Eight teams remain in the hunt for the NFL championship. Heading into the NFL Divisional Round, the Green Bay Packers are still the betting favorite to win Super Bowl 56 at +350 odds, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs at +400 odds, and the Buffalo Bills at +500 odds.
The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers are +550 odds to pull off consecutive championship victories, but they slipped to fourth on the NFL futures board.
|Super Bowl 56 Odds|
||Week 9||Week 1|
|Green Bay Packers||+350||+350||+1200||+1400|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+400||+400||+1200||+500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+550||+800||+550||+550|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1000||+2500||+13000||+1400|
The second round of the playoffs kick off this Saturday with both #1 seeds in action, with the Cincinnati Bengals at the Tennessee Titans, and the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams visit Tampa to take on Tom Brady and the Bucs. On Sunday night, we’re treated to the marquee match-up of the NFL Divisional Playoffs with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills.
Green Bay Packers +350
The Packers didn’t emerge as the outright consensus favorite until Week 17 when they took over the top spot on the futures board at +400 odds to win the Super Bowl. Prior to Week 17, the Chiefs or the Bucs were the favorites. The well-rested, #1 Packers host the #6 San Francisco 49ers at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s weather forecast calls for temps in the low 20s, with a 50% chance of snow. The Packers opened as the biggest favorite on the board at -5.5.
Kansas City Chiefs +400
The Chiefs didn’t have much of a sweat against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild card. Sure, the Steelers got on the board first, but then the Chiefs unleashed 35 unanswered points and left the Steelers in the dust. The Chiefs easily covered a double-digit spread and won by three touchdowns.
The #2 Chiefs host Josh Allen and the #3 Buffalo Bills. Depending on who you talk to, this AFC Divisional matchup between the Chiefs and Bills is the real Super Bowl. Personally, we think the winner of this game will end up representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs opened as -2 favorites.
Buffalo Bills +500
The Bills had a near-perfect offensive game in the AFC wild card. The impressive feat is they pulled it off against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. It’s rare to see the Patriots get their asses handed to them, and it’s never happened in the postseason. The Bills saw a mini-surge in their Super Bowl odds to +500 after they shellacked the Pats.
Bills Mafia is well aware that the #3 Bills will have to win a shootout at Arrowhead against the #2 Chiefs if they expect to keep their championship dream alive. The Bills are +2 road-dog in the most-anticipated game of the second round.
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Tampa Bay Bucs +550
The Bucs jumped out to a 31-0 lead over the outmatched Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild card. The Eagles scored two garbage-time touchdowns to make the final score respectable, but the game was never close. The #2 Bucs host the #4 LA Rams, and it’s a chance for the Bucs to avenge a Week 3 loss in Hollywood. The Bucs saw a couple of their offensive linemen exit the wild card with injuries. We’ll see if they can heal up in time to handle a fierce Rams defense that put the clampdown on Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs opened as a -2.5 favorite over the Rams.
LA Rams +750
Running back Cam Akers (ACL injury) returned to the Rams much faster than anyone expected. Even Akers. He looked fast and unstoppable against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC wild card. Quarterback Matthew Stafford finally got off the schneid with his first-ever postseason victory. Odell Beckham Jr. is thrilled he got the heck out of Cleveland and found a quarterback who can throw a proper fade route in the endzone. Rumors floating around Lake Erie suggest that the Browns are considering trading Mayfield, while Beckham is just two more wins away from a trip to the Super Bowl.
The high-octane #4 Rams face a tough test against the defending champions and #2 Bucs. The Rams are +2 road dogs, but they smell blood in the water against the banged-up Bucs.
Tennessee Titans +850
The Tennessee Titans are the #1 seed in the AFC and secured a first-round bye, yet they’re in the bottom end of the futures board at +850 odds to win the Super Bowl. They’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL and are looking for a little respect. Derrick Henry is the X-factor. He missed the second half of the season with a fractured foot, but even if he’s 75% healthy, the Titans are going to get a huge boost. They have the easiest path to the playoffs with the Bills/Chiefs slugging it out on the other side of the AFC bracket. The #1 Titans opened as -3.5 favorites against the #4 Cincinnati Bengals.
San Francisco 49ers +1000
The 49ers dominated the Dallas Cowboys for three-plus quarters in the NFC wild card. Things got interesting with back-to-back turnovers. If Mike McCarthy didn’t make a couple of crucial in-game errors, then Dallas would be in the NFC Divisional Round. Alas, the 49ers held on to win and they were the lone underdog to win in the Wild Card. The #6 4Niners face a tough road game against Aaron Rodgers and the #1 Green Bay Packers. They’re the biggest underdog in the Divisional Round at +5.5, and the second-biggest Super Bowl long shot on the board at +1000 odds.
Cincinnati Bengals +1500
The Bengals held off a late surge from the Las Vegas Raiders to win their first playoff game in 30 years. The #4 Bengals head to Nashville for a showdown against the #1 Tennessee Titans, who had the benefit of an extra week of rest. If the Bengals can contain Henry, then this could come down to whichever team has the last possession. Joe Burrow looked sharp in his first-ever playoff victory. He’s now one win away from a spot in the AFC title game, and just two more victories away from a berth in the Super Bowl. The Bengals are a live road dog at +3.5 in the AFC Divisional Round, however, they’re the long shot on the futures board at +1500 odds to win Super Bowl 56.