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Vikings, Jaguars Among Super Bowl Odds Movers

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The Minnesota Vikings continued to demonstrate their dominance on home turf in their season opener against San Francisco, extending their current home winning streak to seven games with a decisive 24-16 win over the 49ers as 6-point favorites. The victory has also lifted the Vikings near the top of the Super Bowl LIII odds, where they now trail only the New England Patriots as a +800 wager.

The Vikings enter the 2018 NFL season amid high expectations after storming to the top of the NFC North standings last season with a 13-3 record, marking their best regular season performance since 1998.

Minnesota eventually fell short in its bid to claim its first-ever Super Bowl victory, bowing out in the NFC Championship Game with a stunning 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point road favorites. However, the Vikings took additional steps to improve their roster during the offseason, most notably with the signing of free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. The team also improved defensively by signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and landing cornerback Mike Hughes with the 30th overall pick.

In addition to closing out the preseason as a solid +1100 wager on the odds to win Super Bowl LIII, Minnesota also opened their campaign as narrow +125 favorites to repeat as NFC North champions.

The Vikings can expect a tougher test in Week 2, when they travel to Green Bay to face the rival Packers as 1.5-point underdogs. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing substantial time to injury last season, the Packers took a step back, finishing with a 7-9 record and out of playoff contention.

The importance of Rodgers to Green Bay’s success was abundantly clear in Week 1. After leaving the game briefly, the 34-year-old returned to guide the Packers to a stunning 24-23 comeback victory over Chicago as 7-point home chalk. But despite Rodgers’ heroics, Green Bay has made only a modest gain on the Super Bowl odds, to +1000.

 

Jacksonville Climbs on Super Bowl LIII Odds

The Jacksonville Jaguars have also been big climbers on the Super Bowl betting odds this week, vaulting from +1800 to +1200 after disposing of the New York Giants with a 20-15 win as 3-point road chalk.

The Jaguars ended a dismal nine-year playoff drought in 2017 by winning 10 games and claiming their first division title since 1999 before falling 24-20 to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game as 3-point chalk. Jacksonville also opened the season as slim +175 favorites to repeat as AFC South champions, but with Houston’s 27-20 loss to New England in Week 1, the Jaguars now enjoy breathing room as +100 chalk on the divisional futures.

The Baltimore Ravens have also made a massive leap on the NFL futures, rocketing from +4500 to +2800 on the odds to win Super Bowl following a crushing 47-3 rout of the Buffalo Bills as 7.5-point home favorites. The Bears are also on the move, climbing from +6600 to +3300 despite their loss to the Packers.

Conversely, the Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons have all dipped from +2000 to +2500 following lacklustre losses in Week 1. The Patriots continue to lead the way as +600 favorites, while the Los Angeles Rams hold steady alongside the Vikings at +800, just ahead of the Eagles at +900.

 

*Odds as of September 12, 2018

 

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