The season is fast approaching the halfway mark; and with Week 7 just around the corner, some changes have emerged in the Super Bowl lines and odds. Specific teams are slowly cementing their positions as true contenders while a few favorites have begun to struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys smacked the Green Bay packers around in Lambeau Field, which isn’t something most teams can do. Dak Prescott is the quarterback that everyone is talking about.
Coming in as Tony Romo’s replacement, Prescott has proven his naysayers wrong, helping the team achieve their 5-1 start. Of course, that introduces a whole new problem for the Cowboys who must decide whether or not to go back to Romo when he recovers and makes his return.
They would have a good reason for choosing to stick with Dak, a rookie that is exceeding all expectations. The Cowboys have made notable gains in the Super bowl betting odds. And they are not the only team whose great start is making waves. You also have the Vikings and the Falcons have taken the NFL by storm.
No one thought Minnesota would go so far, not without All-Pro Running Back Adrian Peterson or even Teddy Bridgewater. Yet, the Vikings are going into Week 7 without having tasted defeat. Their 5-0 record puts them at the head of the NFC North, having only given up 62points so far.
As things stand, there are very few teams out there capable of truly contending with the Vikings. Someone really needs to step up and slow down the Vikings defense; sure, it is still a little early in the season for anyone to make any final predictions.
However, if the Vikings continue down their present path, they could very well become the team to beat in the NFC. Some of the success the Vikings have seen can be directly imputed to the presence of quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bradford came into the Vikings late, and it wasn’t that hard to understand why so many people were skeptical about his appearance. Being a late acquisition, Bradford had to learn the Vikings playbook on the fly, so naturally, some fans were a little nervous about his ability to perform.
Bradford was traded from the Eagles as recently as September 3rd, and he was thrown into his first game for the Vikings by the 11th of that same month. To get Bradford, the Vikings had to give the Eagles their first round pick (2017) and fourth round pick (2018), a trade that many thought dubious. Though, it is easy to see why the Vikings would make such hasty moves; their offense was very slow at the time.
Based on Bradford’s performance so far, the Vikings trade, when analyzed at the end of the season, might prove to be biggest the 2016 season has seen. Minnesota’s odds are quite high (8 to 1), having spiked since the preseason. They look as good as the 2015 Panthers team.
Atlanta, on the other hand, has one of the best offenses in the NFL. With a 3-1 record on the road, the Falcons have only lost to Seattle so far; their 80 to 1 long shot odds of winning have since climbed to 20 to 1.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Giants, and the Carolina Panthers have seen all their odds of winning the Super Bowl take a serious dive.
Author: Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.