Nothing is ever guaranteed in the NFL. No team is bullet-proof, so even the league’s top Super Bowl contenders can have a disastrous season. While unlikely, there is a chance it could happen, given their lofty expectations on the NFL betting odds. What would it take for the top contenders to have a worst-case scenario?
These Top NFL Contenders Will Fail If …
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +600
- To Win The Division: -250
- To Make The Playoffs: -550
The Buffalo Bills are the online gambling odds’ favorite to win Super Bowl LVII, thanks to the presence of Josh Allen and the addition of Von Miller. The team signs Odell Beckham Jr at Miller’s behest. However, while Allen and the offense regress without Brian Daboll, Miller fails to make an impact. The team struggles and Beckham becomes a distraction. The defense fails to contain rushing attacks. With a tough schedule, the Bills limp to a 10-7 record and are one-and-done in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +750
- To Win The Division: -300
- To Make The Playoffs: -600
Max Kellerman may have finally stopped with the “Brady falls off a cliff” theory, but it will eventually happen this season. The 45-year-old is not the same quarterback and struggles, especially without his best guy, Rob Gronkowski. The defense is also not as prolific as Tampa Bay Buccaneers faces a better-than-expected NFC South and misses the playoffs with a 9-8 record.
Kansas City Chiefs
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +1000
- To Win The Division: +160
- To Make The Playoffs: -215
Patrick Mahomes’ nightmare second-half against the Cincinnati Bengals in last season’s playoffs was a sign of things to come. He gets worse as a quarterback. JuJu Smith-Schuster is washed up and the Tyreek Hill trade tanks Kansas City Chiefs’ offense. With an already mediocre defense, KC can’t keep up with its AFC West rivals and misses the playoffs as the worst team in the division.
Los Angeles Rams
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +1100
- To Win The Division: +125
- To Make The Playoffs: -260
Los Angeles Rams face a severe “Super Bowl hangover” and start the season slowly. With the toughest NFL schedule, Los Angeles can’t quite recover from the slow start. Matthew Stafford and the offense become inconsistent due to the losses on the offensive line and adjusting to the new coaching staff. While the defense remains solid, the Rams lose plenty of close games and miss the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +1200
- To Win The Division: -200
- To Make The Playoffs: -550
Aaron Rodgers is putting together another MVP-like season when he gets lit up because none of his receivers can get open. With a banged-up Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are overtaken by the new-and-improved Minnesota Vikings. They still make it to the playoffs but get eliminated by Minnesota in the Wild Card round. Rodgers promptly retires.
Los Angeles Chargers
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +1400
- To Win The Division: +250
- To Make The Playoffs: -170
Folks betting online on the Los Angeles Chargers are in for another doozy. Los Angeles gets bit by the injury bug and loses half of its starters by Week 10. But Justin Herbert emerges as the MVP favorite for carrying the Chargers to a playoff position … until he himself gets taken out by injury in the final three weeks as the Chargers are in must-win games. They miss the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers
- To Win Super Bowl LVII: +1600
- To Win The Division: +175
- To Make The Playoffs: -210
Trey Lance is not who Kyle Shanahan thought he was. Despite showing some promise, Lance becomes an infuriatingly inconsistent quarterback. The San Francisco 49ers’ defense deteriorates and gets taken to school by opposing QBs. Even the Rams, a team Shanahan typically beats, sweeps them as they miss the playoffs and finish with a losing record.