NFL Futures: Best values to win the 2017 Super Bowl

SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein looks at the updated odds to win Super Bowl 51 and sees value in a trio of NFC teams, starting with the Packers.

UPDATED on January 22, 2017: The Patriots opened as 3-point favorites over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The Over-Under is the largest in Super Bowl history.

The following article was published on December 12, 2016 following Week 14 of the regular season:

Green Bay entered the season as a favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

The Westgate LV SuperBook opened the Packers at 10/1 -- right behind the Patriots, Seahawks and Steelers at 8/1.

But after the injury-depleted Pack fell to 4-6, you could have grabbed them at a whopping 60/1. Now, following their impressive three-game win streak, the Pack are still offering value at 18/1.

Odds to win Super Bowl 51
 Team Odds
 Patriots 2/1
 Cowboys 7/2
 Seahawks 7/1
 Chiefs 7/1
 Steelers 10/1
 Raiders 14/1
 Packers 18/1
 Giants 18/1
 Falcons 20/1

True, Aaron Rodgers is battling a calf injury. But the two-time MVP has tossed 10 TDs against zero INTs the past four games. During its win streak, Green Bay has allowed 12 points per game.

At 7-6 and trailing the Lions by two games, the Packers' path to the playoffs is simple: Win out, including Week 17 at Ford Field, and have Detroit lose to either the Giants or Cowboys the next two weeks.

It's not far-fetched at all, especially with Matthew Stafford dealing with a finger injury.

Green Bay visits the 3-10 Bears on Sunday before hosting the 7-6 Vikings in Week 16.

Under coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 31-14 in December. Only the Packers and Patriots have made the playoffs each of the past seven years.

When Green Bay fell to 4-6 with a 42-24 humiliation at Washington, Rodgers insisted the Pack could "run the table" and win its final six games. They're halfway home, and now no one would be surprised if they did.

The Giants at 18/1 and Falcons at 20/1 also offer value as candidates to come out of a wide-open NFC. Dallas and Seattle, the current top two seeds, looked far from unbeatable in Week 14.

The Cowboys had their 11-game win streak snapped by the Giants, while the Seahawks got blown out at Green Bay.

The G-Men are playing tremendous defense -- allowing an average of 16 points over their last five games -- and Eli Manning is capable of raising his play to another level.

Atlanta leads the league with 32.9 points per game. With Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman healthy, the Falcons are nearly impossible to defend.

And if any of those three teams made the Super Bowl, who's to say they couldn't knock off the Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers or Raiders?

The Broncos were 4.5-point underdogs or higher, depending on the book, when they beat the Panthers last year. And the Giants, of course, twice pulled off big upset of the Pats in recent Super Bowls.