NFL’s Second Season Begins!

In a year of Cinderella teams making noise and injuries to some of the top names in the sports, who will survive the NFL Playoffs to raise the Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis on the first Sunday in February? Look at the playoff field. Only 4 teams from last year’s playoffs made the field this year. You have AFC teams like Buffalo, Jacksonville & Tennessee that have not been in the playoffs for a decade or more. All 4 division winners in the NFC didn’t make the playoffs last year including the Top 2 seeds, Minnesota and Philadelphia. Injuries to players like the Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers, Houston’s DE J.J. Watt, NY Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr, & Seattle’s DB Richard Sherman and S Cam Chancellor have their teams watching the playoffs this year. Then there are late injuries to players like Pittsburgh’s WR Antonio Brown and Philadelphia’s QB Carson Wentz that could change the way their team plays in January. So lets take a look at what Vegas thinks.

Here are the Odds to win each of the Conferences along with the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots -128
Pittsburgh Steelers +280
Jacksonville Jaguars +900
Kansas City Chiefs +900
Tennessee Titans +4500
Buffalo Bills +5000

Minnesota Vikings +167
New Orleans Saints +415
Los Angeles Rams +470
Philadelphia Eagles +500
Atlanta Falcons +900
Carolina Panthers +1150

New England Patriots +220
Minnesota Vikings +425
Pittsburgh Steelers +575
New Orleans Saints +950
Los Angeles Rams +1150
Philadelphia Eagles +1250
Jacksonville Jaguars +1750
Kansas City Chiefs +1750
Atlanta Falcons +2000
Carolina Panthers +3000
Tennessee Titans +10000
Buffalo Bills +11500

Looking at the odds and it is definitely a Tale of Two Conferences. The AFC has their 2 BIG DOGS in the Patriots and Steelers. They talk like it is a done deal that these two teams will meet up in the AFC Championship game to decide who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Now I do agree that they are both two very good teams but don’t be too quick to dismiss the Jaguars and the Chiefs. Jacksonville has one of the best defenses in football, along with a solid running game. The Chiefs spent the first half of the year as the team to beat in the AFC before they had a little hiccup. If they can be back to their early form, they could be dangerous. Then you have the Titans and Bills, two teams that haven’t been in the playoffs forever. They don’t know that they are supposed to lose.

So then we have the NFC. Before three weeks ago, everyone was all over Philadelphia, for a good reason. Then came the injury to young Star QB Carson Wentz. Since then Nick Folk has taken over and the Eagles offense has sputtered, scoring just 19 points in his two starts against 20th Scoring Defense (Oakland) and 13th Scoring Defense (Dallas). So Minnesota has jumped up as the NFC favorite. A great D but their is still the Case Keenam question. When he took over as the start Viking QB he was looked at as a 3rd stringer behind injured Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford. Next up is the up an coming LA Rams. The Rams have looked like real contenders all season. That leaves us with the 3 teams from the NFC South (New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina. All 3 have great QBs who have all played in a Super Bowl. They have plenty of other good players around them and they all could get hot in January that could take them all the way back to the Super Bowl.

So who do you like? Are there any of the favorites that you don’t believe in and why? Are their Cinderella teams that could go from the Wildcard Weekend to Super Bowl Champs? We would love to hear what you have to say. Don’t forget to get all of our RED HOT Razor Sharp NFL Playoff action, along with the CFB Championship Winner, NBA, College Hoops and NHL at Get the Razor’s Edge and Good Luck!!

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