quarterback, the club has no chance against the better teams in the NFL. 

    Unfortunately, its next game is at the 4-2 49ers. Expect a loss to drop the Titans' record to 3-4. Right now, they aren't a legitimate playoff contender.

    Next game: San Francisco

St. Louis Rams

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    Odds: 150/1

    The Rams put together their best all-around performance of the season on Sunday, annihilating the Houston Texans 38-13. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, and the defense was suffocating, sacking Texans quarterbacks five times and recording an interception return for a touchdown by rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree.

    It was an extremely impressive effort from the 3-3 Rams, who have now won two in a row. 

    St. Louis has a chance to keep the momentum going when it plays at Carolina this weekend in a game that could end up having major implications on the NFC wild-card chase. It's also an ultra-important contest for the team, as a Monday night home date with the Seahawks in Week 8 looms large.

    If the Rams can take care of the Panthers and improve to 4-3, they will be a legitimate playoff contender.

    Next game: at Carolina

New York Jets

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    Odds: 150/1

    The New York Jets suffered a calamitous weekend. Not only did they lose to the previously winless Pittsburgh Steelers, but the division rival New England Patriots won in comeback fashion against the New Orleans Saints, putting New York a full two games back of the AFC East lead.

    Rookie quarterback Geno Smith didn't play well, tossing two interceptions, but it's tough to criticize him too much. After all, the Jets are nearly totally bereft of talent at the skill positions, and it's a wonder that Smith has had the success he has with such little help around him.

    While the Jets are likely to fall to 3-4 this weekend when they host the Patriots, it's impossible to overstate how good of a job coach Rex Ryan has done. 

    Gang Green might not be a legitimate playoff threat, but they'll be a tough out each and every week.

    Next game: New England

Cleveland Browns

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    Odds: 150/1

    The Cleveland Browns' three-game win streak ended with an emphatic thud this week, as the team dropped a 31-17 decision to the Lions.

    Quarterback Brandon Weeden didn't play a great game, completing only 26 of his 43 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The team also failed to mount much of a pass rush on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, only recording one sack.

    While the Browns have many talented young players on the roster, the team needs a top-flight quarterback to take things up another notch. Expect Cleveland to hang around in the wild-card picture for a while but fade away as the nights grow longer and the temperature dips lower.

    Next game: at Green Bay 

Washington Redskins

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    Odds: 125/1

    The Washington Redskins dropped to 1-4 with a disappointing 31-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. While they are far from being out of the playoff picture in the NFC East, it's not looking good in our nation's capital.

    Quarterback Robert Griffin III is clearly getting healthier, but the problem doesn't appear to be his legs. Rather, it's his arm, as he's been wildly inaccurate at times and has failed to show the touch he displayed in his majestic rookie campaign. 

    Yes, the defense has been awful, but the team has zero chance of contending if Griffin doesn't improve his passing.

    If the Redskins can get a win on Sunday against the 4-2 Chicago Bears, there still might be hope for a run at the division title. However, a loss would drop them to 1-5 and deal a significant blow to those aspirations.

    Next game: Chicago

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Odds: 100/1

    The Steelers finally broke duck on their 2013 campaign, beating the Jets 19-6 to improve their record to 1-4. The defense even managed to force a turnover in the victory, its first of the season, so Sunday's result was an extremely positive one.

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown were a superb combination, with Brown hauling in nine Roethlisberger passes for 86 yards. They've been a major bright spot for a struggling Pittsburgh team.

    Thanks to its awful start to the season and sub-par roster, it's unlikely that Pittsburgh will be able to make a playoff run, but beating the division rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday would be a step in the right direction.

    Next game: Baltimore

Miami Dolphins

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    Odds: 75/1

    The Miami Dolphins entered their bye week at 3-2, a definite success considering their tough schedule to start the season. Miami has put itself in place to make a run at both the AFC East crown and a wild-card berth.

    But in order for either goal to be realized, the team must do a better job of protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Miami has allowed 24 sacks on the season, and the offensive line must keep its second-year signal-caller upright if the team is to have any chance of qualifying for the postseason.

    On Sunday, the Dolphins host Buffalo in a very winnable game. A victory would push the team to 4-2 with a Week 8 matchup at New England looming.

