Thanksgiving kicks off Week 12 of the NFL season. With six weeks remaining in the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are the consensus favorites to win Super Bowl 55 and defend their title at 3/1 odds. The New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers are 11/2 odds to win the Super Bowl, according to a recent update by the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers round out the Top 5 in Super Bowl odds.
Thanksgiving and the NFL have become an entwined tradition, so it’s difficult to thinking about Thanksgiving without also think about football. So, if your favorite team is a contender on Turkey Day, then it’s time to give thanks.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans are thrilled with a perfect 10-0 record. Kansas City fans are excited that the defending champs appear to have faded the dreaded Super Bowl hangover.
|SUPER BOWL 55 ODDS|
- Kansas City Chiefs 3/1
- Pittsburgh Steelers 11/2
- New Orleans Saints 11/2
- Tampa Bay Bucs 11/1
- Green Bay Packers 12/1
- LA Rams 12/1
- Seattle Seahawks 12/1
- Baltimore Ravens 18/1
- Indianapolis Colts 20/1
- Buffalo Bills 22/1
- Tennessee Titans 25/1
- Arizona Cardinals 30/1
- Cleveland Browns 40/1
- Las Vegas Raiders 50/1
- Miami Dolphins 50/1
If your team is a long shot, then it’s time to say a prayer. The legion of Las Vegas Raiders fans will be asking the gambling gods to keep an eye on the football franchise during its maiden voyage in Sin City.
If your team offers up value, like the Buffalo Bills or Arizona Cardinals, then fire away and enjoy the sweat over the next 11 weeks.
The Big Dogs: Defending Champs, Perfect Steelers
It’s not impossible to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the Kansas City Chiefs face an uphill battle. There hasn’t been a repeat champion since the New England Patriots won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Prior to that, John Elway last won back-to-back Super Bowls with the DenverBroncos during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to lose a game at 10-0, but everyone on the squad would sacrifice a regular-season game in favor of winning the Super Bowl.
This could be the last season that the New Orleans Saints have Drew Brees, so they’re worthy of a flier at 11/2 odds to win the Super Bowl. Brees is out with broken ribs, but the Saints are now 6-0 in games without Brees as the starter over the last two seasons. Brees only won one Super Bowl with the Saints, but Who Dat nation backing the Saints at 11/2 odds, would love for their all-time favorite quarterback to ride off into the sunset with one more title.
Value Plays: Bills Mafia, Rams Rising
Good defenses win Super Bowls. For value seekers, consider the Tampa Bay Bucs. Ever since Tommy Boy arrived in Tampa Bay, they’ve been a popular pick to win the Super Bowl. It’s hard to ignore their defense. The Bucs have the second-rated defense in terms of DVOA. Bruce Arians will rely upon Brady’s wisdom and leadership once the team reaches the postseason. The Bucs are 11/1 odds to win the championship.
The LA Rams look more like the team that went to the Super Bowl two seasons ago than the team that bubbled the playoffs last year. The Rams are ranked #7 in DVOA and allow the second-fewest points in the league at 19.2 ppg. The Rams are a solid value play at 12/1 odds.
If you want to back an MVP-like quarterback to get hot in the postseason, then look no further than the Seattle Seahawks at 12/1 odds. Russell Wilson started the season with a bang and he never let up. The Seattle defense is questionable. Plus, they won’t have the same home-field advantage in the playoffs without fans. The 12th Man, aka the Seattle crowd, won’t be a factor during the pandemic.
If you want to back a stud running back in the playoffs, then jump aboard the Derrick Henry train. The Titans won and lost a few ugly games already this season, but the playoffs are never tidy. The Titans are 25/1 odds.
If you want a feel-good underdog story, then take a flier on the Buffalo Bills at 22/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. The Bills Mafia were thrilled to simply make the postseason in 2019, but this season, they’re hungry for their first playoff win since 1995.
On Life Support: NFC East Ugliness
It would be weird to have a postseason without the New England Patriots in it. But hey, we live in weird times.
The San Francisco 49ers might suffer the same fate as the LA Rams did last year, missing the playoffs just one season after their Super Bowl berth.
|SUPER BOWL 55 ODDS|
- Chicago Bears 80/1
- Philadelphia Eagles 80/1
- Dallas Cowboys 100/1
- Minnesota Vikings 100/1
- New England Patriots 100/1
- San Francisco 49ers 100/1
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are slugging it out for the NFC East title. Once again, the “NFC Least” are the bottom feeders of the NFL. The winner will most likely have a losing record, which is a shame, because there could be a 10-win team that might bubble the postseason.
Better Luck Next Year
Washington and the New York Giants could win a playoff berth by winning the NFC East, but their postseason run wouldn’t last more one game before they’re bounced. Both teams are 3-7, but with six games remaining, it’s a free-for-all in the worst division in the NFL.
|SUPER BOWL 55 ODDS|
- NY Giants 125/1
- Washington 175/1
- Detroit Lions 200/1
- Carolina Panthers 225/1
- Denver Broncos 350/1
- Houston Texans 350/1
- LA Chargers 350/1
- Atlanta Falcons 500/1
- Cincinnati Bengals 1500/1
- Jacksonville Jaguars 3000/1
- NY Jets N/A
The LOL Jets have been taken off the futures board. They never should’ve been included at the start of the season. With Adam Gase as head coach, they never had a chance.
At DraftKings, you can find a prop bet where a team finishes the season 0-16. The Jets will pay out +180 if that happens.