And then there were eight.
After one of the more exciting and entertaining NFL Wild Card weekends in recent memory (three Wild Card teams went on the road and won), only eight teams remain alive in the battle for Super Bowl 53 glory.
A case can be made for the championship worthiness of each of the remaining eight teams. However, the way the oddsmakers in Vegas see it, only a handful of teams have a legitimate chance at leaving Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA with the Lombardi Trophy in hand.
With that being said, here is a look at the current Super Bowl 53 odds heading into the Divisional round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs.
Odds courtesy of BetDSI as of January 7, 2018.
Dallas Cowboys (+1600)
According to Vegas, the Cowboys are the least likely remaining team to win Super Bowl 53. Nonetheless, this is a team that is very much capable of making some postseason noise.
Their offense, led by running back Ezekiel Elliott, is built for January success, and their defense, led by arguably the best group of linebackers in the NFL, is capable of slowing down any offense they may face.
Bottom line: Don’t let the odds fool you, the Cowboys are a legitimate Super Bowl 53 threat.
Philadelphia Eagles (+1200)
The Eagles are out to defend their Super Bowl 52 title, and with Nick Foles back at the helm, they appear to be peaking at just the right time. Things won’t be easy for the Birds, however, as they will have to win three road games just to reach Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. But as we learned a year ago, this team is capable of just about anything.
Indianapolis Colts (+1200)
After going 4-12 in 2017, the Colts rebuilt their roster and coaching staff, and are now one of the scariest teams in the AFC.
Offensively, Andrew Luck is playing MVP-caliber football, Marlon Mack has emerged as one of the better running backs in the game, T.Y. Hilton continues to be a game-changer, but most importantly, thanks to the addition of rookie guard Quenton Nelson, the Indy offensive line has been simply outstanding.
Defensively, the Colts have been surprisingly stout against both the run and pass. Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard is as good as they get, but it will be the team’s secondary that is the key to their postseason success.
The Colts travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs this weekend, and we believe they have what it takes to leave Kansas City with a win.
Los Angeles Chargers (+900)
Simply put: When the Chargers are clicking, there may not be a better, more complete, team in the entire league. They have to travel across the country to take on the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. this weekend, and as we all know, beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the postseason is no easy feat. That said, the Chargers are 8-1 on the road this season.
If there were ever a Wild Card team that is capable of making a Super Bowl run, it’s the Chargers.
New England Patriots (+550)
If we know one thing, it’s that it would be extremely foolish to count the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick-led Patriots out when the postseason comes around.
The Pats are set to host the Chargers this weekend at Gillette Stadium, where January home losses are few and far between. While this team hasn’t looked as strong as past New England teams, we still consider them the team to beat in the AFC.
Los Angeles Rams (+450)
After looking nearly unbeatable early in the season, the Rams looked like a completely different team in the month of December — in a bad way.
Sean McVay’s team found themselves in a bit of a funk as the regular season came to an end, but they should benefit from having Wild Card weekend off. They will have their work cut out for them against the Cowboys this weekend, but with All-Pro running back Todd Gurley II once again healthy, we are expecting them to regain some of their offensive swagger.
Kansas City Chiefs (+425)
The Chiefs have the offensive firepower to stay competitive in every game they will play from here on out. They have the benefit of homefield advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs, but for them to truly make any postseason noise, their defense will have to step up and out-perform expectations.
New Orleans Saints (+250)
The Saints, despite their late season offensive slump, are still the team to beat according to Vegas. With their defense now playing outstanding football, the Saints may have the most complete team in the league — If they can recapture some of their offensive magic, of course.
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