The Bucs, Saints, Rams, Browns and Bills won wildcard games setting up a massive NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend. Check out what happened to Super Bowl odds after the wildcard winners notched their victories.
Updated Super Bowl Odds: Kansas City Shows Odds Softness
2021 Super Bowl LV
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
|2021 Super Bowl LV||Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+180|
|New Orleans Saints||+600|
|Green Bay Packers||+400|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+800|
Odds on the defending champs tick up +5
The Kansas City Chiefs start their quest for a second straight Super Bowl on Sunday, January 17. The Chiefs are a big favorite to win the title. After the wildcard games, though, a few teams have garnered interest.
Enough interest has flown to the Saints, Bucs, Bills, and Ravens that Kansas City’s odds to make it two in a row have again gone up. Before the wildcard contests, the Chiefs were +175 favorites. Now, they’re at +180.
By the time KC kicks it off versus the upstart Cleveland Browns, their odds could be around +190. Although at +180 Kansas City remains a big favorite, the trend shows lessening enthusiasm.
After beating the New Orleans Saints in Week 15, KC’s odds dropped to +150, which means the Chiefs’ odds have been trending up since before the final regular season week. Kansas City plays a strong, tough, on fire team in the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Most don’t believe the Browns can win the Super Bowl, check out their odds, but many feel Cleveland will give KC a game. The Chiefs allow 122 rushing yards per game, ranking twenty-first in the category. The Browns average 148.4 rushing yards per.
Also, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield has a 6-to-0 TD to INT ratio in the Browns’ last four games. Baker torched the Steelers for 3 TD passes and 263 yards in the wildcard win. Don’t be surprised if the Browns make life tough for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday.
Ravens versus Bills could be the key NFL Divisional Playoff game
If the Browns provide the amazing upset win against Kansas City, the winner between Ravens – Bills becomes the AFC favorite. Even if the Chiefs beat Cleveland, odds on the Ravens versus Bills winner could be much lower.
It depends on how badly Kansas City beats the Browns. As for Baltimore at Buffalo, the game is a toss-up. Both teams looked good in their wildcard victories.
The Ravens may have a slight edge. Their defense held the Titans to 51 rushing yards. Keep that in mind when deciding on who to back either on the moneyline or against the spread.
Bucs getting overplayed in matchup with Saints
Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are led by the greatest quarterback of all time. But the spread in their third game against the New Orleans Saints seems much too low.
New Orleans drilled the Bucs 38-3 in the last head-to-head. In the game before, the Saints beat Tampa by 11. If the Saints had played awful in the win against the Bears, maybe 3 points makes sense.
But New Orleans didn’t. They dominated Chicago in the workmanlike 21-9 win. The Bears got a garbage time touchdown. The Buccaneers yielded over 300 passing yards to WFT backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke. What do you think Drew Brees is going to do?
If you like the Bucs, go for it. Just make sure to do your handicapping before jumping on the bandwagon.
Rams versus Packers kicks off NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend
The Green Bay Packers are favored to win the NFC. They’re the second choice to take the Super Bowl. It makes sense because Green Bay sends likely NFL Season MVP Aaron Rodgers to the field.
The Packers matchup on Saturday isn’t a good one, though. The Rams have one of the best, if not the best, defensive lines in football. Jalen Ramsey can cover Davante Adams 1-on-1. Nobody can stop Aaron Donald.
That doesn’t mean the Rams upset the Packers. It just means that before laying the 7 on Green Bay, possibly more points by kickoff, we must consider all angles.
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