Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is in the books and it was certainly an exciting three days of action. From close games to shocking blowouts, there was something for everybody — unless your team was on the wrong end of one of those losses. Nevertheless, the first round of games being in the books means Super Bowl 56 odds have been updated.
BetOnline is sticking with the Kansas City Chiefs as this year’s Super Bowl favorite at +500 odds, which is the same number they were listed at back in July. The Chiefs kicked off the new campaign with a high-scoring affair, just edging out the Cleveland Browns, 33-29. As usual, former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes looked great under center, completing 75% of his passes for 337 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Wideout Tyreek Hill (11 receptions, 197 yards, one touchdown) and tight end Travis Kelce (6 receptions, 76 yards, 2 TDs) played a crucial role in the victory as well.
The Chiefs will likely continue being Super Bowl 56 favorites (or at least in contention) for a majority of the season. After all, they’ve played in football’s biggest game in each of the previous two seasons and won it all nearly two years ago. While the NFL certainly has its elite teams, Kansas City usually stands above the rest. The team’s 72 wins since 2015 are the most in that span, which further illustrates its dominance.
If the Chiefs want to continue their contender status, they’re going to need the rest of the team to wake up. They were losing 22-10 to the Browns at halftime before, fortunately, waking up in the second half. Things may have turned out well last Sunday, but the Chiefs won’t be so lucky if they face a team with better killer instincts going forward.
Super Bowl 56 Odds After Week 1
Odds via BetOnline as of Wednesday, September 15
- Kansas City Chiefs (+500)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+550)
- Los Angeles Rams (+1200)
- San Francisco 49ers (+1200)
- Buffalo Bills (+1400)
- Cleveland Browns (+1600)
- Baltimore Ravens (+1800)
- Green Bay Packers (+1800)
- Seattle Seahawks (+1800)
- New Orleans Saints (+2000)
Complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Championship Odds
Like they were for the entire offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue having the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 56. Prior to the new season, their odds were listed at +600. Those have since improved to +550 after the Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 31-29, to open the new campaign last Thursday.
While the final score was pretty close, Tampa Bay still looked like the championship-quality team that won the Super Bowl back in February. That’s what happens when a team brings back each of its starters from that roster.
Tom Brady continues to defy his age, throwing for 379 passing yards and 4 touchdowns (to a pair of interceptions). Brady’s favorite target Rob Gronkowski also turned back the clock, finishing the night with 2 touchdowns on 90 receiving yards. That isn’t even to mention the impressive performances that wideouts Chris Godwin (9 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD) and Antonio Brown (5 receptions, 121 yards, 1 TD) had or that the Buccaneers defense held Ezekiel Elliott to just 33 rushing yards. In other words, Tampa has an extremely stacked roster and should be in the Super Bowl 56 conversation until the end of the season.
Packers Super Bowl Odds Fall
As mentioned earlier, there were some surprising outcomes in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season and the Green Bay Packers were a part of one of those games for all the wrong reasons. The Packers took on the New Orleans Saints in what was supposed to be a close game. Instead, the Saints dominated right from the start, thumping Green Bay to the tune of a 38-3 final score.
The Packers just didn’t seem right at any point in the game and looked like they had given up the moment they fell behind. Aaron Rodgers finished with just 133 passing yards and a pair of interceptions while the run game was even more dreadful (43 total rushing yards). Now, Green Bay has seen its Super Bowl odds dip following that embarrassing display.
The Packers’ Super Bowl 56 odds sit at +1800 after Week 1 — a downgrade from +1600 back in July. The thing is that — on paper, at least — Green Bay is better than its performance last week. There are too many good players on both sides of the ball for them not to be one of the top team’s in the NFC. Perhaps it was just a one-off experience and the Packers can prove that it was if they can dominate the lowly Detroit Lions in this week’s Monday Night Football matchup.