Packers & Eagles Push Cowboys & Rams Out of Top 5 Super Bowl Contenders After Week 5

Jerry Jones in the rain.
The Dallas Cowboys have lost two in a row after their impressive 3-0 start. Photo by Keith Allison (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License]
  • The Green Bay Packers handled the Dallas Cowboys 34-24 on Sunday.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have now won two in a row.
  • The Los Angeles Rams have lost two straight, allowing a total of 85 points in the process.

We’ve seen a changing of the guard in terms of the Super Bowl odds.

While the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are still at the top of the board, the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have shot up and pushed the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams down.

Taking a look at the top five teams, who is the best bet?

Odds to Win Super Bowl 54

Team Odds
New England Patriots +300
Kansas City Chiefs +700
New Orleans Saints +900
Green Bay Packers +1200
Philadelphia Eagles +1200
Los Angeles Rams +1600
Dallas Cowboys +2000
San Francisco 49ers +2000
Seattle Seahawks +2000
Houston Texans +2500

*Odds taken 10/7/2019. 

Cowboys Flop For Second Straight Week

After the first three weeks of the season, the Dallas Cowboys were a perfect 3-0 and all we had heard was how this team is a legit Super Bowl contender. Their offense had taken the next step, Dak Prescott is now elite and the defense was stellar. The issue is the teams they’ve beaten are a combined 2-12.

Playing against a couple of real teams the last couple of weeks, the Cowboys have come crashing down to Earth. They were muzzled by the Teddy Bridgewater-led New Orleans Saints last week and then clubbed by the Green Bay Packers this week.

Clearly, the Cowboys issues of old – the play-calling, game-managing, passing game – are all still problems. Even the defense looks like it’s taken a step back. With a tough schedule coming up, they’re hard to trust for Super Bowl futures.

Rams Falter in Back-To-Back Weeks

The Los Angeles Rams lost just three times all of last season; they’ve lost twice already. I’m less worried about them, though, as their second loss was a last-second defeat in Seattle – a tough place to play – and Greg Zuerlein uncharacteristically miss a 44-yard field goal.

They clearly have some issues as the defense has holes – they’ve allowed 85 points in the last two games – and Jared Goff looks like he’s regressed at quarterback. However, with Sean McVay as head coach and a proven history, I’m more inclined to trust this team.

Packers & Eagles Move Up, But Who’s the Better Bet?

The Packers and Eagles have shot up after quality wins this past week but I’m more inclined to trust the Eagles.

The Packers have some deficiencies with their rushing defense. They have one of the worst run defenses in the league and they gave up 122 rushing yards to Dallas in a game where the Cowboys played from behind all day. That’s eventually going to catch up with them.

The Eagles are the team I’m interested in because they’re at the top of their division now and they’re still just getting healthy. DeSean Jackson hasn’t played in weeks and the secondary is still a mess.

Even so, quarterback Carson Wentz has been one of the best in the NFL and we know we can trust their coaching staff.

I wouldn’t bet the Eagles right now, though, as they’re about to embark on a three-game road trip that takes them to Minnesota, Dallas and Buffalo. I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost one or two of those games. After that, they finish the year with five of their final eight games at home.

On top of that, the road games are at the New York Giants, at Miami and Washington. I would wait until after this rough little three-game stretch, hope for the Eagles to drop again and then bet them to win the Super Bowl at that point.

I can see them finishing strong and winning the division, but I would wait for a bit more value given the upcoming schedule.

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