    Next game: Buffalo

Houston Texans

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    Odds: 75/1

    The dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans' 2013 season isn't of the brush variety; instead, it's a towering inferno that shows no signs of being extinguished anytime soon.

    This past Sunday, Houston was utterly embarrassed at home by an inferior Rams team, 38-13. Beleaguered quarterback Matt Schaub was injured in the third quarter, an event that drew unnecessary cheering from Texans fans. 

    Coach Gary Kubiak has watched his team spiral out of control and lose four straight games. Plus, an argument could be constructed that the 2-4 Texans could easily be 0-6, as their two wins came in comeback fashion against the San Diego Chargers and the Titans.

    It's unclear who will start Sunday's game versus 6-0 Kansas City, but whether it's Schaub, T.J. Yates or Case Keenum, it's going to be a tall order. If the Texans lose and fall to 2-5 heading into their bye week, the season, and Kubiak's tenure as head coach, will be on life support.

    Next game: at Kansas City

San Diego Chargers

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    Odds: 66/1

    The San Diego Chargers have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season, and their overachieving run continued with a 19-9 win on Monday night over the Colts.

    Coach Mike McCoy has done a phenomenal job of coaxing maximum effort and results out of an inferior 53-man roster, as young and unheralded players have stepped up in critical spots.

    Rookie receiver Keenan Allen has proven to be a gem. He's sparkled in the playing time he's received in the wake of season-ending injuries to Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander.

    Meanwhile, quarterback Philip Rivers' career renaissance would make Galileo jealous, as he's completing nearly 73 percent of his passes and has thrown for 14 touchdowns.

    Unfortunately for San Diego, it plays in a division that currently features two unbeaten teams (Denver and Kansas City), so a division title is unlikely. But it should find itself at 4-3 following Sunday's game against hopeless Jacksonville and right in the thick of the wild-card race.

    Next game: at Jacksonville 

Carolina Panthers

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    Odds: 66/1

    The Panthers needed a huge win last Sunday and got it in the form of a 35-10 thrashing of the Vikings in Minnesota.

    Coach Ron Rivera pushed all the right buttons in the victory, and quarterback Cam Newton dominated, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing in another. 

    It's still unclear whether or not the 2-3 Panthers are capable of making a postseason run. But that puzzle should move one step closer to being solved after the team's home game this weekend against 3-3 St. Louis.

    Next game: St. Louis

Atlanta Falcons

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    Odds: 66/1

    Perhaps no team has suffered a worse beginning to the season than the 1-4 Atlanta Falcons. Not only has the team lost a number of close games, but it's been hit hard by the injury bug to star players, the latest and worst coming in the form of a season-ending foot injury to stud receiver Julio Jones.

    But all is not lost for the Falcons. They still have a franchise quarterback in Matt Ryan, and there are talented players on both sides of the ball.

    A run at the division title is out of the question with New Orleans at 5-1, but it's not outside the realm of possibility for the club to make a wild-card run.

    If that's to happen, a victory on Sunday over winless Tampa Bay is a must.

    Next game: Tampa Bay

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Odds: 50/1

    The Eagles evened their record at 3-3 with a 31-20 victory in Tampa that saw backup quarterback Nick Foles sparkle, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another.

    The defense has been putrid and is dead last in the NFL, but the offense is ranked second overall, as coach Chip Kelly has done a phenomenal job with that side of the ball.

    Philadelphia is tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East, and the two teams square off this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Per Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, it appears as if Foles will get the start, as Michael Vick continues to be hobbled with a hamstring injury, It's also entirely possible that Foles could claim the job with another sterling effort.

    If the Eagles can beat Dallas, they'll be in the driver's seat for a division title.

    Next game: Dallas

Baltimore Ravens

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    Odds: 50/1

    Once again, the Baltimore Ravens couldn't get their ground game going or protect quarterback Joe Flacco. And, as a result, they lost 19-17 to the Green Bay Packers, dropping their record to 3-3.

    Flacco was sacked five times in the loss, and the team could only muster 47 yards rushing. For Baltimore to earn a chance to defend its Super Bowl title, the offensive line must play better moving forward.

    The defense has been solid, but if the offense can't put points on the board, it won't matter. This isn't the 2000 Ravens defense.

    Baltimore has an opportunity to both move to 4-3 and to bury its fiercest rival on Sunday when it plays at Pittsburgh. A win keeps the Ravens squarely in the hunt in the AFC North.

