The New York Giants’ run to the Super Bowl started in Week 14 last season, with a thrilling 3-point win over the Dallas Cowboys. From there, the Giants won three of their final four games to earn the NFC’s fourth seed and steamrolled through the playoffs en route to their second championship in five years.
The season before, the Green Bay Packers followed a similar path, translating wins in the final two games of the season into a No. 6 seed before winning three straight road playoff games and knocking off Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
Point is, it's around this time that finding the hidden futures value becomes crucial. Spot it before we start to see some major swings, and you'll be laughing come February.
Here are three NFL teams picking up steam heading into Week 14 and their odds to win Super Bowl XLVII:
Washington Redskins (+4,000)
Hopefully you were wise to Washington before Monday’s win over the Giants. That high-profile victory bumped the Redskins from 100-1 to 40-1 to win the Super Bowl at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas.
Washington has won three straight divisional matchups and is just one game behind the Giants for the NFC East lead. The Redskins have a very winnable remaining sked, set as1-point favorites at home to Baltimore this Sunday before visiting Cleveland and Philadelphia, then hosting Dallas in the season finale.
Seattle Seahawks (+3,500)
The risk with taking a shot on Seattle to win the Super Bowl was that the Seahawks couldn’t win away from CenturyLink Field. But, that was before they rolled into the Windy City and stole one from the Bears in Week 13. Just a week after losing in Miami, Seattle showed it doesn’t need the 12th Man to get the job done.
The Seahawks head into Week 14 winners of three of their last four contests, holding out hope for a wildcard spot in the NFC. They’re big 10.5-point home faves hosting Arizona Sunday and follow that divisional clash with two of their final three outings at home (at Buffalo, vs. San Francisco, vs. St. Louis).
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2,000)
After losing to Cleveland in Week 12, the Steelers had nowhere to go but up – and did just that with a win over Baltimore last Sunday. Pittsburgh has been hampered by injuries all season and is still waiting for QB Ben Roethlisberger to return from injuries to his throwing shoulder and ribs. But as long as the defense continues its high level of play, Pittsburgh has a shot to win out.
We could have looked to Cincinnati (+6,000) as the sleeper in the AFC North, but the Bengals are peaking a little too soon and have built a four-game winning streak against some inferior competition. The Steelers’ win over the Ravens was a huge character win for the franchise and it seems like everyone is getting healthy all at once.