As the second half of the NFL season gets into full swing, the Miami Dolphins continue to make big gains on the Super Bowl 55 odds where they now sit as a vastly improved +4000 wager at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Winners in each of their past five contests, the Dolphins currently own the No. 6 seed in the AFC, and can pull even with the idle Buffalo Bills atop the AFC East with a win when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High.
This season's success marks a dramatic turnaround for Miami, which opened the season at a distant +15000 on the Super Bowl odds at betting sites after compiling losing records in each of the past three years. But even with four of their next five dates coming against opponents currently outside the playoff picture, the Dolphins remain a lengthy +2000 wager to win the AFC championship and make their first Super Bowl appearance in 36 years.
While the Dolphins make steady gains, the 11-time reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots continue to lose ground, falling to +9000 on the latest Super Bowl odds. Pegged as a respectable +2500 wager to open the season, the Patriots have won two straight, capped by last weekend's stunning 23-17 upset win over the Baltimore Ravens. But with a 4-5 SU record, New England sits well out of playoff contention, stalled in 10th place in the AFC standings.
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to lead the way, perched as +325 favourites to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Chiefs have suffered just one SU loss in 18 overall contests over the past 12 months, with 12 of those victories coming by double-digit margins. However, the defending champions face a stiff challenge from the rejuvenated Pittsburgh Steelers, who have vaulted to +500 second favourites during a sparkling 9-0 SU start to the season.
Further down the Super Bowl 55 odds, the New Orleans Saints are holding steady as an improved +600 wager despite the recent loss of quarterback Drew Brees to a serious injury. Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers closely follow at +700, while the Green Bay Packers round out the top of the odds board at +900.
Winners of 12 straight to finish atop the NFL standings last season, the Ravens have struggled this time around, dipping from +650 to +1100 following a middling 6-3 SU start. A trio of NFC West rivals follow, with the Seattle Seahawks listed at +1400, just ahead of the Los Angeles Rams at +1600, and the Arizona Cardinals at +2000, while the Bills enjoy a bye this weekend pegged at +2200 on those NFL odds.