Best Bets to win the Super Bowl
The NFL season is underway, giving us an early preview of what to expect from the Kansas City Chiefs in their chase to become back-to-back Super Bowl winners.
But there are plenty of teams – and football fans – that don’t want to see that happen.
Today, we’re going to look at a total of five teams and their odds (according to FanDuel) of hosting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the 2020 season.
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 Super Bowl Odds (+550)
If Week 1 was any indication, Kansas City is well on its way to winning another championship. And here’s the winning formula – the passing attack is deadly accurate and the rushing attack is relentless.
Even though the Chiefs put 34 points up in the opener, Mahomes only threw for 211 yards. But three of his passes were for touchdowns, and his receivers caught almost everything that was thrown their way. It was low volume, but it was massively efficient.
Then, all throughout the game, the rushing attack was incredibly productive, with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire carrying the ball 25 times for 138 yards, a nice 5.5 YPC clip.
Barring any major injuries, this is what we’ll be seeing all season; Mahomes completing most of his passes and the rushing attack wearing down defenses. The defense for Kansas City showed in Week 1 that it will bend when it comes to the rushing attack, allowing 118 yards, but it will not break. A healthy Tyrann Mathieu will be a difference maker this year, as he racked up eight tackles against the Texans. Put it all together, and there’s not much stopping the Chiefs.
Baltimore Ravens 2020 Super Bowl Odds (+650)
With his spin moves, jukes, and game breaking speed, quarterback Lamar Jackson looks like he’s playing his own game, with everyone else just trying to keep up. However, the Ravens had a lot of soul searching to do after they won 14 games in 2019 but lost to the Tennessee Titans in their first and only playoff game.
Internally, one of the answers lies with the receivers. Incredibly talented but often injured Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has bulked up to play at 180 pounds instead of 157, which may help increase his durability. Second-year receiver Miles Boykin is expected to be more involved this year, and a healthier Mark Andrews has reportedly been impossible to defend in training camp. He scored two TD’s in week 1, so there might be something to that.
The rushing attack may be even stronger in 2020, with rookie J.K. Dobbins trying to outwork veteran Mark Ingram for touches.
In terms of the defense, the Ravens played lights out against the Cleveland Browns in week 1, holding the team to just six points. Patrick Queen, L.J. Fort, and Chuck Clark are going to put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year, causing headaches for opposing offensive lines.
All the pieces are there for a deep playoff, the Ravens just need to execute, and avoid any ill effects from last year’s disappointment.
New Orleans Saints 2020 Super Bowl Odds (+1200)
Drew Brees signed a contract to stick around until 2021, but if he can win a Super Bowl this year, it would be a perfect time to hang up the cleats and ride into the sunset.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara are in their prime, and there’s a decent enough supporting cast (tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders) to make another playoff push.
The NFC South has only gotten tougher with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so things aren’t going to get any easier in the future. Teams should obviously strive to win a Super Bowl each year, but the Saints should have a sense of urgency.
The defense will face a lot of high-powered offenses this year: the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, and a rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, just to name a few teams. If they can hold their opponents to around 21 points per game, like last year, the offense will take care of the rest.
With one of the best receivers in the league, one of the best running backs, and one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game all on the roster, the time to win is NOW.
Dallas Cowboys 2020 Super Bowl Odds (+1500)
The offense for the Dallas Cowboys is stacked with talent: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb.
But the biggest challenge for the team won’t be getting past the Green Bay Packers to win the division – it will be trying to get past the ego of owner Jerry Jones. From his son having to stop him from drafting Johnny Manziel to Jerry making visits on the sidelines to talk to coaches during the game, he doesn’t empower the people he hires to do their jobs effectively.
The defense got off to a slow start in Week 1 and wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on Jared Goff. The secondary will also need some work, though the Rams may be a better team than many expected. If they can clean things up and make adjustments, this could be a winning football team with high upside.
Green Bay Packers 2020 Super Bowl Odds (+3100)
Green Bay is lower in the pack when it comes to their Super Bowl odds, but I think they are still a strong contender to win it all.
Aaron Rodgers will be 37 in December, and the simple fact is that he shouldn’t be expected to be the same player he was in 2011 when he threw 45 touchdowns.
However, even if he’s not attempting 40 passes a game, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league and makes very few mistakes; sometimes you only need a game manager to get the job done.
Add in the talent at running back with Aaron Jones and rookie AJ Dillon (who has legs as big as tree trunks), and you have a very tough team to beat. Jones and Dillon will run the ball down the throats of their opponents, and Rodgers will make the throws he needs to make to win games.
The Packers allowed 34 points in Week 1 to the Minnesota Vikings, which isn’t great, so that’s an area of concern because the offense won’t be able to score 43 each week. One promising player to watch is Jaire Alexander, who recorded an interception and red-zone sack, but the Packers are going to need the rest of the defense to step up if they want to challenge for a Super Bowl.
Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.