Updated Super Bowl Odds for Every NFL Team Heading into Week 11

Nick Kostos@@thekostosContributor INovember 13, 2013

Updated Super Bowl Odds for Every NFL Team Heading into Week 11

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    When the days grow colder and the nights grow longer, it means the NFL season is entering the stretch run. Week 11 is upon us, and it's time for teams to start peaking in advance of the postseason.

    Some teams have no chance at making the postseason, while others are locks. Then there are those in the middle who are still competing for spots. The next few weeks will prove to be critical in deciding which 12 teams will enter the playoffs.

    While not every team has a chance to win the Lombardi Trophy, hoisting it on the first Sunday in February remains the goal for all 32 squads.

    Here are the updated Super Bowl odds, via Bovada.lv, for every NFL team heading into Week 11.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Odds: None Listed

    The Jacksonville Jaguars finally broke though for a win, beating the Tennessee Titans 29-27 to earn their first win of the 2013 campaign. Of course, it wasn't enough to earn the Jags odds to win the Super Bowl, but the victory certainly represents progress for coach Gus Bradley's team.

    With a win under their belts and no threat of finishing 0-16, the Jaguars can focus the rest of the season on evaluating their young talent. 

    Bradley deserves a lot of credit for coaxing maximum effort out of a team that is clearly going nowhere. He and general manager David Caldwell have laid the foundation for future success.

    If receiver Justin Blackmon can get his life in order, he'll join battery mates Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown as a talented trio of playmakers for whoever the new quarterback will be in 2014.

    Next Game: vs. Arizona

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Odds: None Listed

    The Jaguars weren't the only Florida-based team to earn its first win in Week 10, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke duck with a 22-19 Monday night triumph over the Miami Dolphins.

    Much like Jacksonville, 1-8 Tampa Bay has no Super Bowl odds to show for it.

    Bottom line: Despite the victory, the Buccaneers are still way too inconsistent. It wasn't so much that they won the game as it was that the Dolphins lost it.

    Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been a bright spot, throwing nine touchdown passes against only four interceptions. He's essentially auditioning for whoever the new head coach will be in 2014.

    That's because there's little to no chance Greg Schiano will be retained. One win isn't enough to save what's been a disastrous season in Tampa.

    Next Game: vs. Atlanta

Buffalo Bills

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    Odds: 1,000/1

    The Buffalo Bills suffered a very disappointing 23-10 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers that dropped their record to 3-7 and dealt a significant blow to their 2013 playoff aspirations.

    However, 2013 has never been about the postseason for Buffalo, but rather about developing its cavalcade of young talent—and that's been a successful undertaking for coach Doug Marrone and general manager Doug Whaley.

    Quarterback EJ Manuel returned after missing four games with a knee sprain, and while he looked rusty and didn't play particularly well, having him healthy for the remainder of the campaign is a must for the coaching staff. If he can steadily improve over the final six games, Bills fans should feel excellent heading into the offseason.

    The team's late bye (Week 12) did it no favors this year, as running back C.J. Spiller has looked like a shell of himself for most of the season. He desperately needs that week off to rest his injured ankle.

    But even if the Bills lose the final six games (they won't), the future is bright in western New York.

    Next Game: vs. N.Y. Jets

Atlanta Falcons

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    Odds: 1,000/1

    Remember when the Atlanta Falcons were considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender and one of the best teams in football?

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    Atlanta's miserable season continued last week with a 33-10 shellacking at the hands of the Seahawks, and its record now sits at a dreadful 2-7. How could this have happened to a team with championship aspirations?

    Injuries, first and foremost. When you lose your top offensive option (receiver Julio Jones) and best defensive player (linebacker Sean Weatherspoon), it's difficult to win. Plus, the season-long hamstring and ankle maladies suffered by receiver Roddy White put the offense further behind the eight ball.

