Parity in the National Football League is alive and well. The salary cap, free agency and limited rosters keep the cliché “on any given Sunday” a reality. There isn’t a single NFL team that is a lock on Sunday afternoons. Nor on Thursday or Monday nights. Injuries prevent good teams from being consistent making the lesser squads appear better than they actually are. The NFL Futures continue to be volatile and the dynamics of the league complicate the formula’s of the sharp players when determining value of the charts from week-to-week. Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: Pats still SB52 chalk.
An any given weekend of professional football a team can appear to be finding their form. The next week the club can look like lost sheep without a shepherd. The truth is that this form of consistent inconsistency is exactly what the company that owns Sunday’s aims to market. The highs and the lows for most NFL fan bases is what keeps them coming back week-after-week and season-after-season. Without the ups-and-the-downs there is no true appreciation of what success and failure actually are.
The Los Angeles Rams have been the most pleasant surprise in 2017. There is a deep-seeded yearning desire for relevant football in LA. The Rams are 5-2 and rest atop the NFC West standings. Quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for over 1700 yards with nine touchdowns against four interceptions. Running back Todd Gurley is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with five scores on the year. And the team sits in first place despite the fact that wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been targeted only 29 times through the first seven games. When LA defeated the Cowboys in Week #4 Watkins wasn’t targeted a single time in the first 50 minutes of the contest. This against a soft Dallas secondary. This is how balanced the Rams offense is and just how much Goff has grown in his second season. The Rams signal-caller is committed to taking what the defense gives him.
It isn’t an exaggeration to call the Atlanta Falcons the most disappointing franchise in 2017. When graded on the public perception scale, at least. After all who really expected the Matt Ryan offense to rinse and repeat their 2016-17 performance without offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan calling plays. The Falcons’ 2016 offense led the league in scoring with 33.8 points per game and averaged an NFL-best 6.7 yards per play. Ryan averaged a ridiculous 9.3 yards per pass attempt a year ago. When OC Shanahan left to lead the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason and was replaced by former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian a drop-off in production should have been a given.
The Rams opened at 100-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl 52. They enter Week #8 on the Las Vegas SuperBook futures chart at a current 18-to-1. The Falcons have surprisingly held serve with their preseason odds of 16-to-1. Despite Atlanta’s struggles and their current three-game losing streak they are now 14-to-1 to earn the title of Super Bowl champs in February.
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Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: Pats still SB52 chalk