Super Bowl Power Rankings – Week 18 – PlayUSA

Written By Chris Feery on September 29, 2021 - Last Updated on June 7, 2022
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Just one week remains in the NFL regular season. While some clear favorites have emerged in the Super Bowl chase, the reality is that the quest for the Lombardi Trophy remains wide open. Below you’ll find a status report for all of the league’s teams along with their current odds to win the Big Game.

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Current 2022 Super Bowl Favorites

The latest Super Bowl futures odds board has three clear favorites on top, but the teams that are right behind them will have a lot to say about how the postseason shakes out. In short, the playoffs could be just as wild as the regular season has been.

Green Bay Packers ()

The Packers clinched the NFC North after escaping Baltimore with a close win over the Ravens. The focus is locked on securing the top seed in the playoffs. The journey begins with a Christmas Day game against the Browns.

Kansas City Chiefs ()

A seven-game winning streak has made the challenging start to the season a distant memory for the Chiefs. If the strong play continues, the AFC Playoffs could once again go through Kansas City. They’ll welcome the Steelers to town on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers ()

The Saints sure seem to have the Bucs’ number. Sunday night’s shutout loss was one of the more shocking outcomes for a season that has been filled with surprises. The injury bug bit hard during the game to boot, but three winnable games to close out the year could cure that.

Los Angeles Rams ()

The Rams picked up a 10-point win over the Seahawks on Tuesday to pull into a tie for the NFC West lead. The team has now ripped off three wins in a row following a three-game skid. Los Angeles hits the road to face the Vikings on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills ()

The Bills snapped a two-game skid with a convincing home win over the Panthers. The club will now travel to New England for a pivotal road game with the Patriots that likely decides the AFC East. The final three weeks will be awfully interesting in Buffalo.

New England Patriots ()

Heading into Saturday night’s game with the Colts, the Patriots were starting to look unstoppable. Indianapolis served up some comeuppance with a convincing win. New England will look to bounce back when they welcome the Bills for a pivotal battle.

Dallas Cowboys ()

The Cowboys clobbered the Giants on Sunday to push the winning streak to three games. The Dallas defense has been the strength of late while the offense has been a bit off-kilter. A home date with Washington for Sunday Night Football is up next.

Arizona Cardinals ()

Did the Cardinals peak too soon? After two straight losses, that question is starting to have some wings. Sunday’s defeat at the Lions as double-digit favorites was one of the bigger surprises of the season. Arizona will be home to welcome the Colts on Christmas Day.

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2022 NFL Playoff Contenders

Could we see a very unexpected winner of the Super Bowl this time around? Based on all of the head-scratching results we’ve seen throughout the season, it’s clear that anything is possible. The wide open playoff chase could translate into even more surprises in the postseason.

Tennessee Titans ()

A close road loss to the Steelers isn’t something to get overly concerned about. However, three losses in the last four while in the hunt for the AFC’s top seed is. Tennessee will look to get back on track when the 49ers come to town for Thursday Night Football.

Los Angeles Chargers ()

A home loss to the Chiefs likely put an end to the Chargers dreams of an AFC West crown, but a wild card spot remains in reach. Los Angeles travels to Houston to take on the Texans on Sunday, followed by the final two against the Broncos and Raiders.

San Francisco 49ers ()

It’s now two wins in a row and five of the last six for a 49ers team that’s heating up. The team is in a solid position for a wild card berth, but the race isn’t over. San Francisco gets back in action on Thursday Night Football against the Titans.

Cincinnati Bengals ()

The Bengals picked up a close win over the Broncos to keep its AFC North title hopes alive. Cincinnati has a very daunting final three-game stretch to navigate, but they have a massive chance to make a statement with Sunday’s visit from the Ravens.

Philadelphia Eagles ()

The Eagles pulled the record to 7-7 with a win over Washington, keeping the playoff hopes alive in the process. As the team chases one of the final NFC wild card spots down the stretch, they have three straight games with division rivals.

Minnesota Vikings ()

The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive with a road win over the Bears. Now 7-7, the club gets two of its final three at home. Next up is a visit from the Rams, followed by a road trip to take on the NFC North rival Packers in Week 17.

