Week 16 of the NFL season concludes this evening with the Monday Night contest between the Bills and the Patriots, but the playoff picture has come into greater focus with the final week of the regular season just six days away.
The odds to win Super Bowl LV have also begun to harden as more of the playoff field has become known.
Here’s a quick rundown of the latest odds to win Super Bowl 55 including a quick summary of how they fared in Week 16.
Best Odds to Win Super Bowl 55
The Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) officially clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs on Sunday with their narrow 17-14 victory over Atlanta and remain as the odds-on favorite to win their second-consecutive Lombardi at +180.
Meanwhile the Green Bay Packers (12-3) inched one step closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with their 40-14 thumping of Tennessee on Sunday Night Football and have seen their Super Bowl odds improve to +525 as a result.
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The NFC is Wide Open
While the Chiefs look to be the class of the AFC (and for that matter the entire NFL), the top dog in the NFC is not as easy to identify.
The Packers can certainly make a strong case that they are the team to beat thanks to Aaron Rodgers’ surge to the top of the MVP leaderboard, but Alvin Kamara’s six-touchdown Christmas Day bonanza was a quick reminder that the Saints (+700 to win Super Bowl 55) are not going to go away quietly either.
Once upon a time the NFC West was considered to be the deepest division in football, but the Cardinals and Rams have limped to the finish line and will meet in Week 17 to determine one of the final remaining Wild Card spots, and depending on how Chicago fares in Green Bay, each team can still find themselves in the 14-team playoff field come the start of 2021.
Speaking of the NFC West, the Seahawks (+1000 to win Super Bowl 55) officially clinched the division when they defeated the aforementioned Rams 20-9. They have an outside shot at clinching the top seed in the NFC should they topple the San Francisco 49ers of Glendale and Green Bay and New Orleans both fall in their respective season finales, but in all likelihood, they will be slotted as the third seed and meet the winner of Sunday’s Week 17 matchup between Arizona and Los Angeles in the opening weekend of the playoffs.
The AFC Wild Card Race is Going to be Bonkers
While the NFC is pretty much figured out at this point with just three teams battling for two spots, the AFC can go in many different directions as only the Chiefs, Bills, and Steelers have secured a place in the race to Raymond James Stadium.
Here are the scenarios as we enter Week 17:
- Titans: Win OR Baltimore loss OR Indianapolis loss OR Miami loss.
- Dolphins: Win OR Baltimore loss OR Cleveland loss OR Indianapolis loss.
- Ravens: Win OR Cleveland loss OR Indianapolis loss.
- Browns: Win OR Indianapolis loss OR Tennessee loss plus Baltimore win plus Indianapolis win plus Miami win.
- Colts: Win AND one of the following: Tennessee loss/Baltimore loss/Cleveland loss/Miami loss.
Odds to Win Super Bowl 55 Entering Week 17