    Then there's the fact that the team just needs better players. General manager Thomas Dimitroff must upgrade the offensive line and inject more youth and playmaking ability into the defense. 

    Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan have proven they can win. Don't bet against the three returning to prominence in 2014.

    Atlanta has a real opportunity to get back into the win column on Sunday in Tampa Bay.

    Next Game: at Tampa Bay

Oakland Raiders

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    Odds: 750/1

    As it concerns Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the bloom is officially off the rose. 

    The young signal-caller has now gone three consecutive games without a touchdown pass and has thrown five interceptions in that span. His latest clunker came in the team's 24-20 loss to the New York Giants, a disappointing effort that likely has Raider Nation concerned about the future of the position.

    But it's important to remember that Pryor only has 10 career starts under his belt and is bound for growing pains. The fact that he's helped lead an extremely suspect 53-man roster to a 3-6 record is something to be proud of.

    Coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie have done a nice job up until this point, but they need to make sure the wheels don't completely come off in the final seven games of the season. Owner Mark Davis is his father's son, and a terrible finish to the year could end up costing Allen and McKenzie their jobs.

    Oakland has no chance of making the playoffs this year.

    Next Game: at Houston

Minnesota Vikings

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    Odds: 750/1

    The Minnesota Vikings showed heart, grit and determination in their 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins last Thursday night. Of course, the team is still dead in the water at 2-7, but it's playing hard for coach Leslie Frazier.

    Quarterback Christian Ponder played very well in the victory, completing 17 of his 21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. He's expected to play this Sunday at Seattle, and he desperately needs to string together a series of impressive starts in order to keep the job heading into 2014.

    The Vikings aren't going to the playoffs, so the rest of the season is about saving jobs. Frazier is no lock to return in 2014, and neither is general manager Rick Spielman. 

    Either way, the team must do a better job of surrounding all-world running back Adrian Peterson with talent for next season.

    Minnesota will likely drop to 2-8 with a loss this Sunday against the Seahawks.

    Next Game: at Seattle

St. Louis Rams

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    Odds: 500/1

    St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher deserves a ton of credit for how his team has played in the wake of the season-ending injury to quarterback Sam Bradford. St. Louis was ultra-impressive in its stunning 38-8 beatdown of the heavily favored Colts in Indianapolis.

    Rookie receiver Tavon Austin finally flashed the form we saw him display at West Virginia, scoring three long touchdowns in explosive fashion. For the first time this season, his speed really shined through. His continued development is something to watch over the remainder of the campaign.

    Backup signal-caller Kellen Clemens continues to be solid in relief of Bradford, and running back Zac Stacy looks like a keeper.

    On defense, ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long form a dynamic twosome, and there is other young talent throughout, notably rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree and corner Janoris Jenkins.

    The 4-6 Rams won't make the playoffs this year, but Fisher and general manager Les Snead have to feel good about the future of the club. The top offseason priority will be getting Bradford back and healthy.

    Next Game: vs. Chicago (Week 12)

Houston Texans

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    Odds: 500/1

    The Houston Texans' losing streak reached an unfathomable seven games after their 27-24 loss in Arizona, leaving their record at 2-7 and all but ending any chance of a third consecutive trip to the postseason.

    Quarterback Case Keenum once again played well, tossing three touchdown passes. He's provided a definite spark for the club. The problem is, the rest of the team hasn't played up to his level.

    The club made two major roster moves this week, placing running back Arian Foster on injured reserve (back) and releasing safety Ed Reed. The offseason signing of Reed turned out to be a colossal mistake, and the future Hall of Famer looks to be finished. As for Foster, his disappointing season ends on a sour note. Ben Tate is a very capable backup, and playing well down the stretch would mightily improve his stock as he heads into free agency. 

    Overall, the team has way too much talent to have lost seven consecutive games. The defense has been a letdown, with the noted exception of defensive lineman J.J. Watt. The pass rush just hasn't been consistent enough.

