We’re back for our weekly discussion about the teams considered to be the frontrunners to win the big game in 2021. A week ago, the list included the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and of course, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. While this trio has dominated the conversation over the last several weeks, they are a couple of teams coming up in the rear that have been playing well.
For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans entered their Week 7 matchup with identical 5-0 records. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been playing some good football as of late as well.
Did any of these teams crack the top-three list this week? Here’s a look at an updated list of the odds-on favorites to win it all based on how their performances from Week 7.
Third-Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+800). Last Week (NR)
The Buccaneers are making their first appearance on our weekly list. Tampa Bay had a 4-2 record going into their Week 7 outing against the Las Vegas Raiders. This meant that for the second straight week, the Bucs would be going up against a top-10 offense. After knocking off the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 38-10 the previous week, the Bucs turned in another solid performance against the sixth-highest scoring team in the league.
Not only that, they held the Raiders’ ground attack below 100 yards. As a result, the Bucs came away with an impressive 45-20 win, notching their fifth win in six games. And by the way, some guy named Tom Brady threw for 369 yards to go along with four touchdowns. If Tampa Bay continues to play at this level going forward, look for this squad to become a mainstay in this race.
Second-Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Baltimore Ravens (+600). Last Week (No Change)
While the Ravens had the week off, they still come in at the No. 2 spot on the weekly list. The last time we saw this team, they were squaring off against one of the worst teams that happen to play in one of the worst divisions in the league — The Philadelphia Eagles.
The Ravens shut out their opponent in the first half (17-0) and led 24-6 going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles managed to make things interesting, cutting the deficit to two points in the waning seconds of the contest. Fortunately, the Ravens stopped the Eagles on a two-point conversion attempt with under two minutes to play to escape with a 30-28 victory.
With an upcoming game against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers next week, it will be interesting to see if Baltimore can retain the No. 2 spot, should they lose that game.
Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Kansas City Chiefs (+400). Last Week (No Change)
The Chiefs continue to be the frontrunners in the championship odds race. Following their disappointing 40-32 loss to the Raiders in Week 5, they defeated the Buffalo Bills 26-17 in Week 6. They followed that up with a convincing 43-16 over the Denver Broncos, marking the 10th straight win against their division rival.
This was impressive considering that the Broncos outgained them 411-286 overall, including a 177-101 edge in rushing yards. Patrick Mahomes went 15 of 23 for 200 yards, the fourth time he’s been held under 250 passing yards this season. It is also worth noting he didn’t record his only touchdown pass until the fourth quarter. But thanks to touchdowns on special teams and defense, the Chiefs found a way to win once again despite their aerial attack being held in check. Their next two outings will be against the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers before their bye week. Taking that into consideration, the Chiefs should remain ahead of the pack for the next several weeks.