Commencing with almost every new NFL season is futures wagering on the previous year’s champion. Ironically enough futures NFL betting is more often than not based on the past instead of what is ahead. And in an era in which it’s rare for a team to repeat as Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs at 9/2 may not be the best bet. In fact, the last team to repeat as a Super Bowl champions were the 2004 and 2005 New England Patriots. Let’s examine some of the top teams on the board for the 2020 NFL season.
2020 NFL Futures Odds
|Odds to Win Super Bowl LV:||Kansas City 9/2, Baltimore Ravens 7/1, San Francisco 49ers 8/1, New Orleans Saints 12/1, Dallas Cowboys 12/1, New England Patriots 12/1, Philadelphia Eagles 18/1, Pittsburgh Steelers 20/1, Green Bay Packers 20/1, Seattle Seahawks 20/1, Los Angeles Rams 25/1, Las Vegas Raiders 30/1, Chicago Bears 30/1, Minnesota 30/1, Tennessee Titans 40/1, Los Angeles Chargers 40/1, Houston Texans 40/1, Buffalo Bills 40/1, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40/1, Indianapolis Colts 40/1, Cleveland Browns 50/1, Atlanta Falcons 50/1, Denver Broncos 50/1, Arizona Cardinals 80/1, Detroit Lions 80/1, New York Giants 80/1, New York Jets 100/1, Jacksonville Jaguars 100/1, Carolina Panthers 100/1, Miami Dolphins 100/1, Cincinnati Bengals 200/1, Washington Redskins 200/1|
Kansas City Chiefs
At the beginning of any look at the Chiefs is quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In the ultimate team sport, Mahomes stands apart as an individual impact player. In all three of the Chiefs postseason games Mahomes rallied KC from seemingly insurmountable deficits. Certainly, Kansas City will be in the Super Bowl conversation for sure. But as we saw in their 2019 run the online betting margin is razor-thin.
First seed in the AFC Baltimore with most valuable player Lamar Jackson is already getting plenty of NFL betting action. Of course, the Ravens suffered a stunning 28-12 home loss to the upstart Tennessee Titans in the playoffs. That loss has not scared off prospective gamblers looking at one of the most complete teams in the NFL. Namely, Jackson did get all of the headlines. But the stout Baltimore defense became one of the best in the league.
San Francisco 49ers
Encompassing their arrival from the bushes is San Francisco something of a question mark for 2020. In the same way, as the Chiefs are the 49ers something of a wager based on 2019. Keep in mind the Los Angeles Rams were big favorites to win the NFC West. Now the question is if the Rams return as the top team in the division or do San Francisco now have full ownership? Coach Kyle Shanahan’s team proved to be complete and fundamentally sound. However, they lacked the dynamism of the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints
Increasingly the Super Bowl window is closing on the Saints. Drew Brees will be back at quarterback but the defense slipped badly in 2019 after an impressive 2018.
Of course, “America’s Team” gets plenty of cash thrown their way every year on the futures board. Most important of all the Cowboys have a new Super Bowl championship coach in Mike McCarthy. But the contract negotiations with Dak Prescott have dragged on to the irritation of all. Dallas has been all hat and no cattle when it comes to the Super Bowl since 1995.