    In a bit of positive news, per John Breech of CBSSports.com, it appears coach Gary Kubiak will be back on the sidelines this Sunday after suffering a "mini-stroke" at halftime of the team's loss to Indianapolis two weeks ago. In a bit of negative news, Kubiak is not a lock to return in 2014.

    Next Game: vs. Oakland

Washington Redskins

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    Odds: 150/1

    Well, the Washington Redskins have the NFC East right where they want it. Or something like that.

    The team dropped to 3-6 with an extremely disappointing loss to the Vikings last Thursday night. But that was also the Redskins' record after nine games in 2012, and all they did at that point was rattle off seven consecutive wins en route to a division title.

    The chances of that happening this year aren't good. The defense has been atrocious for most of the season, and it just made Christian Ponder look like the second coming of Fran Tarkenton. 

    The offense was excellent against Minnesota, with quarterback Robert Griffin III tossing three touchdown passes and running back Alfred Morris rushing for 139 yards. But ultimately, if the unit doesn't put up 35-plus points, the team doesn't have a great chance of winning.

    In order for the club to harbor any continued playoff aspirations, a win at Philadelphia this Sunday is a must. Washington will be looking to avenge its Week 1 Monday night defeat at the hands of Chip Kelly's club.

    Next Game: at Philadelphia 

Tennessee Titans

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    Odds: 150/1

    The Tennessee Titans' 29-27 loss to the Jaguars was devastating on several levels.

    First, it dropped their record to 4-5. In a weekend where seemingly every contender for the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot lost, it was a prime opportunity for Tennessee to move into pole position for the berth. 

    Second, they lost to the hapless, previously winless Jaguars. What more needs to be said there?

    And lastly, quarterback Jake Locker is done for the season after suffering a Lisfranc injury during the game.

    The loss of Locker is categorically huge. This is now the second consecutive season that Locker has sustained a season-ending injury, and he's only started 14 of a possible 32 games over the past two years. It's difficult for a coaching staff to determine whether or not Locker is going to be their quarterback of the future when he can't stay on the field.

    Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will take the reins for the final seven games. He's a capable option, but not good enough to steer Tennessee into the postseason. Their playoff chances likely vanished with the injury to Locker.

    Next Game: vs. Indianapolis (Thursday Night Football)

Miami Dolphins

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    Odds: 150/1

    The Miami Dolphins hoped to eliminate the profound stench emanating from the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, but they  instead further fanned the flames, losing to the previously winless Bucs on Monday night.

    The loss continued a nightmarish week for the team, which is now 4-5 after a 3-0 start. The offensive line, playing without Incognito and Martin, fell apart late, failing to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The unit was also awful all night at the point of attack, as the team managed a grand total of two rushing yards all night. Two! That's a matter of will and heart, and the Dolphins clearly didn't want it bad enough.

    Then there's the case of receiver Mike Wallace, the $60 million man who can't be bothered to fight for the football. Wallace doesn't even pretend to care. 

    Miami's problems start at the top with clueless owner Stephen Ross. Remember, Ross is the guy who tried to sign Jim Harbaugh as his coach when he still employed Tony Sparano and then extended Sparano in unfathomable fashion when Harbaugh rightly spurned him to go to San Francisco. 

    Then there's general manager Jeff Ireland; his foibles are too many to list in this space, but bidding against himself for Wallace ranks near the top. Ireland has shown that he cannot manage a roster or human beings.

    While Ross showed support for coach Joe Philbin, he could be on borrowed time as well.

    The Dolphins simply must win on Sunday when they host the Chargers. Losing will only further the club's downward spiral of embarrassment and disgrace.

    Next Game: vs. San Diego

Cleveland Browns

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    Odds: 150/1

    The Cleveland Browns have to be feeling good coming out of their bye week, as the 4-5 club is very much in the mix for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.

