Super Bowl Odds 2013: Most Overrated and Underrated Playoff Teams

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after he sacked T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans in the first half during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Practically every season, there is a team that is discounted and promptly shocks everyone in the NFL playoffs.

Heck, the New York Giants weren't supposed to come close to winning the Super Bowl last season but did so emphatically.

Now, with the Giants out of the playoffs this season, who will be the next team that shocks and awes? Also, who will flop?

Here's are the most overrated and underrated teams in the NFL playoffs this season, complete with odds to win the Super Bowl (via Bovada).



Atlanta Falcons (7-1)

The Falcons currently have the fourth-best odds to win the Super Bowl, at 7-to-1.

Despite their 13-3 record, they've had the easiest strength of schedule among all playoffs teams (.423) and they've lost to the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past four weeks.

In both of those losses, the Falcons got lit up on the ground. They've allowed 4.8 yards per carry this season, 29th in the NFL.

On top of that, they are going to have to face either the Seattle Seahawks or the Washington Redskins in the divisional playoffs, two teams that can torch you running the pigskin.


Houston Texans (15-1)

The Texans currently have the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl (15-to-1), but that may even be a stretch, considering I see them losing in the Wild Card Round to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Once considered by many to be the league's premier team, Houston has lost three of its last four contests. Quarterback Matt Schaub is struggling, and the defense just allowed a combined 51 points to the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts in the past two weeks.



Cincinnati Bengals (45-1)

The Bengals have won seven of their last eight contests, yet they currently have the second-worst odds to win the Super Bowl this season.

During that span, they thrashed the New York Giants and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, two divisional opponents who beat them up last season.

They also haven't allowed more than 20 points to any opponent in that stretch, led by third-year defensive tackle Geno Atkins.


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