With the news that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would miss between 4-6 weeks due to a knee injury, the Super Bowl LIV futures odds were shaken up Thursday night.
Kansas City, which was among the favorites to win the Big Game coming out of the AFC, has fallen down the board, sitting around 10/1 odds at most sportsbooks – knowing that Mahomes will return for the stretch run of the schedule.
However, that move does open it up for some other teams to make a run at the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at latest top sportsbooks Super Bowl LIV futures and a few teams that might be worth a wager as we near the midway mark of the season.
Seattle Seahawks 18/1
Seattle enters Week 7 on a tear, winning three in a row heading into a home matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks have been powered by the play of quarterback Russell Wilson, who has boosted his MVP stock in recent outings – completing almost 74% of his passes with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in those victories.
The NFC West is very competitive, with the San Francisco 49ers jumping out to a hot start and the L.A. Rams still the reigning NFC champs, but the Seahawks seem to be in step with those rivals and could find their way back to the Big Game, especially if they can improve on the defensive side of the ball.
Dallas Cowboys 22/1
It may not seem like it now, but Dallas does have Super Bowl potential – despite what a three-game losing skid would tell you. When healthy, the Cowboys have one of the most dynamic offensive attacks in the NFL, with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper hooking up in the passing game and Ezekiel Elliott smashing his way forward in the rushing game.
Defensively, Dallas does have some playmakers – most notably at the linebacker position. However, this secondary has given up too many big plays and poor tackling has led to sub-par efforts in recent weeks – like a stunning road loss to the New York Jets in Week 6. However, the NFC East seems to be a toss up between Big D and the Philadelphia Eagles. Should Dallas make the postseason cut, and stay healthy, it could be a dangerous team.
Minnesota Vikings 18/1
If the Vikings we saw in Week 6 show up each Sunday, the rest of the NFL is in trouble. Minnesota mowed down the Eagles in a 38-20 victory which showcased the passing game, the rushing attack, and the defense. Kirk Cousins was roasted for his dead-fish efforts in the opening weeks of the season – even by his own teammates – but showed he’s still among the league’s elite QBs.
The Vikings are also in a tight division, with the Packers, Bears and even Lions showing flashes of quality. But, while all those NFC North rivals have shown glaring weakness through the opening half of the schedule, Minnesota seems to be the most well-rounded squad in the group – perhaps in the entire NFC.