December 12, 2016
Super Bowl 51 Odds & NFL Playoff Picture Week 15: Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs Move To No. 2 Seeds; Why The NY Giants, Steelers & Packers Are Worth The Risk

The NFL playoff standings have changed once again after Sunday's action, and the surging Detroit Lions are starting to get noticed on the national level.

Pro Football Talk indicates that the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions are on some kind of roll. While they looked a bit off their game Sunday afternoon vs. the struggling Chicago Bears, they did manage to hold on in the end for a 20-17 win. The victory is the fifth in a row and eighth in the last nine for the Leo's, who are in an unfamiliar position this late in the season – in first place that is.

Not only are the Lions in first place in the North, they have now leapfrogged the Seattle Seahawks for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Detroit now has a two game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers with three games remaining on the schedule as they attempt to close in on winning a division title for the first time in 23 years.

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Detroit Lions fans have had a lot to cheer about so far in 2016. [Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]

The Lions entered the season at 50/1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl. Currently listed at 25/1, Detroit is still nice odds for the wagering public.

Other teams that are worth a second look to win Super Bowl 51 are the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

While the Steelers are officially in the playoffs, a Baltimore win against New England would put the Ravens back in, and Pittsburgh out, in the latest standings. Pittsburgh is peaking at the right time and at 12/1, they are worth the Super Bowl prop bet wager.

The Steelers have the Browns and Bengals on the schedule in upcoming weeks, games that they should win, but it may be the battle vs. the Ravens on Christmas Day that could decide the AFC North division title.

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Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are peaking at the right time.[Image by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images]

On to the Packers.

While they are on the outside looking in at the moment, Green Bay is worth taking a chance on. Fresh off of a huge win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Pack look like they are starting to click. They have a favorable schedule from here on out, and if they do happen to make it to the postseason, you won't be able to get them at better odds than they are at now – a whopping 30/1.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs are the Rodney Dangerfield of the playoff standings.

This team quietly is having an incredibly great season, but they really do get no respect. Andy Reid has the Chiefs in a great position heading into Week 15, and if the Patriots lose to Baltimore on Monday night, Kansas City would be in a tie for the top seed in the AFC.

The Chiefs odds to win Super Bowl 51 are currently 12/1.

Finally how about the New York Giants?

At 35/1, the question is how can you not consider the G-Men to win it all? The Cowboys are the favorites to win the NFC Conference at 3/2, and are the second overall favorites to win Super Bowl 51 at 7/2, yet the Giants beat them both times they played this season.

With the offensive fire power the Giants have, when they get clicking, these guys can cause a lot of headaches for their opponents this postseason.

The Patriots are still the Las Vegas favorites to win it all at 16/5. The Cowboys have leapfrogged the Seahawks for the number two team at 7/2. The rest of the top ten favorites now look this way. The Chiefs, Raiders and Steelers all share the No. 3 spot at 12/1, followed by the Falcons, Broncos and Lions at 25/1. The Ravens round out the top 10 Super Bowl favorites heading into Week 15 at 30/1.

Below is a look at the up to date NFL playoff standings and first round matchups if the season ended today. You can check out the current Super Bowl 51 odds for each team by clicking here.

AFC Conference

  1. New England
  2. Kansas City
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. Houston
  5. Oakland
  6. Denver
Wild Card Round
  • Denver at Pittsburgh
  • Oakland at Houston
NFC Conference
  1. Dallas
  2. Detroit
  3. Seattle
  4. Atlanta
  5. NY Giants
  6. Tampa Bay
Wild Card Round:
  • Tampa Bay at Seattle
  • NY Giants at Atlanta
[Featured Image by Al Bello/Getty Images]