Hopefully on the road to the Super Bowl!

Ross Houston
January 12, 2018

Super Bowl that is, not great Seinfeld episode.

What an interesting wild-card weekend in the NFL. With the AFC being the designated home team in this year's Super Bowl, the AFC champion would be assigned the Vikings' practice facility and locker room and the NFC champion would practice at the University of Minnesota and get the road locker room. Of course, that game is held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and no team has played a Super Bowl in its own stadium.

The odds are interesting due to the Vikings playing at home Sunday against the Saints, as the victor would seemingly be considered the favorite to reach the Super Bowl.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the top seed in the NFC, but they have been hurt badly by the ACL injury suffered by quarterback Carson Wentz in Week 14. While they are a far cry from the team that gave up 470 yards and 29 points to Minnesota in Week 1, anything other than approximating, one of the league's better defenses will struggle against a Minnesota team, with the league's best defense and one of the league's best offensive supporting casts at home on Sunday. The victor in their upcoming match for their Divisional Round will face the victor in the match-up between Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Either the Patriots or the Steelers are expected to win the AFC title.

The Auburn alumni still playing are long snapper Josh Harris of the Falcons, running back Corey Grant of the Jaguars, Jones and King of the Patriots and linebacker Daren Bates of the Titans. Tennessee (10-7), who have not won in New England since 1993, advanced to Saturday's game with a 22-21 wildcard victory over the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

However, the Steelers are too strong for the Jaguars, and the Patriots seem likely to overwhelm the Titans. In a typical year, that work is already underway at the host site for the Super Bowl, but the National Football League is forced to work around the Vikings as the team prepares to host a divisional round playoff game this weekend, and possibly prepares for a home game in the NFC Championship Game the following weekend.

NFC No. 2 seed Minnesota is a +375 second-favorite to win the Super Bowl.

Of those host teams in the playoffs, none reached the conference championship game. At the start of the playoffs, the Vikings were 9/5 favorites to reach the Super Bowl and were followed by the Eagles (3/1) and Saints (5/1), while the Falcons had the fifth-best odds at 10/1.

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