Early predicitions for SBLV, with current odds
And then there were four. At the start of the season, 32 NFL teams were in contention (some more realistic than others) to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions. When the postseason began, an unprecedented 14 teams still had a shot, by making the playoffs. Now there are four teams remaining, three division champions and a wild card entrant, as the NFL Conference Championships are set for Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship, and then the Buffalo Bills visit the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game. The Chiefs are the first team ever to host three consecutive AFC Championships and are the favorites to win Super Bowl LV.
Take a look at the latest Super Bowl LV betting odds as well as our thoughts on the four teams.
Updated Odds to Win Super Bowl LV
Odds courtesy of JazzSports.ag.
|Kansas City Chiefs||+210|
|Green Bay Packers||+215|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+350|
Should the Kansas City Chiefs really be the favorites here? They had a 19-3 lead on Cleveland at halftime in the divisional playoff, but they were a Rashard Higgins fumble from just having a 16-10 lead, and they only scored a single field goal in the second half – and Patrick Mahomes didn't go down with his concussion until halfway into the third quarter. Mahomes should have been able to pick apart the Cleveland secondary, but without Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the offense didn't have the right balance. I doubt the Chiefs' collective hunger right now, and without Edwards-Helaire, we're not sure the Chiefs get by Buffalo, let alone win the Super Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers look more and more like a solid as a championship choice. They get to host Tampa Bay, a warm-weather team, on a day when the current weather forecast calls for snow and a high of 28 degrees. Yes, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have a lot of playoff experience in the snow, and the Packers did lose to a dome team at home in the snow in the playoffs back when Michael Vick brought the Falcons to town and posted a huge upset. However, that opportunistic Bucs defense will have to move on cleats with unusually larger studs, and that was a big part of Tennessee's big loss to the Pack in Week 16. Then the Packers get either Kansas City (about whom we already expressed doubts) or Buffalo (who should have been able to score more on that Baltimore defense).
And what about those Bills and Buccaneers? Tampa Bay offers an interesting amount of value. Tom Brady is a big reason, but that defense is just as big, because it was those four takeaways that gave the Bucs the short fields they needed to beat the Saints in the divisional round. As far as Buffalo, their offense is just as dangerous as Kansas City's, and their defense is better right now. They're a solid pick to get into the Super Bowl from the AFC, and we will keep an eye on injury reports before locking in on Super Bowl bets.
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*Odds are subject to change.