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NFL Odds: Super Bowl 54 Betting Favorites

 

The New England Patriots’ dynasty will last for at least one more year. Sunday’s 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams (+3) at Super Bowl 53 wasn’t pretty by any means, but it delivered the Patriots their sixth championship under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Both men will presumably return for another crack at the NFL betting lines in 2019.

 

The Rams aren’t going anywhere, though. They’re a young team on the ascendancy in the NFC, with 2017 AP Coach of the Year Sean McVay and an MVP candidate in quarterback Jared Goff. Getting outplayed by New England in just about every facet last Sunday will only feed their desire to improve their performance and get over the hump next year. And maybe, just maybe, the Patriots won’t have the answers next time.

 

NFL Betting Breakdown

 

The 2019 campaign was already shaping up to be a close one; the Patriots and Rams were named +700 co-favorites on the Super Bowl 54 odds board even before they kicked off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Thanks to their victory, the Patriots are once again the No. 1 favorites, but they’ll have some stiff competition to overcome. Here are the top four Super Bowl contenders on the NFL lines at press time, and some of the underdogs who might give them a run for their money next year.

 

1. New England Patriots: +650 NFL Odds

 

Belichick and Brady are expected back in 2019, but what about TE Rob Gronkowski? He probably won’t announce his decision until later this spring/summer, which is part of the reason New England’s Super Bowl 2020 odds are longer than we’re used to seeing. The Patriots also have to address their aging linebacker corps, and maybe do something about their special teams, too.

 

2. Los Angeles Rams: +700 NFL Odds

 

McVay’s coaching magic ran out last Sunday – the Rams didn’t seem to have the right game plan to address New England’s weaknesses, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see RB Todd Gurley Jr. undergo knee surgery after his late-season lack of performance. If Gurley returns healthy in 2019, and the Rams get some more help for Goff via the draft/free agency, they can still beat the NFL Vegas odds and deliver the franchise their first Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

 

3. Kansas City Chiefs: +800 NFL Odds

 

QB Patrick Mahomes was the overwhelming choice for league MVP after throwing 50 touchdown passes during the regular season. Head coach Andy Reid is one of the most gifted minds in football. But Reid also has his flaws, and the Chiefs are licking their wounds after watching their short AFC Divisional odds turn to dust versus New England in the Conference round. Cutting ties with scapegoat LB Dee Ford might hurt Kansas City more than it would help.

 

3. Los Angeles Chargers: +800 NFL Odds

 

QB Philip Rivers isn’t getting any younger at age 38, but with the new protective NFL rules, maybe their successful 2018 campaign is just the beginning for the Chargers. Rivers matched his career-high 105.5 passer rating, surrounded by talented players like RB Melvin Gordon and WR Keenan Allen; the next step is to shore up that always-worrisome offensive line. Some added beef in the front seven would also help Los Angeles beat their NFL playoff betting odds in 2019-20.

 

The Underdogs

 

The Chicago Bears (+1200) might have had the best NFC Divisional odds of anyone, had they not missed that field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles (+2000) in the Wild Card round. One of these two teams will likely be the top dark horse team on the senior circuit, but the Eagles have some rebuilding to do after an injury-plagued season curtailed their Super Bowl title defense – especially if they decide to trade QB Nick Foles. The Seattle Seahawks (+4000) could be worth a flyer after their successful makeover during the 2018 campaign..

 

In the competitive AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1600) are always a compelling pick on the NFL playoff odds board, but they’re going through some off-field turmoil that could tear the team apart. That opens the door for two teams featuring promising young quarterbacks: the Baltimore Ravens (+3000) with Lamar Jackson, and the Houston Texans (+4000) with Deshaun Watson. Health is always the key issue in the NFL, so we’ll see if these teams load up on offensive linemen at the 2019 Draft this April. Stay tuned for fresh lines and analysis at Bovada Sportsbook until then.

 

*Odds as of February 6th, 2019

 

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