Super Bowl 51 Odds & NFL Playoff Picture Update Week 16: Redskins, Dolphins Claim No. 6 Seeds – Packers, Raiders Keep Surging
The NFL playoff standings have changed once again after Sunday’s Week 15 action as the race towards the post-season heats up. Week 15 was full of wild finishes and bizarre plays as the latest NFL results and playoff standings are updated.
In the NFC, the Detroit Lions lost their grasp on the No. 2 seed in the playoff bracket after falling to the NY Giants by the final score of 17-6.
According to a Freep.com report, Matt Stafford did the best he could against the Giants, but the lack of a running game and a key fumble by Zach Zenner inside the redzone set the tone early on. The Lions moved the ball well between the twenties, but it was one of those type of games for Detroit where they stalled out in the redzone.
Odell Beckham, Jr. shined once again for New York, making another one-hand touchdown catch and returning an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown that was taken off the board due to a penalty in the big win for the Giants.
Detroit’s loss compiled with the Seahawks win Thursday night over the LA Rams has put Seattle back in the No. 2 spot in the NFC, while the Lions are now the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoff race.
The win was the eighth in nine games for the New York Giants.
In other NFC action, the Green Bay Packers kept up their winning ways by capturing their fourth victory in a row, moving them within one game of the NFC North lead – but the win didn’t come easy. The Packers blew a 17-point lead to the Chicago Bears yesterday at Soldier Field, but held on in the end to get the 30-27 win, and keeping their playoff chances alive.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown vs. the Bears and was hurried many times during the game, but when they needed a big play the most, Rodgers delivered. Rodgers floated a perfect pass to Jordy Nelson for a 60-yard completion setting up Mason Crosby’s game winning 32-yard field goal.
Last but not least, cue the team fight song – Hail to the Redskins!
For the moment, Washington is the No. 6 seed, but they will hand that honor right back to Tampa Bay if they lose to Carolina tonight on Monday Night Football. Washington leaped over Tampa Bay following the Bucs loss to Dallas on Sunday night.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots held onto the No. 1 seed by taking down the Denver Broncos.
Denver had beaten the Patriots three of the last four meetings, but Tom Brady and the Pats wouldn’t be denied this time. The loss for Denver put a serious hit on their playoff chances. They are now currently tied for the No. 7 seed and are a game behind the Miami Dolphins for the final playoff spot in the AFC.
The hardest to fall in the AFC conference in Week 15 was the Kansas City Chiefs.
The No. 2 seed at the start of the day, the Chiefs blew multiple opportunities to beat the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon and as a result, fell from the No. 2 seed to No. 5. Now, like the Lions in the NFC, the Chiefs cannot afford another slip up or they may fall right out of the playoffs altogether.
The latest Super Bowl odds have seen the Patriots strengthen their lead as the favorites to win the big game at +225. The Cowboys are No. 2 at +500 (5/1) followed by the Seattle Seahawks at +650 (6.5/1).
The rest of the top 10 favorites to win Super Bowl 51 look this way: the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are both at +900, followed by a three way tie with the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers at +1600. The final two are the Detroit Lions and New York Giants at +2000.
Just two weeks ago the Packers were listed at +3300, which would have been a great price to get a team that was listed at +1200 when the season started. Green Bay is peaking at the right time and if they get into to the postseason they will be a team no one wants to face.
It just seems inevitable that the playoff schedule isn’t going to be decided until the last regular season game is completed!
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.
- New England
- Kansas City
Wild Card Round
Miami at Pittsburgh
Kansas City at Houston
- NY Giants
Wild Card Round:
Redskins at Atlanta
New York at Detroit
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