Greeting football fans and welcome back to our weekly discussion about the teams that are considered favorites to win the big game in 2021. A week ago, the list of teams included the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Since each of these teams won their games, would there be a shakeup of any kind? No… no there would not be.
Here’s a look at how these teams rank from a betting standpoint based on their performances from Week 4.
Third-Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Seattle Seahawks (+800). Last Week’s Odds (+1000)
The Seahawks came into their Week 4 matchup against the Miami Dolphins having won their first three games. While the Seahawks were ranked last in total defense, this group held the Dolphins to field goals on their first five scoring drives.
Miami finally ended that streak in the fourth quarter, pulling within 31-23, but the Seahawks recovered the ensuing onside kick and went on to win the game. This marks the first time Seattle has started 4-0 since 2013. That was the season they won their only Super Bowl.
Second-Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Ravens (+600). Last Week (+650)
Baltimore entered its matchup against the Washington football team on the heels of a disappointing 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. That loss ended their 14-game regular-season streak. Would Washington be just what the doctor ordered to help Baltimore get back into the win column? In a word: Absolutely.
Thanks to a few timely plays, the Ravens built a 21-10 halftime lead en route to a 31-17 victory. This was impressive considering Washington recorded more first downs, won the time of possession battle, and had just seven fewer yards than the Ravens.
Best 2021 Super Bowl Odds: Kansas City Chiefs (+350). Last Week (+400)
The Chiefs took on the New England Patriots in Week 4 on Monday Night Football. The teams came into this matchup with a combined record of 5-1. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Cam Newton was out of the mix due to testing positive for COVID-19. Despite not having the former NFL MVP under center, the Patriots managed to hang with the defending champs in the first half, as they trailed by a narrow 6-3 margin.
But as the Chiefs have done so many times, they managed to create separation between themselves and their opponent, cruising to a 26-10 victory, thus keeping their perfect record intact. While any team can be beaten on a given Sunday or Monday, the Chiefs continue to find ways to win games, even when they’re not playing at their very best.