It did not take much time after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 for NitroBetting sportsbook to put up the initial future odds for every team to win it all in 2022.
A lot will happen between now and the first kick-off of the 2021 NFL campaign, especially with the free agency mania and NFL Draft still ahead, but why wait for all of it when you could speculate as early as today who the top teams to watch out for in the following season based on early future odds.
In this piece, NitroBetting presents some of the teams and their respective odds to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy next year.
Super Bowl 56: Early Favorites
Kansas City Chiefs (+450)
The Chiefs are just a week removed from a gut-wrenching loss in Super Bowl 55 at the hands of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs were expected by many to win it all last season, with Patrick Mahomes orchestrating Kansas City’s offense that looked unstoppable from Day 1 to the playoffs but floundered in the face of Tampa Bay’s defense. Nevertheless, the Chiefs should remain among the teams to beat in the 2021 NFL season. Mahomes is still at the prime of his career and his top weapons in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are still there to help on Kansas City’s offense that averaged 28.5 points per game last season. If the Chiefs can make some moves to shore up their pass protection and pass rush, there’s no reason for them not to make the playoffs again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+800)
Ah, the reigning Super Bowl champions. Tom Brady added to his legacy by leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl win in just his first season in the NFC. To do that, Brady ran the gauntlet in the playoffs by beating Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers before taking down Mahomes in Super Bowl 55. People will always bring up Brady’s age when reasoning out why the Bucs will not repeat, but as shown in the last season, he doesn’t need to be an explosive athlete to move the chains and keep opposing offenses off the field. The Bucs are going to be fine with Brady, but they will have to address some personnel issues this offseason, as the likes of Shaquil Barrett, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown are all set to be free agents.
Green Bay Packers (+800)
It turned out that all the Packers needed to do was select a quarterback in last year’s NFL Draft to light a fire under future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ star quarterback, whether he felt threatened by the move or not, put together a fantastic season and won the NFL MVP award after racking up 4,299 passing yards and 48 touchdowns against only five interceptions. Rodgers, who turned 37 last December, clearly has lots of juice left in his knees, and as long as he plays in the elite level the Packers have become so accustomed to, Green Bay will always be a major threat in the NFC, at the very least.
Super Bowl 56: Early Contenders
Cleveland Browns (+1800)
Even though the Browns failed to make the Super Bowl, the franchise generated a ton of excitement in Cleveland by simply clinching a playoff berth for the first time since Season 5 of The Sopranos concluded. Behind the coaching of Kevin Stefanski, the Browns went 11-5, good enough for a Wild Card ticket in the AFC, and even defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round to set themselves up with a date with the Chiefs. Sure, the Browns lost to Kanas City in the Divisional Round, but they have sent a strong message across the NFL that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Seattle Seahawks (+2000)
The Seahawks will go as far as where Russell Wilson takes them, and that should be the case again for the team in 2021. Wilson was hot in the first half of the 2020 season but he faltered in the final weeks, in part because the offensive line was inconsistent. The Seahawks ranked 29th in offensive sack percentage last season. In the Wild Card Round, the Los Angeles Rams dominated the Seahawks’ offensive line, sending Seattle into an offseason with a lot to think about. That includes their running back situation, as both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are set to be free agents. The ground attack is a major part of Seattle’s identity under Pete Carroll and during the Russell Wilson era, so finding a running back to complement Wilson and Rashaad Penny is likely a top priority for the Seahawks.
Super Bowl 56: Early Long Shots
New York Jets (+8000)
Nothing went right for the Jets in the 2020 NFL season. They scored two wins towards the end of the season, but who’s counting, really? In any case, there’s hope for the Jets. The team’s management finally heeded their fans’ requests and sacked Adam Gase after two forgettable seasons. Replacing Gase is former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who impressed a lot in his stint in the Bay Area, forming a Niners’ defense that terrified the rest of the league. The Jets, however, may or may not have Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback in 2021, with rumors that New York is looking to trade the former third-round pick overall.
You can view all Super Bowl 56 futures odds for every team over at NitroBetting sportsbook.*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice