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As we near the halfway point of the NFL season, the true contenders have finally managed to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team left. Tom Brady and the Patriots are still the Patriots. The Chiefs have an unstoppable offense with MVP-candidate Pat Mahomes and the Saints have looked great after losing in Week 1.


So with those four teams clearly in the lead, how have the oddsmakers decided to rate those teams and the other potential contenders heading into Week 8?

The Rams (+300) and Patriots (+380) deservedly sit on top. It'd be hard to argue that the Rams aren't the favorites to win the Super Bowl at the moment, given the fact that they're undefeated and don't look like they're going to lose any time soon (knock on wood). But it is surprising how close on their tail the Patriots are. Many left the Pats for dead early in the year after they lost to the Lions in Week 3, but now they've won four straight including a thriller over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6.


The Chiefs at +600 also makes sense as they could have possibly been the favorite in the AFC through seven games, but the loss to the Patriots pushes them back out of the top two. The Saints round out the top four at +850 after a miraculous victory in Baltimore on Sunday.

The Vikings (+1200), Chargers (+1800) and Ravens (+2000) fill out the second tier of contenders as the Vikings have been able to right the ship after an early-season loss to Buffalo. In the AFC, the Chargers have quietly climbed to 5-2 and sit just a game back of the Chiefs in the AFC West, while the Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league and are two missed kicks away from being 6-1.

Then there's a third tier, of sorts, chock full of teams that would fall on a listed called potential playoff teams. The Panthers, Texans and Steelers are all at +2600, the Packers and Eagles at +2900, and the Bears, Bengals and Redskins at +3600. All eight of these teams have looked good at different times this season, but haven't been consistent enough to be considered a top team just yet.

For now, it looks like the Rams are a lock for the Super Bowl, but the AFC may very well come down a rematch between Mahomes' Chiefs and Brady's Patriots.


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