- BetOnline has updated Super Bowl odds for every NFL team in the playoff hunt
- The Chiefs (+300) remain the favorite after a comeback win over the Raiders in Week 11
- The Rams’ title odds shortened to +1200 after an impressive victory over the Buccaneers on Monday night
An old Bill Belichick cliche is that “football season doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving.” So what better time to separate the National Football League’s contenders from the pretenders.
Let’s look at the latest Super Bowl odds and go over the teams we’re feeling confident, and not so confident about, heading into betting on NFL Week 12.
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL 55
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||After Wk 10|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+300||↑||+325|
|New Orleans Saints||+700||↓||+675|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1000||↓||+800|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200||↓||+900|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200||↑||+1600|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5000||↓||+4000|
|New England Patriots||+10000||↓||+7500|
|New York Giants||+12500||↑||+25000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+15000||↓||+12500|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+50000||↔||+50000|
WHO CAN BEAT THE CHIEFS?
Now firmly in that rare Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods class of superstar athletes, Patrick Mahomes did what everyone watching Sunday Night Football expected of him, driving the Chiefs (+300) on a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final 1 minute, 15 seconds against the Raiders to pull out a 35-31 win.
Mahomes, now -125 chalk to win NFL MVP at Bovada, makes Kansas City the obvious favorite, but the Raiders have played them tough twice (winning once) and Andy’s Reid’s club almost lost last week to the Panthers as well.
Patrick Mahomes through 41 career starts:
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the Steelers (+500) are still perfect at 10-0 and will make the Chiefs travel to Heinz Field for the AFC Championship Game if they can stay a game ahead in the standings and secure the conference’s sole playoff bye.
Pittsburgh’s defense has allowed the third-fewest yards through the air and a league-low 54.8 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks so they have as good a shot as anyone at slowing down Mahomes. The question is whether the Steelers can continue to get by without any semblance of a run game.
“Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers” by Seatacular is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 5
While watching Tom Brady throw deep is reminiscent of Peyton Manning’s 2015 season, don’t expect the same storybook ending for the Buccaneers (+1000). Tampa Bay’s defense has fallen off a cliff, allowing 27.7 points per game over the past month.
Green Bay (+1200) should also not be taken seriously despite having a 7-3 record and a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. However, if you like the Packers, it’s best to bet on them now as they have a ridiculously soft six-game stretch to close the season.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) November 24, 2020
New Orleans (+700) is an intriguing bet as it’s possible they’re a better team with Taysom Hill than Drew Brees. While that sounds like an overreaction to the gadget guy’s impressive debut as a starter (233 passing yards, 51 yards, and 2 TDs on the ground against the Falcons), Hill is no doubt harder for defenses to prepare for.
Look for the Saints to win their next three, setting up a must-see contest with the Chiefs in Week 15.
NFC WEST POWERS
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With three games against the NFC East and another against the Jets, the Seahawks (+1200) are about to go on a run so buy now if you’re a believer.
Seattle’s run game will get better with a healthy Chris Carson and their defense has shown serious signs of life over the past two weeks with new acquisition Carlos Dunlap at defensive end and a healthy Jamal Adams back in the secondary. Oh yeah – and Russell Wilson might be the only guy in Mahomes’ stratosphere.
Russell Wilson has the NFL record for most wins by a QB through first:
◽️ Two seasons – 24
◽️ Three seasons – 36
◽️ Four seasons – 46
◽️ Five seasons – 56 (T-Matt Ryan)
◽️ Six seasons – 65
◽️ Seven seasons – 75
◽️ Eight seasons- 86 (T-Tom Brady)
◽️ Nine seasons – 93
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 22, 2020
While it’s hard to trust Jared Goff, Los Angeles (+1200) is out-gaining their opponents by about 100 yards per game thanks to Sean McVay’s scheming and they have two of the best defensive players in the NFL in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.