NFL Futures 2021 – 5 Super Bowl Favorites The Experts Agree On
The 2021 NFL season is almost upon us and you can feel the anticipation in the air. Bettors across the world are crossing their fingers that the behemoth of North American sports leagues can have a full season, that stadiums can continue to be full of fans and that the spectre of Covid-19 won’t wreak havoc on players and coaches (and betting lines!).
So with our fingers crossed, let’s look at which teams are generally agreed upon by Vegas as among the favorites to win Super Bowl LVI – to be held February 13, 2022 in L.A.’s shiny new SoFi Stadium.
For the sake of this article, we’ll focus on teams generally listed among the top 10 or 12 favorites (not much point in comparing how long Houston’s odds are right now) and see if we can find a few teams that create a betting house consensus.
1. KANSAS CITY (opened at +500, current range +450 to +550)
The Chiefs are everyone’s preseason favorite and it really isn’t close. After a disappointing result in SB LV, everyone seems to agree that they will emerge from a tough AFC and finish the job this time, reaching their third consecutive Super Bowl and winning two of them.
2. BALTIMORE (opened at 1200, current range +1100 to +1200)
As I mentioned earlier, the AFC appears to be the tougher conference this season with upstart teams like Miami, Denver and Tennessee crowding the playoff picture. Almost everyone sees the Bills and Ravens as the two teams most likely to face KC in the conference championship game, though – and the odds for Baltimore are consistent across the board. They are a consistent Top Five team for oddsmakers.
3. MIAMI (opened at +2000, current range +2500 to 2800)
Vegas was confident in Miami’s status as an up-and-comer in a tough AFC but that seems to have slipped somewhat, perhaps due to some roster questions, especially on defense. Remember this is a team that has not won a playoff game since 2000, and the dropping line reflects the unlikelihood of a Super Bowl run by a team with that little postseason experience.
4. SAN FRANCISCO (opened at +1800, current range +1200 to +1600)
Most houses are (understandably) banking on a reunion between Tampa Bay and Kansas City in the Super Bowl this year but there is some debate who the #2 team is in the NFC. The 49ers’ number continues to shrink as many of the key players they lost last season appear to be slowly returning from an unprecedented rash of injuries that derailed their attempt at a revenge game vs K.C. in the Super Bowl.
5. TENNESSEE (opened at +3000, current range +2200 to +2500)After nearly upsetting the Chiefs in the 2019 AFC Championship Game, the Titans laid an egg in the 2020 Wild Card game vs. Baltimore, which is why they too aren’t seen as an elite team in the AFC yet. Their number continues to go down, though, proof that there is some belief that they can join the AFC elite this season and take another shot at reaching their first Super Bowl in two decades if things break their way.