The LA Rams came into 2018 as one of the favorites in the NFL, and they've asserted themselves so far through two weeks. After a shaky first half, the Rams defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-13 in Week 1 before dominating the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, 34-0.
They've looked like the best team in the league and the oddsmakers have adjusted that accordingly.
Week 3 Odds to Win #NFL Super Bowl LIII via @FDSportsbook#Rams +750#Patriots +750#Packers +1000#Vikings +1000#Jaguars +1100#Eagles +1400#Chiefs +1600#Steelers +1600#Saints +1700#Falcons +1800#Chargers +2000#Panthers +3600#Texans +3600#49ers +3600#Ravens +4500— TheDuel (@TheDuelSports) September 17, 2018
It really speaks to the dominance of the New England Patriots over the past 15 years that even after their loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the Pats are still joint favorites to win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Rams sit atop the odds along with the Patriots at +750.
The AFC-NFC split is also fairly even here, with eight NFC teams and seven AFC teams sitting in the top half of the league in odds. This is significant because the NFC is usually a lot more wide open than the AFC, but it's even so far through two games in 2018.
Through two weeks:— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 18, 2018
Top 5 defenses:
Yards per play allowed:
1. Baltimore - 4.0
2. Dallas - 4.3
3. Washinjton - 4.5
4. NY Jets - 4.8
5. LA Rams - 5.0
Bottom 5 defenses:
28. Tennessee - 6.5
29. Seattle - 6.5
30. Tampa - 6.6
31. KC - 6.9
32. New Orleans - 7.0
Still, the favorite right now is the Los Angeles Rams, and from what we've seen so far this year it's well deserved.
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