One week stands between the NFL and a fully realized playoffs bracket.
One week also stands between bettors understanding if their long-term wagers on Super Bowl odds are still alive.
Luckily for teams and bettors alike, the Week 17 slate sandwiched between holidays offers a chance for redemption or the continuation of the path traveled. Coming out of a hectic Week 16, elimination games and more pepper the final week.
Below, let's see how oddsmakers have adjusted for the recent events and reshuffle the season-long power rankings.
2018 NFL Power Rankings and Super Bowl Odds
|Rank||Team (Super Bowl odds)|
|1||New Orleans Saints (13-5)|
|2||Chicago Bears (8-1)|
|3||Los Angeles Chargers (12-1)|
|4||Seattle Seahawks (35-1)|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)|
|6||Los Angeles Rams (17-4)|
|7||New England Patriots (17-1)|
|8||Baltimore Ravens (20-1)|
|9||Indianapolis Colts (35-1)|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles (35-1)|
|11||Dallas Cowboys (27-1)|
|12||Houston Texans (18-1)|
|13||Pittsburgh Steelers (18-1)|
|14||Tennessee Titans (40-1)|
|15||Cleveland Browns (150-1)|
|16||Minnesota Vikings (35-1)|
|17||Denver Broncos (250-1)|
|18||Washington Redskins (500-1)|
|19||Buffalo Bills (1000-1)|
|20||New York Giants (250-1)|
|21||Detroit Lions (300-1)|
|22||Green Bay Packers (250-1)|
|23||Miami Dolphins (250-1)|
|24||Atlanta Falcons (400-1)|
|25||Carolina Panthers (200-1)|
|26||New York Jets (1000-1)|
|27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (500-1)|
|28||Cincinnati Bengals (250-1)|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars (500-1)|
|30||San Francisco 49ers (3000-1)|
|31||Oakland Raiders (5000-1)|
|32||Arizona Cardinals (3000-1)|
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.
Thanks to a brave move at quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens control their fate and could be the most dangerous team in the playoffs.
All the Ravens have to do now is keep the ball rolling:
The Ravens are here because even when Joe Flacco got healthy, the coaching staff knew better than to take rookie Lamar Jackson out. Since taking over, he has gone 5-1, and his ability to extend drives has made a dangerous team even better.
Jackson's most recent feat is taking down the Los Angeles Chargers on the road while throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, his defense picked off sleeper MVP candidate Philip Rivers twice and held Melvin Gordon to 41 yards and the Chargers' only touchdown in the 22-10 win.
The Ravens have now won five of six since a Week 10 bye, and the loss somehow might be the most impressive feat of all—they went to Kansas City and lost to the Chiefs by just three points in overtime.
With Jackson rolling and the defense feeding off him, the Ravens are the team nobody wants to see in the playoffs.
The Tennessee Titans have the potential to be as tough as the Ravens in the playoffs.
Provided they get there.
Thanks to winning six games since a Week 8 bye and rattling off four in a row, the Titans are in win-and-in territory after serving as one of the NFL's more confusing teams before their break. The strong tear has earned the Titans a spot under the national spotlight too:
The wider audience will get to see running back Derrick Henry, who recently drummed up 84 yards and a score on the strong rushing defense of the Washington Redskins in a 25-16 Titans win.
Granted, backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert had to take some snaps in that game in place of Marcus Mariota, but Mariota (11 touchdowns, eight interceptions) hasn't offered the offense much all season anyway.
It's the defense that could give the AFC playoff competition fits.
The Titans have allowed more than 22 points in a game just twice dating back to Week 1. That includes some losses, of course, but the revival of the Titans' running game lately has helped elevate everything. And the team backed into the playoffs last year to beat the Chiefs, seemingly out of nowhere.
Should the Titans beat a familiar rival in the Indianapolis Colts, they will have a chance to do something similar again this year.
Three weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles looked dead in the water.
Now, not so much.
Needing to save the season, the Eagles have beat the 11-win Los Angeles Rams and the 10-win Houston Texans.
Much of the credit goes to backup quarterback Nick Foles, who could be playing his last few games with the Eagles:
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Nick Foles emotional thinking this could be his final game at the Linc “It’s emotional. I love playing in Philly. I knew there’s a chance this could be it. This city means a lot to me. There’s a chance it’s coming to an end. I am very grateful for every opportunity to play here” https://t.co/QapoeDUrhQ
Thrust into the spotlight again following an injury to Carson Wentz, Foles survived a battle with the Rams before throwing for 471 yards and four touchdowns during the last-minute escape against the Texans.
An incredible story, the Foles show will continue into the playoffs if the Eagles can beat the Washington Redskins in Week 17 and the Minnesota Vikings lose to the Chicago Bears.
It is understandable if fans are already feeling a major sense of deja vu with the Eagles. The run so far has already felt improbable, and they have already mopped up the Redskins once this season. If the Eagles slip into the playoffs, they might be the scariest team alive.