The NFL season is officially back and while the teams have just started their 2019 campaign, the talk about Super Bowl 54 has already started.
Betting sites have already come up with their favorites and these lines have been posted as early as right after the previous Super Bowl. It’s not a surprise that last season’s Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots are favored to win again. The Pats have been the most consistent team in the league in the last two decades and although age has taken some wind out of the Brady-Belichick partnership, they proved that they still have what it takes to win it all. The departure of Rob Gronkowski was supposed to deal them a blow but the signing of Antonio Brown makes them all the more dangerous.
Here are the odds to win Super Bowl 54. Odds taken from TitanBet as of 9/10/19:
- New England Patriots +375
- Kansas City Chiefs +750
- Los Angeles Rams+900
- New Orleans Saints +900
Who are the Favorites?
The New England Patriots are the NFL betting favorites to win it all again this season. New England is the most dominant team of this era as the two decades partnership between quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick have produced a total of six Super Bowl victories. The Patriots have represented the AFC in five out of the last six Super Bowls and they have won three during that period, including last season when they upended Jared Goff and the upstart Los Angeles Rams 13-3 at Super Bowl LIII. New England lost Rob Gronkowski during the summer but have added the controversial Antonio Brown just recently. If the AB experiment works for them, I think we are going to see Brady’s Bunch do something special again this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs rode the unreal season of quarterback Patrick Mahomes to post a 12-4 regular season record. Mahomes had a spectacular year where he became the first player from the Kansas City franchise to win NFL MVP. The Chiefs won their third straight AFC West title last season and made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The Chiefs advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since 1993 but the Mahomes magical season ended in the AFC Championship game where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions New England Patriots. With Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce a year older, the Chiefs should be able to give New England a better challenge this season.
The Los Angeles Rams improved from 11-5 in 2017 to 13-3 last season as Jared Goff had a really excellent season. Los Angeles clinched the NFC West for the second straight season and they made the playoffs in back to back years. Last season marked the first time since 1979 where the Rams won back to back division titles and last year was also the first time they made two straight postseason appearances since 2004. Their 13 wins was also their best since 1999. The Rams went on to defeat the top seeded New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game. Los Angeles won in overtime 26-23 in a game marred by controversy. If Todd Gurley can regain his old form and stay healthy, Jared Goff and the Rams should have another good run this year.
The New Orleans Saints were the #1 seed in the NFL playoffs last season after posting a 13-3 record. It marked the first time since 2009 when they enjoyed home field advantage throughout the postseason. New Orleans had a ten-game winning streak during the season to ensure that they will finish with a winning record for the second straight season. The Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to earn their second straight NFC South Division title. Unfortunately, their run ended in the NFC title game where they lost in overtime to the Rams in controversial fashion. With the tandem of Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara returning plus a talented wide receiver unit, the Saints are among the favorites to go all the way this season.
The AFC has won five out of the last seven Super Bowls. In the last six Super Bowls, it’s either been the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos who have represented the AFC East. New England has played in four out of the last five Super Bowls and they have three wins during that period. In the last 16 Super Bowls, Tom Brady has been the AFC quarterback 8 times. Now you might say that Brady is no longer the Brady of old and is rather the old Brady given his age. But don’t forget that he threw for 341 yards with three touchdowns and zero picks during the Pats’ 33-3 opening week win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you ask me, I don’t think age is a factor for Brady right now. The guy is aging fine like wine. The Patriots also added wide receiver Antonio Brown in a surprise signing and if all goes well, New England should be much better with that kind of weapon. No question, the New England Patriots are still the team to beat this season and at +375, take them while you still can. Prediction: New England Patriots.