With only five weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, two teams have clearly emerged as the best in the league, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
Despite dealing with a four-game suspension for star quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots (9-2) were the preseason favorites to win Super Bowl LI and are still the team to beat. Oddsmakers have pegged them at +240 (bet $100 to win $240) to take home their fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy after the big game in Houston.
However, one of the surprise teams in the league this year currently owns a better record than New England and is right behind as the second choice on the betting board.
The Dallas Cowboys (10-1) are riding a 10-game winning streak and have gone a remarkable 9-1-1 against the spread overall. Led by a pair of rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are listed at +400 to win their first Super Bowl since taking three in four years back in the early 1990s.
Dallas has not been to the playoffs since 2014, though, and does not have much postseason experience compared to others.
One such NFC title contender that has a ton of recent playoff experience is the Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1), who are viewed as the top competition for the Cowboys and have been to the postseason four straight years.
In two of those years, the Seahawks won the conference championship with one Super Bowl title following the 2013 season. Seattle is sitting at +750 to win Super Bowl LI and currently sit as the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Other teams in the mix include the Oakland Raiders (9-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5), Atlanta Falcons (7-4), Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) and New York Giants (8-3).
The Raiders are +1000 to win the Super Bowl out of the AFC followed by the Steelers (+1200) and Chiefs (+1600). The NFC South-leading Falcons are also +1600 while the Giants are +2000 as winners of six in a row and the second-best team in the NFC East.
The NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (7-4) might have the most value right now at +4000.
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