After an NFL week in which the NFC lost its best player (Carson Wentz) and elite teams such as the Vikings, Rams and Saints all lost, Super Bowl odds have shifted.
The biggest surprise? The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are virtually assured a playoff spot, beat the Seahawks and now are 14-1 to win the Super Bowl. Last week, the Jags were 33-1. They started the season 100-1 after last year’s 3-13 season.
Jacksonville’s odds are actually better right now than the Seahawks and Chargers (18-1), as both could miss the playoffs. They’re also better than the Panthers (20-1), Chiefs (30-1) and much better than the Packers (40-1) and Cowboys (80-1). Yes, some of that has to do with several of those teams being far from locks to make the postseason.
But Las Vegas appears to be conceding: The Jaguars right now are the 3rd best team in the AFC. They’ve got the best pair of cornerbacks in the NFL, two players in the Top 10 in the NFL for sacks; are #1 in rushing yards per game thanks to rookie Leonard Fournette, and now, apparently, they have a capable Blake Bortles.