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Updated Super Bowl 53 Odds: Chiefs Get Big Boost Thanks to Chargers Loss

Dec 24, 2018 2:18 PM EST
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Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17).

  • The AFC West race has impacted Super Bowl 53 odds in a huge way as the Chargers' (+1800) loss allows Kansas City (+400) to coast into the 1-seed with a win over Oakland.
  • The Ravens (+2000) can hold onto their division with a win vs. Cleveland and all but eliminate the Steelers (+5000) from the playoffs.
  • The Texans' (+2500) loss to Philly provides the Patriots (+600) with a great shot at a bye week.

What a wild month of NFL action. Each week has had plenty of surprises in store and Super Bowl 53 odds have been bouncing around to no end.

Even Week 17 has the potential to be crazy, with several teams still vying for playoff spots, bye weeks and division titles.

Here’s how the Super Bowl odds have changed. Get ready for some more big changes next week, too.

All odds via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Dec. 24 at 9 a.m. ET. Click on the date to sort.

Risers

Kansas City Chiefs: +600 to +400 (+5.7% Implied Probability)

I don’t think I’ve seen this happen this season. The biggest winner of the week lost!

Imagine what would’ve happened if they won.

Obviously, the Chiefs were helped out mightily by the Chargers’ loss, which means Kansas City has to just beat Oakland at home next week to lock up home-field advantage.

I bet anyone who bet on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl is a little concerned about that defense, though …

New England Patriots: +800 to +600 (+3.2% IP)

A very ho-hum uneventful win in New England was supplemented by a Houston loss, which should mean a bye week for the Pats. New England doesn’t play on wild card weekend, that’s just the way it is.

Something that doesn’t bode well for the Pats is the fact that they’ll be Josh Gordon-less for an undisclosed amount of time. It doesn’t sound like they’re expecting him back any time this year or potentially ever, so Tom Brady will have to make do with the tools he’s got.

Baltimore Ravens: +4000 to +2000 (+2.0% IP)

Oohh baby. The perfect storm for Baltimore has it in the driver’s seat for the AFC North title. A win vs. the Browns next week and the division is the Ravens’.

The Ravens have a terrific defense and a young, mobile QB who has proven he’s here to stay. With the AFC wide open, Baltimore is definitely capable of making a run.


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Fallers

Los Angeles Chargers: +700 to +1800 (-7.2% IP)

The Chargers are a damn good team, but they’ll be screwed by the way the standings work. They could end up with the second best record in the AFC, but will likely have the 5-seed and have to play three road games if they want to reach the Super Bowl.

A tough task even for Philip Rivers, if I do say so myself.

Pittsburgh Steelers: +1400 to +5000 (-4.7% IP)

The Steelers’ season has been all over the place. After a rough start that included loads of superstar drama, they went on a bit of a tear and looked like they had complete control of their division. Then, Lamar Jackson happened and the Ravens turned up the pressure.

Pittsburgh got the clutch win vs. the Pats, but fell just short in New Orleans thanks to a late fumble by fantasy boy JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Now, they need to pray for a Baltimore loss. There’s nothing they can do. Well, actually, they can also pray that the Colts and Titans tie in the final game of the regular season. Hey, it could happen.

Houston Texans: +1400 to +2500 (-2.9% IP)

The Texans need to beat the Jags to lock up their division, but could have had a bye if their comeback vs. Philly held up.

Houston has a solid team, but will probably be around a 7-point dog if it has to play Kansas City or New England on the road in the playoffs. That home-field advantage would have done a team like the Texans some real good.

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