The final weekend of the 2021 NFL season was one to remember as Week 18 was filled with memorable moments. However, now that the regular season is in the books, it’s time to switch everyone’s attention to the playoffs. That also means that it’s time to talk about Super Bowl 56 contenders.
Fourteen teams will compete this postseason for a chance to win football’s ultimate prize: the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While several credible teams could make a case for why they should win the Super Bowl, the honor can only go to one.
Fortunately, BetOnline has released its updated Super Bowl 56 odds now that Week 18 is over. At +325 odds, the Green Bay Packers are favored to win the championship, according to the sportsbook.
The Packers were tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the best record this season (13-4), so it isn’t too much of a surprise to see them as the current championship favorites.
Nevertheless, Green Bay is a Super Bowl-worthy team because of their impressive offense. On one hand, Aaron Rodgers had another MVP-caliber season despite his age. He finished the year with 4,115 passing yards and 37 touchdowns to four interceptions, which helps when you have a wideout like Davante Adams (123 receptions, 1,553 yards, 11 touchdowns) to throw to.
Keeping that in mind, the Packers defense could use some work. While the defense started the year strong, Green Bay has allowed at least 28 points in five of its last seven games. The offense has bailed them out more often than not, but that’s not a risk worth taking in the postseason. If Rodgers and co. can keep the ball rolling and the D manages to step up, a Super Bowl 56 victory is a realistic possibility.
Chiefs Championship Odds
While the Packers are BetOnline’s odds-on favorites to win Super Bowl 56, the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t too far behind them at +500 — the best odds of any AFC team and second-best odds overall.
The Chiefs have been one of the most consistent teams in recent history, appearing in the last two Super Bowls. That streak seemed to be in jeopardy after Kansas City began the year on a rough note. It turned out to be a false alarm because the Chiefs bounced back in a big way, going 10-2 since Week 6 to finish with a 12-5 record, which was good enough to win the AFC West title.
Kansas City’s resurgence has been thanks to its much-improved defense. The Chiefs allowed just 16.8 points per game since they began their turnaround in Week 6, which ranked first across the NFL. Considering how they allowed a league-worst 32.6 PPG in their first five games, it’s important to give credit where it’s due. Without that change, they likely wouldn’t be seen as Super Bowl 56 contenders.
Meanwhile, you can’t discount what the offense did either. The Chiefs averaged 28.2 PPG this season, which ranked fourth in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes was great under center, finishing with over 4,800 passing yards and 37 TDs, while both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill went over 1,100 receiving yards again with nine touchdowns apiece.
The Chiefs still need to handle a lot before a potential Super Bowl 56 appearance. Nevertheless, many see them as the AFC team to beat for a reason and only time will tell if they can win their second championship in three seasons.
Super Bowl 56 Odds Tracker
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, January 10
- Green Bay Packers (+325)
- Kansas City Chiefs (+500)
- Buffalo Bills (+800)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+800)
- Tennessee Titans (+800)
- Dallas Cowboys (+1000)
- Los Angeles Rams (+1000)
- New England Patriots (+1600)
- Cincinnati Bengals (+2000)
- Arizona Cardinals (+2200)
- San Francisco 49ers (+2200)
- Las Vegas Raiders (+5000)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+6600)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+7000)
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