The 2020 NFL Draft has now come and gone, so the picture becomes a bit more clear as to who will be favored to win this season’s Super Bowl. Then again, we need to make sure the world is back to normal so that we can have an NFL season at all. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at where all 32 teams stand in terms of winning the Super Bowl – according to the odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
It comes as no surprise to see the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs as the odds-on favorites at +650. Now might be the time to strike on Kansas City, considering it struck gold on a luxury pick to close out the first round with RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU. It’s quite fascinating that he’ll be leaving an LSU team that just won the national championship and heading to a team that just won the Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens do it again, selecting one of the best draft classes in the league. This time the Ravens nailed their first two picks on linebacker Patrick Queen from LSU and running back J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State. Despite having a disappointing end to last season, Baltimore comes into 2020 with the second-best odds to win it all at +700.
We have been gloating about only AFC teams so far, but now it’s time to get the NFC involved in the discussion. In fact, the next seven teams with the best odds to win the Super Bowl all come from that conference.
The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers are the conference favorites by a wide margin at +900. San Francisco’s weekend was outstanding, getting offensive tackle Trent Williams via trade from the Washington Redskins for a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-round pick. In the draft, the 49ers nailed their pair of first-round picks in defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk from Arizona State.
A pair of NFC South teams – the New Orleans Saints (+1200) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1500) – come in with the next-best odds.
The Saints only had four picks in the entire draft but made it count with each of the first two picks, taking center Cesar Ruiz from Michigan and linebacker Zack Baun from Wisconsin. If you’re into narratives, this could very well be the last year for future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in the league. Perhaps, his teammates realize that and show a bit more vigor when the playoffs come around.
It’s worth noting that the Saints have lost each of their last two playoff games, both at home, on the final play in overtime. Could the luck be changing in their direction this season?
The Buccaneers find themselves in an unfamiliar spot – in the hunt for the Super Bowl. The additions of another future Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski have the city rejuvenated for big things.
Tampa Bay got some exceptional talent in the first two rounds, taking offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs from Iowa and safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. from Minnesota. The Buccaneers capitalized in the third and fourth rounds on running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn from Vanderbilt and wide receiver Tyler Johnson from Minnesota.
It was a tale of two cities in the draft for the Dallas Cowboys (+1700) and Green Bay Packers (+1900), who are now trending in opposite directions.
The Cowboys got the steal of the draft at No. 17 in wide receiver CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma and kept rolling along with cornerbacks Trevon Diggs from Alabama and Reggie Robinson II in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. Dallas also scooped defensive tackle Neville Gallimore from Oklahoma in the third round.
As for the Packers, yikes! Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been looking for offensive help in the first round since he got there. Well, that trend continues.
Green Bay took quarterback Jordan Love with its first-round pick, even trading up to land him – much to the dismay of the Cheeseheads all around the world. The Packers would then take running back A.J. Dillion from Boston College in the second round and tight end Josiah Deguara from Cincinnati in the third round. Neither move is expected to make much of an impact.
The Rest Of The Story
All of these teams have somewhat of a realistic shot to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. But let’s close out by taking a look at the remaining team’s odds:
- Seattle Seahawks: +2100
- Philadelphia Eagles: +2300
- New England Patriots: +2300
- Indianapolis Colts: +2400
- Pittsburgh Steelers: +2400
- Buffalo Bills: +2500
- Los Angeles Rams: +2700
- Minnesota Vikings: +2700
- Tennessee Titans: +3000
- Los Angeles Chargers: +3200
- Cleveland Browns: +3400
- Chicago Bears: +4000
- Atlanta Falcons: +4600
- Houston Texans: +4600
- Arizona Cardinals: +5000
- Denver Broncos: +6000
- Las Vegas Raiders: +6000
- Detroit Lions: +6600
- Carolina Panthers: +7000
- New York Jets: +7000
- Miami Dolphins: +8000
- New York Giants: +8000
- Cincinnati Bengals: +15000
- Washington Redskins: +15000
- Jacksonville Jaguars: +16000