The NFL season is coming to a close and at this time of year the league is practically split in two. On one side, there’s teams competing for playoff position; on the other, teams fighting for draft position. Of course, every team begins the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Some receive far too much hype and others get none at all. We take a look at Super Bowl contenders and pretenders from the NFL regular season that you’ll want to consider before betting on sports in the States.
Standings: 1st Place AFC North, Current #1 Overall AFC Seed
Odds to Win Super Bowl: +225
Led by the efforts of MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have taken the NFL by storm. Baltimore not only has the NFL’s top offense, averaging 33.7 ppg, but with the mid-season addition of cornerback Marcus Peters, the defense has turned a corner and allow the fourth fewest points per game (18.4 ppg).
The Ravens have all but locked up home field advantage throughout the AFC playoff picture. Baltimore is the deserving favorites to win the Super Bowl having defeated each team in the current playoff picture aside from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay Packers
Standings: 1st Place NFC North, Current #2 Overall NFC Seed
Odds to Win Super Bowl: +1400
The Packers began the season with a boat load of questions under a new head coach and with an inexperienced defense. Yet, behind the play of former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay has found themselves in line for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
The Packers have been balanced throughout the season allowing the ninth fewest points per game (20.2 ppg) while scoring 23.6 ppg, which ranks amongst the top 15 of the league.
Although Green Bay has only the fourth best odds out of NFC to win it all, +1400 are the type of profitable odds you want to find when considering your bet. The Packers are worth taking a shot to win the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs
Standings: 1st Place AFC West, Current #3 Overall AFC Seed
Odds to Win Super Bowl: +800
Kansas City nearly had their season ended early when reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes missed two weeks with a dislocated knee cap. However, the Chiefs kept the season alive in his absence and have been a freight train ever since.
The Chiefs fell a few plays short of reaching the Super Bowl last season when the New England Patriots defeated them at home for the AFC Championship. Since suffering that bitter home playoff loss, Kansas City has been motivated to prove a point and reach the Super Bowl.
Kansas City is in line for the third seed in the AFC which means they’d have to potentially go on the road to face the Patriots and Ravens. The cards may be stacked against them, but the Chiefs have the experience and Mahomes under to center, which makes them a strong candidate to get back to the AFC Championship and win it all.
Standings: 3rd Place in AFC North
Very rarely does an inexperienced and unproven franchise receive the amount of preseason Super Bowl hype the Cleveland Browns did.
Cleveland traded for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason and were essentially named Super Bowl Champions right then and there. Unfortunately for the Browns, you have to actually play the games to win.
Cleveland have not only fallen significantly below expectations but are self-imploding to the point where it’s highly likely the same core of hyped Browns will be gone next season – including Beckham Jr. and first year head coach Freddie Kitchens.
New York Jets
Standings: 3rd Place in AFC East
The New York Jets had about one week of Super Bowl buzz before the season turned comical in Week 2. Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold missed weeks 2 to 5 with mononucleosis, and as a result the Jets began the year 0-4.
New York seemed to have turned the corner with major off-season additions in running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker CJ Mosley, but the good times wouldn’t last very long.
Bell has yet to eclipse over 100 yards rushing in 13 games this season and Mosley played in only two games before being sent to the season-ending injured reserve list.