Super Bowl Predictions: Odds for Each Remaining Team to Reach the Big Game
Super Bowl predictions largely remain the same prior to the start of the playoffs. The Patriots were pegged as the AFC representatives and the Falcons as the NFC representatives.
However, as Seattle showed us all, anything can happen in the playoffs and there are plenty of games left to be played.
What are the odds each remaining team left in the playoffs has of making it to the Super Bowl?
8. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle shocked the NFL when they beat the defending Super Bowl champs—the New Orleans Saints—in the Wild Card round.
In fact, there's a very good chance that the Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears this weekend. After all, Seattle did beat them earlier this season, so it wouldn't shock anyone if it happened again.
However, I don't see them standing a chance against the winner of the Falcons-Packers game.
Odds of making the big game: 45 to 1
7. New York Jets
The New York Jets managed to squeeze out a last-second victory over the Indianapolis Colts and advance to the next round.
However, they'll be facing the New England Patriots.
Of all the remaining teams left in the AFC playoff picture, the Jets are the only team to have beaten the Patriots during the regular season. They won in rather convincing fashion, 28-14.
In their second meeting, the Patriots flat-out embarrassed the Jets 45-3.
New York will come better prepared this week and the game will be closer than both of their meetings during the regular season, but I expect the end result to be the same.
Odds of making the big game: 12 to 1
6. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore entered the playoffs as arguably the most dangerous Wild Card team in the AFC.
This weekend they'll be pitted against the Steelers in the rubber match. The two teams split the regular season series at one win apiece and each victory came by a three-point margin.
Expect another close defensive battle between these two physical, hard-hitting teams.
Odds of making the big game: 9 to 1
5. Chicago Bears
With a first-round bye, the Chicago Bears will be well rested in the divisional round against the Seattle Seahawks.
However, they can't afford to take the Seahawks lightly. Especially in light of their thrilling upset victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Chicago lost to Seattle once already this season and it could very well happen again. I wouldn't bet on it, but it's still a very real possibility.
If the Bears advance to the NFC Championship Game, I would put them as underdogs against the winner of the Falcons-Packers game. But the Bears have surprised us on many occasions this season and they may still have something left.
Odds of making the big game: 7 to 1
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh will be looking to finish off Baltimore and claim the trilogy between these two hated division rivals.
While the Steelers lost their first matchup against the Ravens, their quarterback—Ben Roethlisberger—was suspended for the game. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a victory in their second matchup.
Even if Pittsburgh manages to top Baltimore, they still have to face the winner between the Patriots and Jets. Pittsburgh lost to both of those teams in the regular season and they'll have their work cut out for them if they advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Odds of making the big game: 6 to 1
3. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay is the last team that anyone in the NFC wants to see. They are one of the most complete teams in the NFL and they pose matchup problems for whoever they face.
The Packers knocked off the explosive Eagles last weekend and they are the biggest threat to the Atlanta Falcons.
If Green Bay beats Atlanta, they'll head into the NFC Championship Game as favorites against whoever advances between the Bears and Seahawks.
Odds of making the big game: 5 to 1
2. Atlanta Falcons
Aside from a close loss to the New Orleans Saints—who were just ousted from the playoffs—the Atlanta Falcons have dominated at home and they'll hold a clear advantage this weekend.
Atlanta took care of Green Bay during the regular season on a last-second field goal by Matt Bryant. This weekend's game should be just as exciting.
Should they advance, they would hold a distinctive advantage over their opponent in the NFC Championship Game.
The Falcons were the favorites from the NFC heading into the postseason and they continue to remain the favorites.
Odds of making the big game: 4 to 1
1. New England Patriots
Yes, New England did lose to the Jets earlier this season by 14 points.
However, the Patriots were a different team over the second half of the season—as evidenced by their 42-point rout of the Jets in their second meeting—and they dominated the competition on their way to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
New England beat the two other AFC teams left in the playoffs during the regular season. While it was a close game, the Patriots managed to beat the Ravens in overtime in Week 6. They took care of the Steelers in Week 10 by a 13-point margin of victory.
The Patriots have been unbeatable at home this season and it would surprise no one if it remained that way until they got to Dallas.
Odds of making the big game: 2 to 1