    Overall, it's been a very encouraging season for the team. Coach Rob Chudzinski and his staff have done an outstanding job, and trading running back Trent Richardson for a first-round pick appears to have been a major coup for the front office.

    The defense has been solid, and quarterback Jason Campbell is an upgrade over Brandon Weeden. 

    Cleveland has already beaten the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals once this season. If the team can do it again on Sunday, it'll be time to start taking it seriously as a legitimate playoff threat.

    But even if the Browns lose, they are only a franchise quarterback away from being a perennial contender.

    Next Game: at Cincinnati

San Diego Chargers

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    Odds: 100/1

    The San Diego Chargers put forth a valiant effort, but they ultimately dropped a 28-20 decision to the Denver Broncos. The team's second consecutive loss dropped its record to 4-5.

    Despite the defeat, San Diego should feel good about its performance this season. Coach Mike McCoy has done a fabulous job, and quarterback Philip Rivers has undergone a career renaissance that would make Galileo jealous.

    The Chargers face a must-win on Sunday in Miami. A win would push their record to 5-5 ahead of a very tough closing schedule that includes two games with the undefeated Chiefs and another matchup with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

    A postseason trip isn't out of the question, but the schedule makes it unlikely.

    Next Game: at Miami

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Odds: 100/1

    The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of their bye week with a much-needed 23-10 win over the Bills that pushed their record to 3-6 and kept their flickering playoff hopes alive.

    The Pittsburgh defense finally began to resemble its former self, sacking Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel three times and stifling the opposing offense. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made enough plays in the passing game to secure the win.

    While the Steelers put themselves way behind the eight ball with a rough start, they are definitely still in contention for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot. In order to get there, though, they'll need more consistency from both units.

    And a win against the Detroit Lions this Sunday would help too.

    Next Game: vs. Detroit

Arizona Cardinals

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    Odds: 100/1

    Don't look now, but the Arizona Cardinals are 5-4 and very much alive in the NFC playoff race. In fact, the team owns head-to-head tiebreakers over the 6-3 Lions and 6-3 Carolina Panthers.

    Coach Bruce Arians has done a magnificent job in his first season on the job. Arizona is building momentum at the right time.

    The defense is ranked 12th overall and features several Pro Bowl-caliber players. If quarterback Carson Palmer can limit his turnovers (he's thrown 15 interceptions against 12 touchdowns), the Cardinals have a shot at the postseason.

    Arizona should be able to improve to 6-4 by beating the Jaguars on Sunday.

    It's time to take notice, America. The Cardinals aren't going anyway anytime soon.

    Next Game: at Jacksonville

New York Jets

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    Odds: 75/1

    Despite being on their bye week, the New York Jets actually won in Week 10. How's that, you ask?

    Every other team contending for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot lost, leaving Gang Green at 5-4 and in the driver's seat for a playoff berth.

    That's an unbelievable credit to the job done by coach Rex Ryan. The Jets' 53-man roster is extremely suspect, and the fact that the team is 5-4 is stunning.

    The Jets appears to have settled into their identity as a ground-and-pound football team, which likely excites Ryan the same way a glass of Jack Daniels excites Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Gang Green is playing excellent defense and is running the ball in an effective fashion.

    If rookie quarterback Geno Smith can limit his mistakes, the Jets have a real shot at qualifying for the postseason. Beating Buffalo on Sunday and improving their record to 6-4 would certainly help in that regard.

    Next Game: at Buffalo

New York Giants

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    Odds: 50/1

    The New York Giants are like the proverbial phoenix, rising from the ashes in incredible fashion. The team has now won three consecutive games after starting the season 0-6 and is still alive in the putrid NFC East.

    Critics will point to the fact that they've beaten teams quarterbacked by Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley and Terrelle Pryor on the streak, but that doesn't matter. All that ultimately matters is wins and losses, and the Giants have won three straight to get themselves back in the race.

