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Week 6 felt like a big one.
Some teams solidified their Super Bowl intentions with impressive victories, others took a step in the wrong direction, while it was status quo from the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.
Here are the updated Super Bowl odds after six weeks, with a look at a few of the biggest movers:
|TEAM||ODDS (10/14)||ODDS (10/7)|
|New England Patriots||7-4||9-5|
|New Orleans Saints||7-1||8-1|
|San Francisco 49ers||10-1||20-1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10-1||6-1|
|Green Bay Packers||16-1||14-1|
|Los Angeles Rams||30-1||20-1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||50-1||40-1|
Previous odds: 20-1
That's how you make a statement. The 49ers traveled to Los Angeles on a short week and put a hurting on their division rivals to remain on top of the NFC West. It's one thing to beat the Rams, but the 49ers pitched a shutout over the final 54 minutes, outscoring them 20-0. They haven't allowed a second-half point since Sept. 22.
It's time we start taking them seriously. Kyle Shanahan's offense ranks fourth in yards per game with a defense that's second in yards allowed. They block well, run well, cover well, and get after the quarterback with ferocity. The only question is whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo can get them across the finish line, but early returns suggest he certainly can.
Previous odds: 6-1
The Chiefs lost their second consecutive game in Week 6 - the first time they have dropped back-to-back games at Arrowhead since October 2015. For the first time in the Patrick Mahomes era, they look human, as the gulf between them and New England grows.
In winning at Arrowhead, the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans mastered the blueprint to beat the Chiefs. Their time of possession of 20:12 in the loss to the Texans was the Chiefs' lowest ever for a home game, while the 22:45 they managed against the Colts wasn't much better. If they lose to Denver at Mile High on Thursday night, it might be time to panic.
Previous odds: 40-1
Beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead was impressive, but what Texans fans need to be even more excited about is how well their offensive line has been protecting Deshaun Watson. PFF grades them as the seventh-best pass-blocking unit in the NFL. Watson is a special quarterback and the sky is the limit if they can keep him upright in the pocket.
Houston is also running the ball successfully for the first time in years. Written off after being traded to his fourth team in two seasons, Carlos Hyde has proven the doubters wrong. He's 10th in the league in rushing yards, averaging 4.3 per carry - his highest mark since 2016. This team can beat you in a lot of ways, and that's got to be concerning for the rest of the AFC. The Texans host the Patriots on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 1 in what could be an AFC championship preview.
Previous odds: 16-1
It was rather sunny in Philadelphia after the Eagles beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau and hammered the New York Jets in successive weeks, but Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings exposed their flaws in Week 6 as the clouds moved in. The Eagles' secondary was picked to pieces, their pass rush was nonexistent, and their running game disappeared. Carson Wentz is an excellent quarterback, but he can only carry this team so far.
But could this be a good time to buy the Eagles? They finished 5-1 last season after starting 3-3, sneaking into the playoffs before losing to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. The NFC East remains wide-open and perfectly winnable.
Previous odds: 16-1
The reason the division remains wide-open is because the Cowboys lost their third game in a row to join the Eagles at 3-3. It turns out losing to the Jets doesn't help your reputation around the league, or in Vegas. Go figure. Your head coach getting snubbed by his players doesn't help matters, either.
It's a bit early to describe anything as a must-win, but given the difficulty of the NFC, it certainly feels as though the ceiling might cave in on the Cowboys should they lose at home to the Eagles in Week 7. Moving to 3-4 with trips to Detroit, New England, Chicago, and Philadelphia still to come would be disastrous.
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.