Super Bowl LV just happened, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking down the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. And soon after the game ended, the odds for next year’s Super Bowl emerged from the Westgate SuperBook, because it’s never too soon to look ahead (maybe it is, but we’re doing it anyway).

Despite getting pummeled on Sunday night, the Chiefs are still the favorites to win Super Bowl LVI at 5/1 odds, and that’s no surprise. After all, they won the Super Bowl last season, and they have the most valuable player at the most important position in sports. Patrick Mahomes is still just 25 years old. As long as he’s around (and that figures to be for a long, long time), the Chiefs will be the team to beat (or right up there at the very least).

The Chiefs are followed on the odds by the defending champion Buccaneers, who have 8/1 odds. Then come the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers at 10/1 odds, followed by the Baltimore Ravens at 12/1 odds, the New Orleans Saints at 14/1 odds, the Los Angeles Rams at 16/1 (after the Matthew Stafford trade) and San Francisco 49ers at 16/1 odds, the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks at 20/1 odds, and the Arizona Cardinals at 25/1 odds.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and New York Jets are all tied for the worst title odds, at 100/1.

Here’s a full look at the Super Bowl LVI odds, via the Westgate Superbook:

Kansas City Chiefs 5/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8/1
Buffalo Bills 10/1
Green Bay Packers 10/1
Baltimore Ravens 12/1
New Orleans Saints 14/1
Los Angeles Rams 16/1
San Francisco 49ers 16/1
Miami Dolphins 20/1
Seattle Seahawks 20/1
Arizona Cardinals 25/1
Cleveland Browns 30/1
Dallas Cowboys 30/1
Indianapolis Colts 30/1
Los Angeles Chargers 30/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 30/1
Las Vegas Raiders 40/1
Minnesota Vikings 40/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Carolina Panthers 50/1
Atlanta Falcons 60/1
Chicago Bears 60/1
Denver Broncos 60/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 60/1
New England Patriots 60/1
Philadelphia Eagles 60/1
New York Giants 80/1
Washington Football Team 80/1
Cincinnati Bengals 100/1
Detroit Lions 100/1
Houston Texans 100/1
New York Jets 100/1

At first glance, the odds for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos seem a little surprising at 60/1. The Jaguars will surely draft Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, and they have tons of cap space to work with. Sure, it’s possible Lawrence immediately looks like a star and Jacksonville makes some notable additions in free agency, but it’s still hard to imagine they go from a one-win team to an NFL champion in one year. The Broncos went 5-11 in 2020 and still need a quarterback (Drew Lock doesn’t appear to be it), while being stuck in the same division as the Chiefs.

Maybe the oddsmakers think the Broncos have a legitimate shot at Deshaun Watson? The current Texans quarterback would significantly boost the chances of any team he’s added to, of course (and clearly the oddsmakers think he’ll either be traded or get absolutely no help in that messy Houston situation if he stays). And with that thinking, the Carolina Panthers — who made a huge push for Stafford — at 50/1 are a very appealing bet. Put Watson on the Panthers and they immediately become a very dangerous team.

After last year’s Super Bowl, the Chiefs were Super Bowl LV favorites at the exact same 5/1 odds. How about the Buccaneers? They were 60/1 odds! That was a month before Tom Brady stunningly joined Tampa Bay, of course. Let that serve as a lesson for the current Super Bowl LVI odds: if you think you have a hunch where Watson or _ other great quarterback could land, it may be worth jumping on favorable odds now while you can.

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

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