    The team gets another stroke of luck this week, as it plays a Green Bay Packers team without its top two options (Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace) at the quarterback position. If Big Blue can survive third-stringer Scott Tolzien, it'll be 4-6 and with a home game against 5-5 Dallas looming in Week 12.

    These Giants are no longer sleeping. Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning have proven in the past that they are at their best with their backs against the wall, so don't count them out. 

    Next Game: vs. Green Bay

Chicago Bears

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    Odds: 50/1

    The Chicago Bears had a golden opportunity to take control of the NFC North with a home win over the Lions. Instead, they fell 21-19 to their division rivals and allowed Detroit to take over first place.

    While many criticized coach Marc Trestman for inserting quarterback Jay Cutler back into the starting lineup just two weeks removed from injuring his ground, it was the right move. Cutler was medically cleared, and he played very well before suffering a high-ankle sprain. He is now week to week with the malady and will miss this Sunday's game against the Ravens.

    Ultimately, it was the defense that failed the Bears last Sunday. The unit has been besieged with injuries to key players, the latest being a torn triceps suffered by cornerback Charles Tillman, which landed the star player on short-term injured reserve.

    Still, the Bears are only one game out of first place in the NFC North. The team needs backup quarterback Josh McCown to guide it to a win over the Ravens.

    Next Game: vs. Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens

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    Odds: 50/1

    The Baltimore Ravens needed to play with desperation, and they did just that last Sunday against the Bengals, racing out to a 17-3 lead and ultimately holding off a late charge to emerge victorious in overtime, 20-17. The win improved their record to 4-5 and keeps them alive in a jumbled AFC North. 

    Despite the win, though, the offense continues to struggle. The Ravens can't run the ball to save their lives. Running back Ray Rice looks like a shell of his former self. In the passing game, quarterback Joe Flacco doesn't have much to work with. 

    Fortunately for the Ravens, the defense has played well. In order for it to remain in contention, the unit will have to carry the team.

    Baltimore cannot afford to fall to 4-6. It must win on Sunday in Chicago, or it likely won't get the opportunity to defend its Super Bowl title.

    Next Game: at Chicago

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Odds: 33/1

    The NFL is a funny league. Just a few weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles looked absolutely dead in the water, scoring only three points on offense in consecutive losses to the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants. But now, they've won two straight in dominant fashion to bring their record to 5-5.

    The Eagles got a complete team effort in their 27-13 win over the Packers. The defense was excellent, keyed by the play of linebacker DeMeco Ryans, and quarterback Nick Foles continued to shine.

    Foles has now thrown 16 touchdown passes on the season against zero interceptions. That's right—he has yet to throw an interception in 136 pass attempts. He's played phenomenal football.

    Chip Kelly's Eagles appears to be heating up at the right time. A win on Sunday over the Redskins would both bury their division rival and propel the team into first place in the NFC East.

    Next Game: vs. Washington

Dallas Cowboys

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    Odds: 33/1

    The Dallas Cowboys were throttled by the New Orleans Saints last Sunday night, losing 49-17 in grotesque fashion. The defense was historically bad, allowing an NFL-record 40 first downs. How is that even possible?

    Owner Jerry Jones didn't do himself any favors after the game when he proclaimed that the offseason decision to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator with Monte Kiffin "doesn't look good," per Tim MacMahon of ESPN. The team would be much better served if Jones would stop talking to the media altogether, but there's a better chance of Billy Ray Cyrus winning father of the year than that happening.

    Even with the loss, Dallas is 5-5 and tied for first place in the NFC East. There's no question that coach Jason Garrett's job is on the line. The club needs to focus on getting healthy and being fully prepared to battle the Giants in Week 12.

    Next Game: at N.Y. Giants (Week 12)

Green Bay Packers

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    Odds: 25/1

    Just a few weeks ago, the Packers looked like absolute world-beaters and were the clear favorites to win the NFC North. 

