The 2020 NFL Draft is behind us, and the preparation for the new season can begin.
I can’t wait to see Tom Brady in the action with his new team, while the upcoming 2020 NFL season could be one of the most exciting in recent history.
Therefore, it’s about the right time to take a closer look at the Super Bowl 2021 favorites and sleepers. The online betting sites have already announced their odds, and it’s a perfect moment for bettors to make some early projections and wagers.
Super Bowl LV Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +650
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- San Francisco 49ers +800
- New Orleans Saints +1100
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1100
- Dallas Cowboys +1600
- Green Bay Packers +1800
- Philadelphia Eagles +1800
- New England Patriots +1800
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
- Seattle Seahawks +2000
- Buffalo Bills +2000
- LA Rams +2500
- Minnesota Vikings +2500
- Tennessee Titans +2500
- Indianapolis Colts +2800
- Cleveland Browns +2800
- LA Chargers +3300
- Chicago Bears +3300
- Atlanta Falcons +3300
- Houston Texans +4000
- Denver Broncos +4500
- Arizona Cardinals +4500
- Las Vegas Raiders +5000
- New York Jets +7000
- Miami Dolphins +8000
- New York Giants +8000
- Carolina Panthers +8000
- Detroit Lions +8000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Washington Redskins +10000
Since the New England Patriots in 2004, nobody has managed to win back-to-back championships. However, according to all relevant sportsbooks, the reigning champs Kansas City Chiefs are the strongest favorites to win the Super Bowl LV alongside the Baltimore Ravens.
The defending vice-champions San Francisco 49ers are also among the strongest favorites, as well as the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Top Super Bowl Contenders in 2020
The Chiefs, Ravens, 49ers, Saints, and Buccaneers are leading the way in the Super Bowl 2021 odds for a reason, so let’s take a look at each contender.
Kansas City Chiefs
Despite all the problems on the defensive end, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl LIV thanks to their tremendous offensive unit. Patrick Mahomes was fantastic under center, earning the Super Bowl MVP Award; Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins led the receiving corps, while Travis Kelce proved that he’s one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
The Chiefs kept all their offensive weapons, so it’s fair to say they possess the most dangerous offensive unit in the league. Also, they acquired the veteran OT Mike Remmers and TE Ricky Seals-Jones, while cornerback Antonio Hamilton should strengthen the Chiefs’ fragile secondary.
Although Kansas City’s defense could be a big issue once again, it’s hard to bet against Patrick Mahomes, who can lean on some terrific playmakers. Under Andy Reid, Mahomes has become a true magician, so I would be surprised if the Chiefs fail to reach the AFC Championship Game. Tom Brady left the AFC, and the Ravens look like the only team capable of stopping Mahomes and Kansas City.
After earning the best record in the NFL this past regular season, the Baltimore Ravens surprisingly exited in the AFC Divisional Round. They lost to the Tennessee Titans 28-12 as massive 10-point home favorites.
The Ravens leaned on Lamar Jackson too much. They were young and inexperienced and lacked one or two top-notch wide receivers to help Lamar in the playoffs. TE Mark Andrews was Jackson’s favorite target and will remain the first option in 2020.
Lamar Jackson had a wonderful sophomore season, throwing for 3127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. He also added 1206 yards and seven touchdowns on his own to fully deserve the MVP Award.
However, Lamar won’t win the championship without some tough players around him. The Ravens have a solid defense and a terrific ground game, but it seems they have to acquire a WR to help Jackson.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers will return stronger than ever. They got two first-round picks at the 2020 NFL Draft, their defense has the potential to dominate the league once more, and the Niners’ offense looks fully stacked.
San Francisco’s ground game was ridiculous in 2019 and should be even better in 2020. The Niners’ three-head monster is their biggest strength offensively, but don’t estimate Jimmy Garoppolo, who can count on one of the toughest tight ends in the league, George Kittle.
The 49ers’ receiving corps could be their biggest issue, as it lacks experience. Deebo Samuel enters his second season after tallying 57 receptions for 802 yards and three touchdowns this past regular season, while rookie Brandon Aiyuk will need some time to adapt.
Still, the Niners seem like a well-balanced team, and it would be a huge upset if they miss the playoffs. I expect them in the Super Bowl LV.
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is back for another season to take one more shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Michael Thomas is arguably the best WR in the NFL, while the Saints acquired Emmanuel Sanders to make a superb one-two punch.
On the other hand, the Saints won’t reach Super Bowl LV if Alvin Kamara continues with poor performance. The third-round pick from the 2017 draft has been outstanding through his first two seasons, but Kamara was one of the biggest disappointments in 2019.
The Saints’ defense remains fathomless. Don’t be surprised if they struggle for the first two months, but the Saints possess enough talent to put together a strong defensive unit. I’m pretty sure the Saints will easily reach the postseason, but they will have to step up big in January if they want to win Super Bowl LV.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers had the best run D in the league in 2019, but their secondary was terrible. Also, Jameis Winston threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, becoming the first QB in NFL history to record at least 30 touchdowns and 30 picks.
When a QB throws for 30-plus interceptions, your team is doomed. Now, Tom Brady is under center for the Bucs, which seems like a massive improvement. Also, Brady will rely on one of the most talented group of WRs in the league.
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are both terrific playmakers, but that’s not all. Rob Gronkowski decided to return from retirement, so the Buccaneers’ offense looks terrifying. If they manage to pick up the pieces on the defensive end, the Bucs will be a huge force in the NFC.
Super Bowl Sleepers for 2020
The five teams above are the most likely bets to win the Super Bowl, but they’re not the only options to consider. The sleeper teams below are worth looking at as well.
With Mike McCarthy at the helm, the Cowboys hope for a successful season. The former Packers head coach and the Super Bowl XLV champ will have a tall task to assemble this Cowboys team that certainly doesn’t lack talent on both sides of the ball.
Ezekiel Elliott is a great force in the backfield, while Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb will lead Dallas’ receiving corps. Dak Prescott has signed the new contract, and the Cowboys’ fans hope he will justify the huge amount of money.
Furthermore, the Cowboys have an excellent offensive line, while their defense should be among the best in the league in the upcoming season. If Mike McCarthy manages to build good chemistry, the Cowboys can go far.
Russell Wilson put on a strong performance in 2019, but the Seahawks exited in the divisional round after beating the Eagles 17-9 in the wild-card game. They struggled with injuries and entered the postseason with Marshawn Lynch as their starting RB.
With healthy Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ ground game can beat anybody. Seattle had some big problems on the defensive end last year and still made it to the playoffs, so with a slight improvement, the Seahawks could be a real dark horse in the NFC.
The Bills need to forget a painful overtime loss to the Texans in the last season’s wild-card clash and fully concentrate on what lays ahead. They possess enough talent to be the best defensive team in the league, while Josh Allen needs to continue his development.
Buffalo’s offense was well-balanced in 2019, and Stefon Diggs’ arrival should be a massive boost for the Bills. Sean McDermott enters his fourth year at the Bills’ helm, looking for the third playoff appearance, so I really like this Buffalo team.
They certainly lack experience, especially on the offensive end. Still, the Bills are my first choice this early and look quite tempting at +2000 odds.
My Super Bowl LV Prediction
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the rematch between the Chiefs and 49ers. That hasn’t happened since 1994 when the Buffalo Bills lost their third straight Super Bowl and second in a row to the Dallas Cowboys.
I expect to see the clash between the Chiefs and Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, and I would go with the Ravens at this point. On the other side, the battle in the NFC should be far more interesting. The 49ers look like the strongest favorite, but don’t write off the Bucs, Saints, or Cowboys.
- San Francisco 49ers +800