The NFL season is moving closer to the completion of its regular season, with the newly extended 17 game season having just one week left to play. This means that most of the big-hitters are well on the way to making postseason plans, while some outside contenders are hopeful of making progress.

The season started in an unsure manner for some of the sides leading the NFL betting, Kansas City Chiefs being one such team (who began the season with a 3-4 record), and the races for the final playoff spots are getting very exciting indeed. However, if we look a little bit beyond the early portion of the run-in, who are genuine challengers for the Super Bowl crown, and who might be a worthy outside bet to consider backing?

Let’s take a closer look at those you should be taking a keen interest in.

Green Bay Packers (+400)

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Matt LeFleur’s side is safely through the regular season and have the bye through the first round of playoffs and have become the first team in NFL history to secure three successive seasons of 13 wins or more (though clearly, that’s a whole lot easier when there’s an extra game to play). 

The summer gossip pages were full of speculation as to the future of veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he has more than delivered the goods and looks like a solid bet to pick up the NFL MVP award. 

The season started with a humiliating 3-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but a run of seven wins in a row got things back on track. The Packers are now the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and it would be tough to bet against them at this point.

New England Patriots (+1600)

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If you are looking for something of a longshot, then backing Bill Belichick’s side to go all the way might be the bet for you. The Patriots have already secured a playoff berth, and the way they bounced back from consecutive defeats in weeks 15 and 16 (to the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills) to thump the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars 50-10 to book their postseason berth is perhaps a sign of what they can achieve.

Cam Newton wasn’t capable of filling the shoes left by Tom Brady’s move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Mac Jones is sure doing a decent job of doing so this season. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+900)

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Talking of Tom Brady, could the 44-year-old lead the Buccaneers to back-to-back Super Bowl wins? Well, it’s clear that the veteran quarterback is still capable of making a real impression in the NFL, despite his age. 

Brady leads the league in both passing yards and touchdowns, and frankly, he is more than capable of mounting a push; he just needs his fellow teammates to be at their very best in order to help him secure an eighth Super Bowl ring.

Other teams who are certainly in the running include Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills, and the Los Angeles Rams. There’s also a fair bit of financial action on the Dallas Cowboys, who could also mount a real push for a first Super Bowl in over 25 years.

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