    Of course, that was with a healthy Aaron Rodgers. Without their star quarterback, the team has dropped two consecutive games and is down to third-stringer Scott Tolzien after backup Seneca Wallace was hurt in the loss last Sunday to Philadelphia.

    The Packers are in significant trouble. They play at the red-hot Giants on Sunday and are in very real danger of falling to 5-5. The club desperately needs Rodgers back in order to make a run at the postseason, because the defense isn't good enough to cover for the offense's deficiencies. 

    Next Game: at N.Y. Giants

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Odds: 25/1

    The Cincinnati Bengals disappointed yet again on Sunday, falling 20-17 in overtime to division rival Baltimore. And let's be honest, they didn't even deserve to get to overtime, but receiver A.J. Green caught a miraculous Hail Mary as time expired to force the extra session.

    That's now two consecutive hideous losses in a row for a Cincinnati team that looked like it was turning the corner toward "elite" status. Now, there are questions if they can even hold off the Ravens and Browns in the AFC North.

    Quarterback Andy Dalton was terrible against Baltimore, throwing another three interceptions, and coach Marvin Lewis' decision to go for a fourth down in overtime was horrendous and ended up costing his team the game. That twosome hasn't inspired and lends little hope to the club mounting a run at the Super Bowl.

    Despite the negatives, Cincinnati is still in first place in the AFC North at 6-4 and can take a major step toward claiming a division title with a win on Sunday against Cleveland.

    Next Game: vs. Cleveland

Detroit Lions

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    Odds: 20/1

    The Detroit Lions pulled off a major victory, downing the Bears 21-19 to claim first place in the NFC North. The club now sits at 6-3 after completing the sweep of their division rivals.

    Quarterback Matthew Stafford has played tremendous football this season and is a legitimate MVP candidate. Receiver Calvin Johnson is the best in the world at his position, and running back Reggie Bush has been phenomenal.

    The defense has also stepped up, and it played a huge role in the team's victory this past Sunday.

    Coach Jim Schwartz has done a great job with not only the defense, but with the entire team. He deserves a ton of credit.

    With Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler injured, the NFC North is the Lions' to lose. They look poised to win their first division title since 1993.

    Next Game: at Pittsburgh

Indianapolis Colts

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    Odds: 18/1

    Perhaps no team turned in a more disappointing Week 10 effort than the Indianapolis Colts, who were humiliated at home by the underdog Rams, 38-8.

    The game should serve as a humbling experience for Indianapolis, which is still in first place in the AFC South. The Colts are still an excellent football team, as evidenced by their victories over NFL powerhouses Denver, Seattle and San Francisco. They have to hope the performance was an aberration.

    Running back Trent Richardson has been a disappointment since coming over from the Browns in exchange for a first-round pick. He's rushed 88 times for only 250 yards as a Colt—an average of 2.8 yards per carry. That's not good enough. The team must figure out a way to get him going.

    Indianapolis can take make a significant stride toward a division title with a win on Thursday night in Tennessee.

    Next Game: at Tennessee (Thursday Night Football)

Carolina Panthers

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    Odds: 14/1

    The Carolina Panthers ran their win streak to five consecutive games with an ultra-impressive 10-9 road victory against the San Francisco 49ers. This team is for real.

    Carolina has an outstanding defense, keyed by middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. Quarterback Cam Newton didn't play his best game against the 49ers, but it was good enough to earn the win. The three-headed rushing monster of backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will be tough for opposing defenses to handle.

    Plus, coach Ron Rivera has totally let loose, embracing the "Riverboat Ron" persona. It's been a much-needed change for his team. He deserves a lot of credit. 

