Feb 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the winning team press conference the day after Super Bowl XLVIII at Sheraton New York Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens Vegas Playoff Odds Updated, Plus Some Surprises

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The latest Vegas odds are in for each NFL team in regards to the likelihood that they will make the playoffs.  Aside from the Ravens Vegas playoff odds, we’ve seen a lot of movement in just a few weeks since we last updated them.  The Broncos currently lead the pack at 1/5, but the Patriots have surpassed the reigning champion Seahawks to take the second spot.  Surprisingly, the Saints have dropped down to number seven on the list despite being a common Super Bowl favorite lately.

The Ravens come in at number 11 on the list with 3/2 odds, a pretty nice spot considering they are 40/1 long shots to win the Super Bowl.  For some reason, the Bengals and Steelers continue to rank ahead of them, however.  The Steelers come in at number 10 with 11/10 odds, and the Bengals are number 9 with 11/10 odds as well.  Our “unbiased” opinion disagrees wholeheartedly.

Just for fun, we are going to point out some of the more interesting teams among these odds.

Most Surprising: New York Giants (50-1)

The Giants were awful last year and there is no kinder way to say it. They struggled in the passing game with Cruz being the only reliable receiver and the defense was underwhelming compared to the usual pass rushing beats we were accustomed to seeing. Somehow, they are ranked higher than the Chiefs, Cardinals, Rams, and Panthers! For a team that lost Justin Tuck and cannot get their first round pick on the field due to injury, this is an unbelievable spot to have them in. The Chiefs were a playoff team and the Cardinals and Rams have talent to make a push themselves. This spot completely shocks me.

Most Understanding Spot: Jacksonville Jaguars (250/1)

I feel bad for the Florida team that never seems to be competitive. No one should be questioning their bid for last place considering that they have question marks at just about every position. Not much to say here; still rebuilding.

Team That Should Feel Most Disrespected: Carolina Panthers (68/1)

I know that the Panthers completely revamped their receiving core besides Greg Olsen, but how in the world can they be given a lower chance to win the big game than the Texans? The defense alone can win games, and they kept most of their players on that side of the ball. Olsen is a stud at TE, but if they can get decent production from first rounder Kelvin Benjamin, they can get by on offense with Newton and DeAngelo Williams running the ball. Look for the Panthers to be in the playoffs again this season.

 

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