NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Latest Review and 2018-19 Super Bowl Odds

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles' LaRoy Reynolds, left, and Deiondre' Hall celebrate after a defensive stop during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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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

RankTeam (Super Bowl odds)
1New Orleans Saints (13-5)
2Chicago Bears (8-1)
3Los Angeles Chargers (12-1)
4Seattle Seahawks (35-1)
5Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
6Los Angeles Rams (17-4)
7New England Patriots (17-1)
8Baltimore Ravens (20-1)
9Indianapolis Colts (35-1)
10Philadelphia Eagles (35-1)
11Dallas Cowboys (27-1)
12Houston Texans (18-1)
13Pittsburgh Steelers (18-1)
14Tennessee Titans (40-1)
15Cleveland Browns (150-1)
16Minnesota Vikings (35-1)
17Denver Broncos (250-1)
18Washington Redskins (500-1)
19Buffalo Bills (1000-1)
20New York Giants (250-1)
21Detroit Lions (300-1)
22Green Bay Packers (250-1)
23Miami Dolphins (250-1)
24Atlanta Falcons (400-1)
25Carolina Panthers (200-1)
26New York Jets (1000-1)
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers (500-1)
28Cincinnati Bengals (250-1)
29Jacksonville Jaguars (500-1)
30San Francisco 49ers (3000-1)
31Oakland Raiders (5000-1)
32Arizona Cardinals (3000-1)
author's opinion

Odds courtesy of OddsShark

       

Baltimore Ravens

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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. 

       

Tennessee Titans

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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. 

       

Philadelphia Eagles 

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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: 

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. 

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