Updated Betting Lines Ahead Of 2021 NFL Season Start

With the preseason in the rearview and September about to begin, there is no better time to make a final set of picks for the 2021 NFL season and predictions for Super Bowl LVI.

Oddsmakers have been tinkering with betting lines to account for a flurry of transactions, injuries and other happenings around the league over the last month or so. With the exhibition slate now finished, sportsbooks have settled on futures odds that aren’t likely to move again until after some Week 1 action plays out.

Here’s a look at the latest Super Bowl odds for each team, courtesy of FanDuel:

2022 Super Bowl LVI Odds

  • Chiefs: +500
  • Buccaneers: +650
  • Bills: +1200
  • Packers: +1200
  • Ravens: +1400
  • 49ers: +1400
  • Rams: +1500
  • Browns: +1600
  • Seahawks: +2000
  • Titans: +2500
  • Saints: +3000
  • Cowboys: +3000
  • Colts: +3000
  • Dolphins: +3200
  • Chargers: +3300
  • Patriots: +3700
  • Vikings: +4000
  • Broncos: +4100
  • Steelers: +4400
  • Cardinals: +4800
  • Bears: +5000
  • Washington: +5000
  • Falcons: +6000
  • Giants: +7000
  • Eagles: +7500
  • Raiders: +7500
  • Panthers: +9000
  • Jets: +12000
  • Bengals: +12000
  • Jaguars: +12000
  • Lions: +18000
  • Texans: +25000

It’s no surprise that the Chiefs (+500) and Buccaneers (+650) are still the two heavy favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy. These teams, which have won the two most recent championships and clashed in last year’s Super Bowl, are clearly the class of the NFL right now and only improved during the offseason.

Kansas City retooled its entire offensive line after it was exposed by an unstoppable Tampa pass rush on the biggest stage. The franchise spared no expense in improving star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ protection following the Super Bowl collapse. The Chiefs signed one of the game’s top interior offensive linemen in guard Joe Thuney and traded for an elite left tackle in Orlando Brown Jr., Kansas City’s most notable moves in a series of acquisitions meant to bolster the offensive trenches for 2021.

Tampa Bay had a much quieter offseason, opting to keep the band together after winning the franchise’s second Super Bowl title. The front office deserves praise for retaining every key free agent, including dishing out big bucks to hang onto star edge-rusher Shaquil Barrett, franchise-tagging elite receiver Chris Godwin and convincing veterans like TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Lavonte David to come back for another run. With future Hall of Famer Tom Brady still under center, it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping this squad from making another championship push.

Bookmakers believe the Bills—led by rising star Josh Allen, the quarterback who became the league’s second-highest paid player this offseason—have the best chance to play spoiler to the Chiefs in the AFC, installing Buffalo at a respectable +1200 to win it all this year. In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers have the same odds to claim the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl victory, an endeavor that became much more realistic after reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers decided to rejoin the team after wanting out earlier in the offseason

Other realistic contenders going into the 2021 NFL season include the Ravens (+1400), 49ers (+1400), Rams (+1500) and Browns (+1600), all of whom have better than 20-1 odds of winning Super Bowl LVI.

San Francisco is one of the most intriguing of that bunch, as the club missed out on the postseason entirely last year after coming up just short in the Super Bowl two years ago. The team was devastated by injuries in 2020, but should bounce back stronger than ever in 2021. The Niners added a new quarterback into the mix, trading up in the draft to acquire an elite prospect in Trey Lance. The No. 3 overall pick hasn’t been declared the starter over incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before the incredibly talented 21-year-old usurps the veteran under center.

Don’t count out the Rams this year either. The squad has struggled to replicate its successes from 2018’s Super Bowl run—narrowly losing to the Patriots in head coach Sean McVay’s second season—but LA appears poised to make some noise again in 2021. The organization jettisoned slumping quarterback Jared Goff early in the offseason, trading him to the Detroit Lions for veteran signal-caller Matthew Stafford. It’s a massive upgrade at the game’s most important position, one that could push this team—which featured the league’s No. 1 defense last year—to it’s first championship in over two decades.

While the aforementioned contenders are some of the most likely teams to still be standing come playoff time, don’t count out all the long shots just yet. Massive preseason underdogs have shocked the world before, with teams like the 2017 Eagles (+4000), 2011 Giants (+2200), 2001 Patriots (+6000) and 1999 Rams (+15000) all greatly exceeding expectations during their championship runs.

Some ‘dogs to keep an eye on during the 2021 NFL season include the Cowboys (+3000)—who have a healthy Dak Prescott back in the fold after he missed most of 2020 with an injury, leading an offense that has potential to be the league’s best—and the Cardinals (+4800), who loaded up on veteran talent this offseason after falling just short of a playoff appearance last year.

The Patriots (+3700) should find themselves back in postseason contention after missing out for the first time since 2008. The club struggled during the first season it began in two decades without Tom Brady starting at the quarterback position.  Cam Newton, the former MVP New England signed to replace Brady, led New England to a 7-9 record, a disappointing campaign that prompted head coach Bill Belichick to splurge in free agency. With a restocked cupboard that includes a myriad of veteran signings and a promising rookie class headlined by first-round pick Mac Jones, the Patriots are in much better shape to contend in 2021.

The Bears (+5000) are flying under the radar despite making a playoff appearance last year. Chicago did so while dealing with a revolving door of ineffective talent under center, an issue that the front office prioritized fixing before the 2021 campaign. The Bears let Mitchell Trubisky walk in free agency, signing a proven asset in Andy Dalton and drafting promising rookie Justin Fields to compete for the starting job. This shift under center could help Chicago not only get back to the playoffs, but also advance past the Wild Card round for the first time in over a decade.

With that in mind, here are some quick Super Bowl picks to consider when making your bets before the 2021 NFL season starts:

Super Bowl LVI Predictions

Best Bet: Buccaneers +650

Value Play: Ravens +1400

Long Shot: Cardinals +4800

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