Heading into the final weeks of the NFL season, it is clear at this point who the leaders are. We have seen some phenomenal performances around the league and interestingly enough, the normal power rankings are much more diverse than in past seasons. We all want to know which teams are the favorites to win the Super Bowl, so let’s take a look at what the bookmakers have to say.
Kansas City Chiefs
As usual, the returning Super Bowl champs are normally expected to be good again the following year, and the Chiefs have not disappointed. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is playing like he wants another championship.
The Chiefs are favored in the betting to win the AFC championship according to www.OLBG.com’s picks, showing that they are one of the best teams in the league yet again. With an 11-1 record, they are tied with the Steelers for the best in the league and are the clear favorites to win the Super Bowl overall with around +210 odds depending on your sportsbook.
New Orleans Saints
Over the last few years, the Saints have really stepped it up and become an undeniable NFC threat. However, even after several consecutive playoff appearances, they have been unable to make it to the big game. Drew Brees has been waiting a long time to win his 2nd Super Bowl and this year may finally be his chance. Despite being out with a rib injury, we know he is desperate to return and his backup Taysom Hill has done his part by directing the team to a 3-0 record in Brees’ absence.
The squad has everything they need, a highly skilled quarterback soon to return, many offensive weapons like running back Alvin Kamara, receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and tight end Jared Cook. The Saints currently have around +500 odds to win it all.
Absolutely no one expected the Steelers to come out and perform at the level they have demonstrated this season. Analysts around the league consistently called the Steelers “overrated”, and yet they continuously pulled off big wins over the Ravens, Titans, the Browns and others.
For a while, they were the only undefeated team in the league and now sit with an 11-1 record, tied with the Chiefs for the best overall. Sadly, that first loss came from the Washington Football Team who are now 5-7 and the Steelers’ Super Bowl odds dipped after this upset. However, they still have +700-800 odds to win thanks to the combination of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive weapons like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers never lose their luster from season to season. They seem overdue for a Super Bowl appearance by this point, and oddsmakers are placing the squad around +800 to be the victors this year.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and this season the combination of Rodgers and receiver Davante Adams has been electrifying. The Packers have been at the top of the NFC all year and they are one of the favorite teams of sports bettors for their dependable wins and consistent stats. At this point, it’s clear that they will be a deep-playoff threat, but it’s up to Rodgers and the squad to pull through to the big game.
Los Angeles Rams
With an 8-4 record, the Rams are held up against teams like the Seahawks, the Bills and the Titans. However, there is something about this squad that fans and analysts like more than these other teams. The Rams are playing with a hungry ferocity and demonstrating why they feel they are one of the best teams in the league. If you refer to the Super Bowl odds, this is reflected as they have the fifth best odds currently at +1200.
There is a lot of talent on this team that makes them a formidable opponent. After 6 seasons with the Rams, defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still a one-man wrecking machine that opposing offenses fear. Around the league, head coach Sean McVay is respected as somewhat of an offensive genius. Rookie running back Cam Akers is starting to show promise and is being very productive. Even punter Johnny Hekker is a standout in his role. This is a talented team with nothing to lose and fans who are excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.