When the Kansas City Chiefs stormed back from a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 54 – stunning the San Francisco 49ers and their fans in the process – bookmakers in Las Vegas and online were hardly surprised. That is why the opening Super Bowl 55 odds have Kansas City favored to repeat.
After all, with 2018 MVP winner Patrick Mahomes under center and a historically explosive offense guided by ingenious play-calling guru Andy Reid, the Chiefs opened at (+800) to hoist the Lombardi Trophy by season’s end. Those sports betting odds were second only to the New England Patriots at (+700), putting Kansas City in rarified air alongside the Super Bowl 53 victors and six-time champs.
The team was also a slight (-1.5) favorite entering last week’s climactic “Super Sunday” showdown , so the eventual outcome was hardly surprising.
And as his Chiefs squad soaked in the celebration at the team’s victory parade on February 5, Reid took the microphone to put the NFL on notice, telling the football world that a new dynasty was in the making:
“Next year, we’re coming right back here! One more time baby, one more time.”
Chiefs Favored to Repeat and Back Up Reid’s Parade Prediction
The oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bovada tend to agree with Reid, who just led the Chiefs to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance and title in the last 50 years.
When the opening NFL betting odds on winning Super Bowl 55 were posted shortly after Kansas City’s unbelievable 31-20 win over the Niners, the Chiefs topped the totem pole as (+450) favorites.
And why not? Even with the Super Bowl MVP Mahomes expected to command a record-setting contract extension of more than $200 million, his salary cap hit for next season will still be low enough to keep Kansas City’s core intact for another run.
Standing in their way will be the Baltimore Ravens, as the AFC’s top regular season team in 2019 at 14-2 boasts a similarly electric quarterback in reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. Despite bowing out in a disappointing Divisional Round loss to Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens are listed at (+650) to usurp the Chiefs.
The only other AFC team offering odds better than 10 to 1 is New England, which sits at (+800) even amidst the uncertainty of legendary QB Tom Brady’s free agency. Head coach Bill Belichick isn’t going anywhere though, and after transforming Brady from an unheralded sixth-round draft pick into a six-time Super Bowl winner, “The Hoodie” deserves those lofty odds until proven otherwise.
NFC Stacked with Several Top-Tier Super Bowl Contenders
As for the 49ers, the Super Bowl’s runner-up isn’t expected to suffer any hangover effects from the agonizing come-from-ahead loss.
San Francisco is listed at (+750) play its way back into the big game for the third time in nine years – and to finish things off with a win. Like the Chiefs, the 49ers sport an extremely talented play-caller in head coach Kyle Shanahan, along with a deep roster on both sides of the ball. That combination is enough to make San Francisco the class of the NFC entering the 2020 season.
All told, the NFC is well represented among Super Bowl 55 contenders with eight teams among the top 12.
Those within striking distance of the Niners include perennial playoff performers in the New Orleans Saints (+1200), Green Bay Packers (+2000), Seattle Seahawks (+2200), Philadelphia Eagles (+2200), Minnesota Vikings (+2800), and Los Angeles Rams (+3000).
To find out how likely your favorite NFL team is to win next year’s Super Bowl, check out the full list of football odds below:
|Team||Super Bowl 55 Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+450|
|San Francisco 49ers||+750|
|New England Patriots||+800|
|New Orleans Saints||+1200|
|Green Bay Packers||+2000|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+3300|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+3300|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+5500|
|New York Jets||+7000|
|New York Giants||+7000|