Super Bowl LVI Predictions and Odds to Win
Super Bowl LVI is scheduled for Sunday, February 13, 2022, and will be held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It will be the first Super Bowl for the new stadium which opened in 2020 as the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Despite winning last year’s Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not the favorite to win it again. That honor goes to the team the Bucs beat last year, Kansas City. Can the Chiefs come through to win a second Super Bowl in three seasons? Or can Tampa Bay do something no team has done since the New England Patriots in 2003-04 (repeat)?
Sunday, February 13th, 2022 inHome of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers
As mentioned, it’s the Chiefs that are followed by the Bucs to win Super Bowl LVI at +700. As long as Andy Reid is the head coach and Patrick Mahomes is at quarterback, Kansas City will always have a shot at winning it all. Mahomes is surrounded by a wealth of talent including TE Travis Kelce, the team’s leading receiver from a year ago with 105 catches for 1,416 yards and 11 TDs.
There’s also WR Tyreek Hill (87-1,276-15TDs) and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire who ran for 803 yards and caught 36 passes. The defense has improved under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and the Chiefs have won five straight AFC West titles. KC’s toughest competition in the division will likely come from the Chargers which means a sixth straight crown is most likely.
The Defending Champion
Tampa Bay checks in next on the board at +550 to repeat as Super Bowl champions. No team has done it since the Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. Ironically, the quarterback of that New England team – Tom Brady – is the guy who led the Bucs to the title last year. Brady, who is now 44, returns as does the entire starting offense and starting defense. It’s the first time in NFL history since the salary cap started that this has happened.
With the same lineup on both sides of the ball, it’s easy to see why the Bucs are near the top of the board. Plus, there’s the schedule. Tampa Bay went 4-2 in the NFC South last year. Both losses were to New Orleans. With Drew Brees retired, the competition in the division is weak. Plus, Tampa Bay plays the NFC East (the NFL’s weakest division) and the AFC East. The Bucs tougher non-division games – Dallas, Miami, and Buffalo – are all at home making the Bucs a strong bet.
The top contenders to replace Kansas City and/or Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LVI start with the teams that lost in their respective conference championship games last season – Buffalo and Green Bay. Most of the offseason turmoil around the league was related to the Aaron Rodgers ordeal. Rodgers came out around draft time and said he didn’t want to play in Green Bay any more.
The short story is that Rodgers is still a Packer and that is why Green Bay is listed at +1000 to win this season. Rodgers, of course, returns along with WR Davante Adams and leading rusher RB Aaron Jones. They form the core of an offense that led the NFL in scoring last season averaging over 31 points per game.
The Bills had their best season since the 1990s. QB Josh Allen led an outstanding offense that features a stable of good running backs – Devin Singletary and Zack Moss – as well as Allen himself who threw for a career-high 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns. Buffalo is listed at +750 and looks to take the next step – getting to a Super Bowl.
The other contenders to watch include Baltimore, San Francisco, and the LA Rams. The Ravens (+1200) will have one of the NFL’s best defenses as well as the 2019 NFL MVP, quarterback Lamar Jackson. San Francisco (+5000) won the NFC title in 2019 only to watch 2020 slip away due to a ridiculous number of injuries to key players. A healthy 49ers team could capture the NFC again. The Rams upgraded at quarterback swapping Jared Goff for former Detroit star Matthew Stafford. That gives the Rams (+850) a legitimate shot at getting back to the Super Bowl. They lost to New England at the end of the 2018 season.
If there are any sleepers in the mix, the best of the bunch could Dallas. The Cowboys return a healthy Dak Prescott at quarterback and the Cowboys brought in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to revamp an awful defense. Dallas is listed at +1200 and, if they stay healthy, could be a surprise.
Another is Indianapolis (+4000). It will depend upon QB Carson Wentz, who did have recent foot surgery but is expected to return for the start of the season. Wentz rejoins his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, Colts head coach Frank Reich. Wentz will operate behind the best offensive line in the league which will also pave the way for second-year RB Jonathan Taylor who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a rookie. The Colts are solid defensively and are a legitimate Super Bowl longshot.
Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI
Green Bay Packers +350
Kansas City Chiefs +450
Buffalo Bills +800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +800
Tennessee Titans +850
Dallas Cowboys +1000
Los Angeles Rams +1000
Cincinnati Bengals +1800
New England Patriots +1800
Arizona Cardinals +2200
San Francisco 49ers +2200
Las Vegas Raiders +4000
Philadelphia Eagles +6600
Pittsburgh Steelers +8000