    Rivera is changing the team's mindset as well, saying earlier this week, “It might just change from being relevant to being very relevant. That’s what we’re going to do," per Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

    If the Panthers can beat the New England Patriots on Monday night and improve to 7-3, they'll not only be in the driver's seat for a playoff berth, but a threat to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

    Next Game: vs. New England (Monday Night Football)

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Odds: 12/1

    The 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs are coming out of their bye week healthy and ready for the stretch run of the season. The goal is clear: home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

    The team plays against the 8-1 Denver Broncos on Sunday night in one of the most anticipated games of the season and could be catching Denver at the right time. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will play but is nursing an injured ankle, likely leaving pass-rushing demons Justin Houston and Tamba Hali salivating.

    The Chiefs have a punishing ground game led by running back Jamaal Charles, an outstanding defense and a quarterback in Alex Smith who doesn't make mistakes. Even if they lose to the Broncos, the Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

    Next Game: at Denver (Sunday Night Football)

San Francisco 49ers

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    Odds: 10/1

    While the 6-3 San Francisco 49ers should be good enough to qualify for the postseason, there is legitimate reason for concern, as B/R's own Mike Freeman wonderfully detailed in his pre-Week 11 grades column.

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggled mightily in the the loss to Carolina, throwing for only 91 yards and looking generally unsettled. The team desperately needs wide receiver Michael Crabtree back in the lineup and for tight end Vernon Davis to be at 100 percent health.

    The defense is stout, but it won't matter if the offense can't put points on the board against elite competition.

    We'll know a lot more about the 49ers' Super Bowl prospects at the conclusion of Sunday's game in New Orleans. 

    Next Game: at New Orleans

New England Patriots

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    Odds: 9/1

    The 7-2 New England Patriots entered their bye week clicking on all cylinders and appear ready to make yet another run at a Super Bowl title.

    With tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola healthy and running back Shane Vereen set to return from his wrist injury, quarterback Tom Brady has a full complement of weapons to work with, which is bad news for the rest of the league.

    And, of course, the team still has the best head coach in football in Bill Belichick, who had an extra week to prepare for Cam Newton and the Panthers, the Patriots' opponent this Monday night.

    While New England didn't play its best football early in the season, it appears to be peaking at the right time. 

    Next Game: at Carolina (Monday Night Football)

New Orleans Saints

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    Odds: 15/2

    The New Orleans Saints absolutely eviscerated the Cowboys on Sunday night, racking up an NFL-record 40 first downs in the process. Quarterback Drew Brees was unstoppable.

    Brees and coach Sean Payton have the offense operating at a ridiculous level, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has breathed new life into a unit that was historically poor in 2012. The defense is ranked fifth overall.

    The goal for the Saints must be to claim home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, as it's difficult to imagine any team coming into the Superdome and knocking them off. 

    Make no mistake about it, the Saints are most certainly a Super Bowl contender.

    Next Game: vs. San Francisco

Seattle Seahawks

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    Odds: 4/1

    The Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Falcons on Sunday, earning a small measure of revenge against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs this past January.

    It was a complete effort for a Seattle team that will only get more dangerous as the season moves along. Starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini will soon return to the lineup, and dynamic receiver Percy Harvin looks set to make his season debut on Sunday against his former team, the Vikings.

    Quarterback Russell Wilson has had a sensational sophomore campaign, and the defense is excellent. 

    At 9-1, Seattle is in pole position for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

    Next Game: vs. Minnesota

Denver Broncos

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    Odds: 10/3

    The Denver Broncos escaped San Diego with a huge win to improve their record to 8-1, meaning that they can claim first place in the AFC West with a victory on Sunday night against first-place Kansas City.

    Quarterback Peyton Manning was majestic yet again, tossing four touchdown passes, including three to receiver Demaryius Thomas. But he also had his ankle injury aggravated late on a hit from Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget. Despite the injury, Manning is expected to play against the Chiefs.

    While Chiefs fans will likely be dismayed that their club is once again behind Denver in the Super Bowl odds (and a heavy underdog this Sunday), there's good reason for it: The Broncos are the better football team, and through 10 weeks, they have to be considered the odds-on favorite to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

    Next Game: vs. Kansas City (Sunday Night Football)