In Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League, a team can come somewhat out of nowhere to win a championship. It doesn’t really happen in the NFL (or the NBA) simply because quarterbacks are so important. If you don’t have a very good one, you aren’t winning a Super Bowl. With that said, we think there are only five teams who can win it all this season – Super Bowl 56 is next February in Los Angeles.
Sorry, we aren’t buying the Los Angeles Rams (+1200) or Baltimore Ravens (+1200) because they both lost their young featured running back, Cam Akers and JK Dobbins, to season-ending injuries already. The Rams would have the opportunity to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium. The San Francisco 49ers also are +1200, but Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t a Super Bowl quarterback. Neither is rookie Trey Lance… yet.
Top Picks to Win Super Bowl LVI
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Kansas City Chiefs
- Super Bowl LVI Odds: +450
The Chiefs have the NFL’s best quarterback in MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes, its best tight end in Travis Kelce, maybe its best receiver in Tyreek Hill and its best offensive play-caller in Andy Reid. The only thing that I can see keeping Kansas City from the AFC title game again would be injuries or if the defense underachieves. I do worry about Mahomes a bit as the injury bug has struck him the past couple of years. His backup is Chad Henne. Why not sign Cam Newton as insurance?
Tampa Bay Bucs
- Super Bowl LVI Odds: +650
Do I think the Bucs will repeat? I do not, even though they are the first reigning Super Bowl champions in decades to bring back all 22 offensive/defensive starters. Remember, this team looked very average at times last season and easily could have lost each of its three NFC playoff games before dominating a hobbled Mahomes in the Super Bowl. At some point, Tom Brady has to decline. Perhaps he can hold off Father Time one more year.
- Super Bowl LVI Odds: +1100
Josh Allen took a giant leap last season to where he was the NFL MVP runner-up. If he has another leap in him, then look out. One other thing to consider: Buffalo has one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL with those title-crazy fans so I could easily see the Bills getting home-field throughout the AFC playoffs this year. I tend to think that’s the only way the Bills beat the Chiefs in the playoffs: Getting the game in Buffalo. My one concern with this team is the running game.
Green Bay Packers
- Super Bowl LVI Odds: +1200
Aaron Rodgers was ticked off entering last season because the Packers traded up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to select his presumed eventual replacement in Jordan Love and didn’t tell Rodgers about the plan. All Rodgers did was win his third career MVP Award and lead Green Bay to the best record in the NFC. Rodgers is ticked off entering this season, too, and it might be his last with the team. Be very afraid NFC! There’s no better QB/RB/WR trio in the NFL than Rodgers/Aaron Jones/Davante Adams.
- Super Bowl LVI Odds: +1400
This might be the most talented overall roster in the NFL. Is there a better pair of running backs than Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt? Nope. Better receiving duo than Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry? Not many. Better tight ends than Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant? Nope. The offensive line is Top 5 and the defense should be with some offseason additions. This all depends on Baker Mayfield. The Browns are one of four active franchises to never play in a Super Bowl and the only one of the four with a shot this year considering the others are the Texans, Jaguars and Lions.
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