When the NFL odds of the future are released, the crystal ball doesn’t always provide the best answers. Will the Packers have Aaron Rodgers under center? How can the Buccaneers not repeat? Let’s review the best and worst values on prices to win the conference and Super Bowl:
Those Who Saw Through Rodgers-Packers Smoke Are Sitting Pretty
The Green Bay Packers were +600 to win the NFC and +1200 to claim the Super Bowl while Aaron Rodgers threw fits and not footballs. Those who saw through the smoke and believed that Rodgers would return – at least for one more year – are in tremendous shape with home-field advantage in the conference playoffs. The Packers have been pounded down to +175 and +375, which are the lowest numbers on the board. The preseason numbers were an eye-popping 22.08% and 13.36% greater.
Oh Henry! Titans Rose to Top Despite Stud RB Missing Most of 2021
The Tennessee Titans opened at +1400 to claim the AFC and +2800 to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl. Those who had faith that Tennessee could go all the way – or least to the final step – were probably relying on Derrick Henry to make that happen. Well the NFL’s best running back played only eight games, but the club remarkably secured the No. 1 seed. Henry is expected to return for the postseason, but the Titans are down to +325 and +800 when betting online. The preseason numbers were a significant 16.86% and 7.66% better.
Bengals, Bills, Cowboys Outperformed the Rest on the Odds Board
The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t given much hope in the future Las vegas odds at +7500 to win the AFC and +15000 to secure its first Super Bowl, but surprised everyone to claim the AFC North. Cincinnati boasts a dangerous combination in Joe Burrow and rookie Ja’Marr Chase, but you’re only getting +900 and +1800 at the moment. … The Buffalo Bills have become the new face of the AFC East, but there wasn’t a ton of support for future success at +600 for the AFC and +1200 for the Super Bowl. Those numbers are sitting at +375 and +750 after Buffalo and quarterback Josh Allen outlasted New England for its second straight division title … The Dallas Cowboys opened at +1400 for the NFC and +2800 for the Super Bowl. The NFC East champion enters the postseason at +660 and +1200, but a trip to Green Bay looms.
First Ones to Board Buccaneers’ Anticipated Cruise Ship Paid Price
The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into the offseason at +275 to win the NFC and a miniscule +500 to defend their title. Those who thought the Buccaneers would cruise to another championship backed up the money truck, but in hindsight, they should have waited. Injuries and other distractions took their toll on Tampa Bay. MVP candidate Tom Brady, 44, lost key weapons such as Chris Godwin (ACL) and Antonio Brown (waived), while Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans missed time with hamstring injuries. It all adds up to the Buccaneers growing to +350 and +750 while bringing a trip to the frozen tundra into play.
49ers’ Gold Rush Won’t Yield as Much to Those Who Arrived Early
Those who backed the San Francisco 49ers at +800 to claim the NFC and +1600 to win the Super Bowl had to sweat multiple times over whether the club would reach the postseason. The last one came in Week 18, when the 49ers delivered in a must-win situation against the Los Angeles Rams. While the bettors may have lost some weight, they also potentially cost themselves some coin as San Francisco sits at +1100 and +2200.
Waiting on Steelers, Chiefs Would Have Been the Right Thing to Do
The sentimentality of what is expected to be Ben Roethlisberger’s final season could have led to the Pittsburgh Steelers starting at +2200 to win the AFC and +4000 to claim the Super Bowl. Those numbers have reached an astronomical +4000 and +8000 but as Roethlisberger said this week, the Steelers aren’t supposed to be here. … The Kansas City Chiefs started 3-4, including a loss to Tennessee that ultimately cost them the No. 1 seed. Those who backed the Chiefs at +225 to win the AFC and +400 to claim their second Super Bowl in three years weren’t feeling good. Kansas City rallied and many NFL predictions have it the team to beat, but the Chiefs will do so at a reduced rate of +200 to claim the conference but a slightly higher +450 to win it all.