    Next game: at Pittsburgh

Detroit Lions

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    Odds: 40/1

    Coach Jim Schwartz and his Detroit Lions deserve a ton of credit for their 4-2 start to the season, which has them tied atop the NFC North with Chicago.

    The team's 31-17 win in Cleveland was ultra-impressive, especially considering it got the job done without a healthy Calvin Johnson, who only recorded 25 yards receiving and essentially served as the NFL's greatest decoy. That allowed tight end (and talented dancer) Joseph Fauria to haul in three touchdown catches from quarterback Matthew Stafford.

    The Lions have balance on offense thanks to running back Reggie Bush, and the defense is improved as well. Whether or not they're a playoff team is up for debate, but a win on Sunday against the 4-2 Bengals would go a long way toward saying they are.

    Next game: Cincinnati

Chicago Bears

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    Odds: 33/1

    While the Bears won their last game, beating the Giants 27-21 last Thursday, the win was more a result of the Giants playing poorly than of the Bears rising to the occasion. Simply put, Chicago is the better club, and it should have wiped the floor with Big Blue.

    Still, the Bears are 4-2 and tied with Detroit atop the NFC North. Quarterback Jay Cutler is playing tremendous football, excelling under the tutelage of head coach Marc Trestman. The skill position players are also outstanding, led by running back Matt Forte, receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and tight end Martellus Bennett. The defense has forced an NFC-high 17 turnovers.

    Chicago has a very real opportunity to make the postseason; beating Washington on Sunday and improving its record to 5-2 would be a major step on that quest.

    Next game: at Washington

Dallas Cowboys

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    Odds: 25/1

    The Cowboys ended their two-game losing streak in emphatic fashion Sunday, soundly downing the Redskins 31-16 to improve their record to 3-3, tied atop the NFC East with the Eagles.

    Quarterback Tony Romo has been outstanding this season, and rookie receiver Terrance Williams has had a solid season to give the offense yet another playmaker. 

    However, the win was a bit of a Pyrrhic one, as the team lost pass-rushing demon DeMarcus Ware for the next three to four weeks with a quadriceps injury. Meanwhile, running back DeMarco Murray suffered a sprained MCL, and he'll likely be out this week, according to an interview owner Jerry Jones did with Dallas radio station 103.5 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News).

    This Sunday, the Cowboys play at Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East. With the division unlikely to send two teams to the playoffs, holding the lead is paramount. The Cowboys probably aren't good enough to make the postseason as a wild card. 

    Next game: @ Philadelphia

Indianapolis Colts

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    Odds: 20/1

    The Indianapolis Colts' three-game win streak ended in disappointing fashion this week, as the club dropped a 19-9 decision on Monday night in San Diego.

    It was a disconcerting showing for Indianapolis after it had dispatched of NFC powerhouses San Francisco and Seattle in the previous three weeks, but it'd be foolish to say that the Colts are no longer a playoff contender. They are still very much the favorites to win the AFC South.

    This Sunday night, the Colts host the Broncos in one of the most anticipated games of the season, with former Colts great Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis in what's sure to be an exciting game.

    If the Colts and their new stud quarterback, Andrew Luck, manage to pull off a victory, expect the Indianapolis hype train to be in overdrive by the time next week's odds are released.

    Next game: Denver (Sunday Night Football)

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Odds: 18/1

    The Kansas City Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012. Through six games in 2013, they're 6-0. 

    Should we just go ahead and name Andy Reid the Coach of the Year now?

    The Chiefs have gotten it done with an effective run game and a dominant, punishing defense. They lead the league in sacks (31) and takeaways (18), a testament to the job done by coordinator Bob Sutton. 

    While the team will likely finish behind the more talented Broncos in the AFC West, it's nearly a lock to qualify for the postseason.

    Expect Kansas City to improve to 7-0 when the reeling Texans come to Arrowhead on Sunday.

    Next game: Houston

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Odds: 18/1

    The Bengals didn't play their best football in Sunday's 27-24 victory over Buffalo, but a win is a win, and their record is now 4-2, good enough for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

    Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, including one to star receiver A.J. Green. Rookie running back Giovani Bernard looked like a man among boys, compiling 100 yards of total offense and doing it with flair.

    Meanwhile, the defense is ranked 11th overall and possesses elite talent. 