New Orleans Saints ()

The Saints came back to life at the expense of the Jets to snap a five-game skid. There’s a logjam of 6-7 teams in the NFC battling for the final spot or two, so there can be no going back on the momentum. A road date with the Buccaneers is up next.

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2022 NFL Playoff Wannabes

The clock really starts ticking for playoff hopefuls around Thanksgiving and continues getting louder with each passing week. The below clubs are still in the hunt, but they need to play their best football of the season while also getting some help to receive a dance invite.

Pittsburgh Steelers ()

The Steelers are still lingering in the AFC playoff picture after a 6-point home win over the Titans. They’ll be on the road for a big test at the Chiefs this week. Pittsburgh needs some help to get to the dance, but a strong defense keeps them in the hunt.

Las Vegas Raiders ()

A close win over the Browns brought the Raiders to .500 and kept them alive in the AFC playoff hunt. The club has tailed off after a strong start to the season, but they could still sneak into the playoffs. Las Vegas welcomes the Broncos to town on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins ()

The Dolphins may not make it to the playoffs, but the team’s turnaround has been one of the more impressive stories of late. The club has won six in a row to pull to an even .500 on the year. Miami hits the road to face the Saints on Monday Night Football.

Denver Broncos ()

The Broncos dropped a key conference battle at home while losing Teddy Bridgewater to injury. Denver closes out the season with three straight against AFC West foes, starting this week with a trek to Vegas to take on the Raiders.

Washington Football Team ()

A 10-point loss to the Eagles dropped the Football Team to 6-8 on the year and put a serious crimp in the playoff hopes. Winning out and having other developments go in their favor is now the hope in Washington. Next up is a road date with the Cowboys.

Atlanta Falcons ()

The Falcons have been trading wins and losses over the last four weeks. Sunday’s clobbering at the hands of the 49ers likely put the playoff hopes to rest. That said, we’ve seen plenty of strange instances over the course of the unpredictable 2021 season.

Seattle Seahawks ()

The Seahawks fell to the Rams on Tuesday to drop the record to 5-9. While not mathematically eliminated from contention, reality says differently. The club will look towards closing out the year on a high note, beginning with a home game versus the Bears.

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Teams Preparing For 2022 NFL Draft

Beyond having an eye towards the offseason, the below clubs can certainly play spoiler for the playoff hopefuls the rest of the way. More importantly, they can still use the final three weeks of the season as a foundation to build off of for 2022.

Carolina Panthers ()

A month ago, the Panthers were 5-5 and alive in the NFC playoff race. Four losses later, the team is flailing. Carolina closes out the season with a pair against the Buccaneers and a road date at the Saints, so it’s pretty tough to envision another win happening.

Chicago Bears ()

The Bears have dropped three straight and eight of their last nine. At 4-10, the winds of change appear set to howl in Chicago. The club will be at the Seahawks this week, followed by a home date with the Giants and a visit to the Vikings.

New York Giants ()

While injuries have certainly taken a toll on the Giants, the bottom-line report card for head coach Joe Judge is a record of 4-10 with three games left. The final weeks of the regular season will help to determine who stays and who goes.

New York Jets ()

For a half against the Dolphins, the Jets actually looked pretty good. The air came out of the balloon quickly for a second-half collapse. New York is riding a three-game losing streak as they get set to welcome the Jaguars to town on Sunday.

Houston Texans ()

On an overall basis, the Texans have been a disaster this season, but they gave Houston fans something to smile about with a road win over the rival Jaguars. Three straight games against playoff contenders suggest that’ll be the last victory celebration for a while.

Detroit Lions ()

The Lions engineered one of the biggest upsets of the season with a 30-12 home win over the Cardinals on Sunday. The record may not reflect it, but first-year head coach Dan Campbell has done an excellent job given what he has to work with.

Jacksonville Jaguars ()

The Urban Meyer experiment is over in Jacksonville. The team responded with a 14-point loss to the visiting Texans. The Jaguars now have the inside track on securing the first overall pick in the NFL Draft for the second consecutive year.

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