- The Chiefs and Ravens are the favorites to win Super Bowl 55
- The Saints and 49ers are the NFC's top two favorites to win the title
- Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars miss the good times of 2019
The road to a Super Bowl title is arduous, full of euphoric highs and soul-crushing lows. The Kansas City Chiefs experienced this roller coaster of emotion last season and now, thanks to bookmakers and the betting public, Patrick Mahomes and company are favored to repeat the feat. At +600, or 6-to-1 at online sportsbook BetOnline, the Chiefs are Super Bowl 55 favorites as they would become the first NFL franchise to win back-to-back titles since the 2004-05 New England Patriots. Think about that, despite the dynasty Bill Belichick has helped create, even Tom Brady’s mighty Pats mustered only one back-to-back title. So, it’s in profound tone that we note that gee, Mahomes has his work cut out for him if the Chiefs are to raise another Lombardi Trophy this February because, as the odds indicate, Kansas City has company and competition over in the AFC.
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Not only do the Ravens boast the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 55, but their franchise, record-breaking quarterback is a top favorite to win the 2020 Most Valuable Player Award. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Lamar Jackson broke Michael Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback and quieted a lot of critics by passing for 3,100 yards and 36 touchdowns. They also got younger in the backfield by selecting running back J.K. Dobbins out of Ohio State in the second round of the 2020 virtual draft. Dobbins joins Mark Ingram and when paired with Jackson’s mobility, the Ravens option offense will once again be very dangerous.
The top NFC favorites are two brand names you’ve come to expect in the 49ers and Saints. San Francisco was a half-quarter away from winning Super Bowl 54 before their offense fell into a quagmire, while many could argue that since winning a title back in 2010, the Saints have underachieved. This was most-recently highlighted after a 13-win New Orleans squad fell on their home turf to the Vikings in last year’s Wild Card playoff game. What’s funny about the 49ers’ and Saints’ 10-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl 55 is that bettors might be able to snatch BOTH at better value in-season due to the fact that they aren’t a lock to win the NFC West and South with fellow Super Bowl contenders breathing down their neck.
On the same day New England named Cam Newton their starting quarterback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added depth to their backfield by signing former first-round draft pick and (when healthy) stud running back, Leonard Fournette. The Buccs’ offense now features Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. On paper, it looks promising, but on the oddsboard Tampa Bay is still 12-to-1 to win the Super Bowl with bookmakers and the betting public in wait-and-see mode.
The Cowboys (+1400) and Seahawks (+1600) round out the only favorites with better than 20-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl 55, but it’s hard to fall in love with either. Dallas definitely possesses an advantage playing in the NFC East where both the Giants and Washington Football Team are rebuilding, but their up-and-down 2019 leaves backers anxious.
If sharing a division with the Super Bowl runners-up wasn’t enough, Russell Wilson will likely continue to bail out his own team on Sundays (and Mondays, Thursday). The key to Seattle’s success is the offensive line holding up and giving their quarterback time to cook. Wilson is often rushed in a collapsing pocket which leads to broken plays where he either tucks it and runs or chucks it deep. You can’t win consistently like this and another 11-win season is highly unlikely.
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The second tier of Super Bowl favorites features the new-look Indianapolis Colts. After 228 games behind center for the Chargers, Philip Rivers will start at quarterback for the AFC South ponies. The 20-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl 55 is quite the endorsement of Rivers and/or just how much of a disaster the AFC South can be from week to week. The division’s other three teams possess Super Bowl odds 33-to-1-or-worse.
Whereas the 2019 Cleveland Browns were extremely overvalued Super Bowl contenders, one could make a strong argument that the 2020 Browns – at 40-to-1 – are undervalued. As it so often does, it’ll come down to quarterback play. Baker Mayfield regressed mightily last season, but a leaky offensive line did him no favors. Aside from a few teams, this is the most loaded NFL offense with Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and several weapons at tight end including new addition Austin Hooper, formerly of the Falcons. On top of welcoming a new head coach, former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, the Browns also inked Stefanski’s former quarterback, Case Keenum. So, if Mayfield’s 2019 sub-optimal production carries on over to 2020, don’t be surprised if the team makes a change at quarterback.
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And then there are the Super Bowl long shots. The Los Angeles Rams were Super Bowl runners-up two years ago. Today, Sean McVay’s crew are 60-to-1 to win a title. To be fair, the NFC West is top-loaded with both the 49ers and Seahawks Super Bowl favorites, but following a 9-7 campaign a season ago and after deciding to part ways with franchise running back Todd Gurley, the Rams are looking for a new North star because many believe Jared Goff isn’t the guy to lead this team through an NFC gauntlet.
If you are wondering why the Texans are 70-to-1, just remember Bill O’Brien traded away DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson.
And finally, remember Minshew Mania? It was that glorious stretch last September where the Jaguars felt like they struck gold with the mustached maestro? Unfortunately, the mania was muted shortly thereafter, Nick Foles got his job back for a fleeting moment and before you knew it, Jacksonville wrapped the 2019 season 6-10. As we know, the franchise moved on from Leonard Fournette earlier this week and will roll with Minshew until they draft Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 Draft pick next spring.
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