We are now not far off from the end of the regular season in the NFL and the playoff picture is beginning to shape up. With some surprise contenders and more well performing favourites, all eyes are looking ahead to the Super Bowl. NFL Odds have the Buffalo Bills as the current favourites to lift the Lombardi Trophy this season, as Josh Allen continues to be one of the best performing quarterbacks in the league.
These odds are of course calculated by each individual team’s form throughout the season and are likely to chop and change with every win and loss. It can be even more in depth however with oddsmakers having to take into account things like roster depth as important players pick up injuries. For example, whilst the Bills have remained strong favourites throughout the season, an injury to franchise QB Allen could bring those hopes into serious doubts. Every line be it the over/under, player props or futures are calculated in great detail by statisticians and hours of work goes into them every single day.
It is not always the season-starting favourites that win the Super Bowl however and there are plenty of strong candidates this year. Let’s take a look at the strongest teams which are predicted to win the big one in the season closer.
Buffalo Bills – 15/4
Always the bridesmaids, never the bride, the Bills have lost in four Super Bowl’s in their history and are yet to win the big one. That record is tied second with the Minnesota Viking’s who have also never got their hands on the Lombardi Trophy. What is even more heart-breaking for Bills fans is that all of those losses came consecutively. The performances of Josh Allen and Steffon Diggs, one of the best receivers in the game, may just turn those fortunes around. Allen holds the Bills’ records for passing yards in a season (4544) and passing touchdowns in a season (37) and has finally instilled some belief in Buffalo, NY. With a record of 7-3 as of writing, they look certain to at least reach the playoffs in what has proven to be a competitive conference this season.
Kansas City Chiefs – 9/2
The Chiefs play in one of the easiest conferences in the league and when you look at the talent on their roster that almost seems unfair. Patrick Mahomes has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league for coming on five seasons now since becoming a record-setting MVP in his first season as starter at Arrowhead. Although they lost star receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, their offense has shown no sign of slowing down and currently lead the league for average points scored per game and total yards. Their defense however has been relatively mediocre. They rank 21st in the league for points allowed (23.3) and 19th for total yards (349.2) and whilst Andy Reid’s chunk-play gameplan helps them score efficiently, they could struggle against an equally as efficient Bills team.
Philadelphia Eagles – 6/1
There is plenty of reason for Eagles fans in the city of brotherly love to smile right now. Nick Sirriani has coached incredibly well in his sophomore year in Philly and the Birds currently boast the best record in the league at 9-1. A real surprise pick for this years Super Bowl, quarterback Jalen Hurts has shown no let-up in his blazing season so far. His 106.5 passer rating is 4th overall in the league as does his 8 rushing touchdowns, more than any QB in the league. Arguably the best dual threat QB in the NFL, his performances will be key to their journey through the playoffs this year. Their defense has been equally as strong ranking 2nd in the league for yards allowed per game and the fans, teams and pundits alike who continue to doubt their incredible run are sure to carry on playing right into their hands.
San Francisco 49ers – 15/2
Jimmy Garoppolo has had his fair share of doubters throughout his career but his current passer rating of 104.1 puts him fifth overall in the league. He has come up big when it matters this year putting up over 230 passing yards in the 49ers wins over the Rams, Chargers and Panthers. Their impressive form this season however has been mainly down to their very impressive defense. They are the only team in the league to average under 300 net yards allowed this season and are fourth in the league for points allowed per game (17.3). Whilst their offense has been strong, it is undoubtedly their defense that will carry them to any success this season.
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