Super Bowl Odds for the 16 Teams Still in the Playoff Hunt
With 16 teams in the mix, there are only three games in Week 17 that have no playoff significance. Each of the 16 teams have varying odds to win the Super Bowl from 1.75-to-1 all the way to 350-to-1.
The Green Bay Packers have been the undisputed best team in the NFL and remain the odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl once again. However, several other teams remain alive going into the final week of the season and could produce a run through the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and others will look to prove they have a good enough team to win the Super Bowl.
Every team will be compared to the Packers with their odds to win the Super Bowl, but some are bit of a long shot compared to the defending Super Bowl champions.
Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers have been the class of the NFL for the entire 2011 season. Aaron Rodgers and Co. reeled off 13 in a row before finally losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.
They picked the ball right back up last week versus their division rivals the Chicago Bears on Christmas. Green Bay remains the favorite to bring home the Lombardi Trophy once again.
If you want to go to the Super Bowl in the NFC, you will need to beat the defending Super Bowl champions in the "frozen tundra" in order to do so.
Super Bowl Odds: 1.75-to-1
San Francisco 49ers
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Arguably the second-most consistent team all season, the San Francisco 49ers present a different type of matchup for any team in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers' tough-as-nails defense coupled with their solid running game provide a recipe for success come playoff time.
Quarterback Alex Smith will be play a big role in whether or not the 49ers win the Super Bowl this season in Indianapolis. San Francisco's physical style of play could be what knocks off the Green Bay Packers.
Super Bowl Odds: 13-to-1
New York Giants
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The New York Giants enter Week 17 in a do-or-die scenario. Beat the Dallas Cowboys and they're in. Lose to the Dallas Cowboys and they'll be golfing.
Eli Manning has enjoyed one of the better years of his career in 2011. Similar to their Super Bowl-winning team from a few years ago, the Giants struggled through a patch of games but were able to collect themselves in late December.
New York presents a dangerous matchup for any team in the NFC if it can get past Dallas.
Super Bowl Odds: 33 to 1
New England Patriots
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The New England Patriots can lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win vs. Buffalo this weekend. New England's passing attack, led by Tom Brady and his two tight ends, has torched teams left and right thus far in 2011.
Brady's offense will be able to outscore most, but their Super Bowl odds dip with their spotty defense. The Patriots will be the favorite to come out of the AFC, but they must be able to stop opposing offenses at Foxboro.
Super Bowl Odds: 4-to-1
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will face a tough road ahead in the playoff in order to return to the Super Bowl. With Ben Roethlisberger banged up, the Steelers will have their hands full trying to beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro.
A Super Bowl rematch is not out of the question if Roethlisberger can stay healthy during their playoff run.
Super Bowl Odds: 13-to-1
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The Oakland Raiders are clinging to their playoff hopes going into Week 17. Oakland still has a chance to win the AFC West but needs some assistance.
If they win on Sunday and the Denver Broncos lose, the Raiders will be in the playoffs. Oakland could pose problematic if it can get its run game going.
Carson Palmer is a veteran quarterback with some playoff experience, which will be needed in the playoff-rich AFC.
Super Bowl Odds: 125-to-1
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The Baltimore Ravens can lock up a first-round bye in Week 17 as they look to make one final push towards a Super Bowl.
Ray Lewis and others will be trying to return to the big game before "Father Time" decides it's time. Lewis and the Ravens have been one of the better teams all season despite their erratic play.
Super Bowl Odds: 10.5-to-1
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The Detroit Lions have joined the playoff party for the first time since 1999. Detroit will have to win out on the road in order to reach the promised land of Indianapolis.
Matthew Stafford and the Lions will be a tough out for any team and could be the ones who upset their division rival Green Bay.
Oh, there's also some guy named "Megatron" that plays for Detroit that could wreak havoc.
Super Bowl Odds: 38-to-1
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The Atlanta Falcons were preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl for the NFC. They struggled to maintain momentum throughout the season but were able to fix enough things to slide into the playoffs.
Atlanta could face division rival New Orleans somewhere down the line, which would provide an ample opportunity to knock the Saints out of the playoffs.
Super Bowl Odds: 30-to-1
New Orleans Saints
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The New Orleans Saints enter Week 17 on fire. Winners of seven in a row, the Saints can lock up a first-round bye with a win on Sunday and some help.
Their record-breaking quarterback has been as good as anyone in 2011 and could bring New Orleans another Super Bowl. However, the Saints historically have struggled on the road, and going to Green Bay will be no cake walk.
Super Bowl Odds: 5.5-to-1
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On Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will travel to New York to try and lock up the NFC East divisional crown. They face a tough task with Tony Romo's hand severely bruised.
Dallas has had a rough go of it when it comes to the playoffs in the last 15 years. Its record in the postseason since the mid-1990s is pretty poor.
Super Bowl Odds: 50-to-1
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First-string quarterback out. Second-string quarterback out.
The Houston Texans will be entering their first ever postseason in franchise history without one of their main guys and several other key injuries. The injuries seem insurmountable for the Texans at this point.
What could save the Texans is their No. 1 defense and No. 2 running game. A solid defense and stellar running game could go a long way in the playoffs.
Super Bowl Odds: 55-to-1
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Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have provided one of the biggest storylines of the season. They have a chance to clinch the AFC West division title and a home playoff game with a win in Week 17.
However, their odds of running the table seem quite slim.
Super Bowl Odds: 80-to-1
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Rookie quarterback and rookie wide receiver. That's all you need to know about the Cincinnati Bengals and their playoff hopes.
Both Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have shown signs in 2011 that they could be perennial contenders, but these are the playoffs and people are out for blood.
Super Bowl Odds: 110-to-1
New York Jets
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Mark Sanchez endured one of the worst performances of his career in the crucial showdown with the New York Giants. Now the New York Jets will need some serious help on Sunday in order to make the playoffs.
That alone makes them a long shot. If they did make the dance, they could stir some things up.
Super Bowl Odds: 250-to-1
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Somehow the Tennessee Titans remain alive and relevant going into Week 17. They must win and need a series of events to take place in order for them to make the playoffs.
Miracles have happened before for this franchise, so don't be shocked if something crazy goes down with this team. However, I wouldn't put your money on it happening this go-around.
Super Bowl Odds: 350-to-1
Justin Sparks is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report @JustinSparks22