Okay, BetUS NFL online betting football faithful…when it comes to identifying the handful of teams that have the best chances of reaching Super Bowl 55 this season, it’s really not an overly difficult task.
In the NFC, there’s Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady and the revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. In the AFC, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers lead the way, followed closely by conference rivals like Baltimore, Buffalo and Tennessee, first and foremost.
However, identifying the exact two teams that could potentially meet in Super Bowl 55 is definitely a bit more difficult. No matter.
While identifying the top sportsbook betting favorites in each conference isn’t very hard, the task does become more difficult when you add in the handful slightly lesser favored Super Bowl contenders that could potentially rise up to beat out their higher favored conference counterparts en route to reaching Super Bowl 55. Thankfully, I’m going to drop some fun-filled knowledge on why several Super Bowl pairings could actually happen. Let’s get to it!
Saints vs Chiefs +900
It’s no wonder the Saints vs. the Chiefs is the prohibitive favorite matchup to meet in Super Bowl Odds. New Orleans is currently 6-2 and sitting atop the NFC South standings. More importantly, the Saints have beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice this season with both wins coming by double digits including their stunning 38-3 Week 9 rout in Tampa no less. New Orleans ranks a stellar fourth in scoring (30.5 ppg) while simultaneously ranking a solid 14th in points allowed (25.0 ppg). The Saints have a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees that has looked better with each passing week and a defense that ranks a stellar second against the run and 12th against the pass.
As far as the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are concerned, Kansas City is sitting at a near-perfect 8-1 heading into Week 10. The Chiefs are ranked second in scoring (31.8 ppg) and a fantastic sixth in points allowed (20.3 ppg). While Kansas City does rank a dismal 28th against the run, the Chiefs also rank sixth against the pass. More importantly, the Chiefs have arguably the best quarterback on the face of the planet in 2018 league MVP Patrick Mahomes and a plethora of weapons at the skill positions that no other team can match. Simply put, seeing these two teams meet in Super Bowl 55 just isn’t very difficult.
Saints vs Steelers +1400
There’s another potential Super Bowl pairing involving New Orleans that is offering even more value at +1400 odds and could definitely take place. Opposite the Saints, could be the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers. The AFC North leaders are ranked a stellar fifth in scoring (29.4 ppg) despite ranking an uninspiring 22nd in passing and 19th in rushing. Pittsburgh’s real strength however is on the defensive side of the ball where the Steelers rank sixth overall, fifth against the pass, ninth against the run, and fifth in points allowed (20.1 ppg). While the Steelers haven’t beaten a bunch of elite teams so far, their consecutive wins over Tennessee and Baltimore should serve as notice that the Steelers could beat anyone in a one-game playoff scenario.
Two more potential Super Bowl matchups featuring New Orleans are offering even more value if Buffalo or Tennessee manages to win the AFC, but more on both of those AFC contenders in just a bit.
Saints vs Bills +3500
Saints vs Titans +4500
Now, let’s move on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Each of the following three possible Super Bowl matchups is offering a ton of value, particularly if the Bucs end up facing the Titans.
Buccaneers vs Chiefs +1000
Buccaneers vs Steelers +1600
Buccaneers vs Titans +5000
Tampa Bay is 6-3 and sitting in second place in the NFC South heading into Week 10. The Bucs have been mostly rock-solid on defense, if you take out their two huge losses against New Orleans that is. Tampa Bay ranks a stupendous fourth in total defense, first against the run, and ninth in points allowed (22.6 ppg). However, there have been some hiccups along the way, mostly on the offensive side of the ball. The Bucs are ranked an uninspiring 22nd in total offense, 16th in passing and a dismal 30th in rushing, though Tampa Bay does rank a solid ninth in scoring (27.8 ppg).
Future Hall of Fame signal-caller Tom Brady has been good, but certainly not great while tossing 20 TD passes, but seven costly interceptions. To make matters worse, five of those picks have come in Tampa Bay’s two losses against the division rival Saints, including three ugly picks in the Bucs’ 38-3 Week 10 blowout loss against New Orleans, at home no less.
As far as the Titans are concerned, Tennessee has been damned good on the offensive side of the ball in ranking 10th overall, 20th in passing, sixth in rushing and seventh in scoring (29.0 ppg). Defensively, Tennessee has been mediocre across the board in ranking 25th overall, 27th against the pass, 17th against the run and 16th in points allowed (25.1 ppg). Still, Tennessee showed just last season that they are capable of making a deeper than expected run in the playoffs, so, I’m not ruling out Derrick Henry and company as a legitimate Super Bowl contender right now.
Packers vs Ravens +3000
Moving right along, the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens also look like very legitimate contenders to reach Super Bowl 55. Green Bay is 6-2 and atop the NFC North standings heading into Week 10.
The Packers are ranked seventh in total offense, eighth in passing, and 10th in rushing while ranking a stellar third in scoring (31.6 ppg). On the other side of the ball, Green Bay hasn’t been awful by any stretch of the imagination, but they are far from dominant in any phase in ranking 11th overall, 13th against the pass, 12th against the run, but an uninspiring 17th in points allowed (25.5 ppg).
While future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been outstanding by completing 67.5 percent of his passes with 24 TD tosses and just two interceptions, Green Bay clearly has a lack of talent at the wide receiver position once you get past Pro Bowl wideout Davante Adams.
As far as the Baltimore Ravens and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson are concerned, the Ravens also look like they’re going to challenge for a berth in Super Bowl 55. Baltimore is 6-2 right now and ranks an encouraging eighth in scoring (28.4 ppg) and a phenomenal first in fewest points allowed (17.8 ppg).
I know Jackson has struggled against the Chiefs and looked pedestrian at best in Baltimore’s Week 7 loss against Pittsburgh, but the Ravens still have the look of a team that could beat just about anyone in a one-game playoff setting. Two more possible Super Bowl matchups featuring the Packers could also take place and one is offering a stunning +5000 odds of happening.
Packers vs Chiefs +1000
Packers vs Titans +5000
Seahawks vs Bills +5000
Last, but certainly not least, the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills also look like two teams that are going to be difficult to dispatch once the postseason rolls around. The Seahawks are sitting atop the NFC West standings at 6-2 heading into Week 10, mostly because of their explosive offense and the MVP caliber play of superstar quarterback Russell Wilson. Seattle ranks third in total offense, first in passing and 14th in rushing while leading the NFL in scoring (34.3 ppg). The bad news is that Seattle has been pretty awful on defense in ranking dead last against the pass and 30th in points allowed (30.4 ppg). Still, I think Seattle could potentially reach Super Bowl 55 by simply outscoring their NFC counterparts once the playoffs begin.
As far as the Bills are concerned, Buffalo is sitting atop the AFC East standings at a fantastic 7-2 heading into Week 10. The Bills are ranked 12th in total offense, seventh in passing, 25th in rushing, and 14th in scoring (26.5 ppg). While Buffalo has some mediocre numbers across the board defensively in ranking 18th overall, 15th against the pass, 21st against the run, and 19th in points allowed (25.9 ppg), the Bills can apparently dial up a powerful defensive effort whenever they choose to. While Buffalo smacked Seattle around in their Week 9 interconference clash, I could see these two meet again in Super Bowl 55, even if it isn’t the most likely pairing of possible Super Bowl matchups.