Super Bowl LVI Betting Favorites
The dust has yet to settle on Tampa Bay’s second-ever Super Bowl win, which was Tom Brady’s incredible seventh win and fifth MVP award, and the football world is already looking to next year.
Who are the teams seen as the favorites to have a big 2021 and win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles? Let’s take a look at the odds.
Kansas City Chiefs (+500)
As long as the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes, they will be in the Super Bowl betting discussion. Since the Chiefs will still have head coach Andy Reid and All-Pros Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, online bookmakers have made Kansas City the favorite to win the Super Bowl next season.
They do have major issues at tackle, as seen on Super Bowl night. Both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz have serious injuries to return from.
The Chiefs also have free-agent decisions to make on starting cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward. The most likely salary cap casualty is wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
The next-closest AFC team is the Buffalo Bills at +1100, but we don’t see anyone getting past the Chiefs for a while yet.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+900)
The Buccaneers are the defending champions and have a Hall of Famer at quarterback. So why are they tied for second on this list?
Chris Godwin is a free agent, and he’s going to require a raise to keep. Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette are also free-agent decisions on offense.
On defense, Shaq Barrett played this season on the franchise tag, and he will once again be costly. Linebacker Lavonte David just recorded his eighth 100-tackle season, but the free-agent-to-be just turned 31, and the Bucs need to decide if they can afford one more contract for the former All-Pro.
Green Bay Packers (+900)
Tied for second among NFC teams to win the next Super Bowl is Green Bay. They have the MVP at quarterback, and despite some initial concerns following the Packers’ loss in the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere.
Running back Aaron Jones might be. The Packers are an estimated $20 million over the cap, and Jones is in line for a raise of around $12 million a season.
The Packers have a great offensive line, but they’ll have to pay to keep All-Pro center Corey Linsley. There are also questions around the future of cornerback Kevin King. But most players from this season’s top seed in the NFC will be together for another run in 2021.
Los Angeles Rams (+1200)
The Rams recently jumped far up the list of teams likely to be the next Super Bowl winner. You can credit the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford as the reason they are near the top of NFC favorites.
We know they have a world-beater defense led by Aaron Donald. But they need to improve on the offensive side of the ball, other than just at quarterback, and they are projected to be over the cap by as much as $30 million.
So how do they do that? It’s probably the last we’ll see of linebacker Leonard Floyd in Los Angeles, as his 10 sacks this season will command a big raise in free agency.
Super Bowl LVI Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+900|
|Green Bay Packers||+900|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|