    As of now, the Bengals have to be considered the favorite to win the AFC North. A win on Sunday over the 4-2 Detroit Lions would cement them as a legitimate threat to play deep into January.

    Next game: at Detroit

Green Bay Packers

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    Odds: 12/1

    The Packers persevered in a major way, overcoming injuries to receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones to beat the Ravens 19-17.

    Such is the greatness of the coach Mike McCarthy/quarterback Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay: the ability to overcome adversity. The team showed it in 2010, winning the Super Bowl with a lot of players on IR, and flashed that form once again this past Sunday.

    Even without Cobb and Jones, the offense can get the job done. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been a revelation, and receiver Jordy Nelson is excellent in his own right.

    Every year since 2009, the Packers have compiled a win streak of at least four games. They've now won two in a row to improve their record to 3-2 and face the Browns and Vikings in the next two weeks. Expect them to win both and move to 5-2.

    Green Bay is still the favorite to win the NFC North and is a legitimate Super Bowl contender this season.

    Next game: Cleveland 

New England Patriots

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    Odds: 9/1

    Sunday's win over the Saints was classic Tom Brady, as the quarterback overcame a sub-par game (by his standards) to lead a last-second game-winning drive that improved the Patriots' record to 5-1.

    The 2013 iteration of the Patriots more closely resembles the early Brady/Belichick-era teams than those of recent years, as this squad is getting it done with a run game, defense and clutch play from Brady. The offense will get even better whenever star tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to the lineup.

    Wins in their next two games (at NY Jets, vs. Miami) would make New England the overwhelming favorite to win its fifth straight AFC East title. The team is absolutely a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

    Next game: at NY Jets

San Francisco 49ers

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    Odds: 17/2

    Because of their two blowout losses at the hands of Seattle and Indianapolis, the 49ers could be the league's quietest 4-2 team.

    But don't get it twisted. Last year's NFC champions are very dangerous and ready to make a run.

    San Francisco smothered Arizona 32-20, getting a complete effort from both offense and defense to make it happen. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes to tight end Vernon Davis, a positive sign for the offense.

    With games coming up at Tennessee, at Jacksonville and home to Carolina, the 49ers should be 7-2 heading into a titanic clash in New Orleans against the Saints on November 17.

    Next game: at Tennessee

New Orleans Saints

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    Odds: 17/2

    The Saints enter their bye week with a bitter taste in their mouths after losing a heartbreaker to the Patriots in the game's final seconds.

    The loss will sting doubly because of the fashion in which it occurred, with normally hyper-aggressive coach Sean Payton inexplicably going conservative at the end. That gave New England the ball back with a chance to win late.

    However, the defeat will end up serving New Orleans well. Now, Payton won't make the same mistake again.

    And despite the loss, New Orleans had an amazing first six games of the season. It would take an epic collapse for the team not to win the NFC South.

    The Saints will lick their wounds and come out firing in Week 8 against Buffalo. 

    Next game: Buffalo (Week 8)

Seattle Seahawks

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    Odds: 11/2

    The Seattle Seahawks improved their record to 5-1 with a 20-13 win over the Titans on Sunday. While they didn't play their best football, they got the job done and remain in first place in the NFC West.

    While the offense hasn't yet hit its stride, help could soon be on the way in the form of injured receiver Percy Harvin, who is almost ready to make his Seahawks debut after the club traded for him this past offseason. Harvin could add a dimension that would make the Seahawks very, very difficult to beat.

    For Seattle, the goal is simple: home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Quarterback Russell Wilson is 11-0 at CenturyLink Field, and the Seattle crowd is one of the league's loudest.

    In order for that to happen, Seattle must keep stacking up wins. Downing the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football would push the Seahawks' record to 6-1.

    Next game: at Arizona (Thursday Night Football)

Denver Broncos

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    Odds: 5/2

    Another week, another double-digit win for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The team downed Jacksonville 35-19, pushing its record to 6-0.

    The Broncos have scored the most points in league history through six games (265) and Manning has been celestial, with 22 touchdown passes against only two interceptions.

    There is no question that the Broncos are currently the favorite to win the Super Bowl. If they can win on Sunday night in Manning's much-anticipated return to Indianapolis, their odds may be even better next week.

    Next game: at Indianapolis (Sunday Night Football)