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The Los Angeles Rams have another team in their rearview mirror in the Super Bowl odds, and it comes in the form of the squad that beat them Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints have moved into a tie with the New England Patriots at +500 (bet $100 to win $500), rising from +650 for the second-best odds in the latest futures bets, per OddsShark. The Rams are favorites at +350 following their first loss of the 2018 season.
The Kansas City Chiefs, at +550, are the only other team with better than 12-1 odds.
The Saints took control of the race for home-field advantage in the NFC with a 45-35 home win over Los Angeles on Sunday. Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, Michael Thomas had 211 yards receiving (and one cellphone-wielding touchdown celebration), and Alvin Kamara hit pay dirt three times. The New Orleans defense also held Todd Gurley in check for 79 total yards.
“We’re good. We love it. You find out about yourself when you have a little bit of adversity,” Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters. “I know that everybody in that locker room is going to respond the right way. Sometimes setbacks can be setups for comebacks—and that’s the way we look at it.”
The Patriots got a marquee win of their own Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, moving to 7-2. Gone are the concerns following their 1-2 start. They’ve reeled off six straight wins to put themselves in a spot to win yet another AFC East championship.
Included in that winning streak was a 43-40 win over Kansas City that could ultimately give the Patriots home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, sitting at +1200 (12-1), could be the best bet on the board if Le’Veon Bell comes back and is fully healthy. They could have the best running back combo in the league with Bell and James Conner, who has played Pro Bowl-caliber football in Bell’s absence.