Super Bowl Odds Week 17: Jimmy G is on the Scene
It’s hard to believe that there is just one more week left in the 2019 NFL season. The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl earlier this year and they were the favorites to win it all again in 2020, but their chances have decreased over the past few weeks, thanks to other teams surging like the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.
Could the Patriots remain in contention on the Top Three list of title contenders? Here’s a spoiler alert, the answer is no. With that bit of news out of the way, here’s an updated look at the list of NFL teams with the best odds to win the Super Bowl in 2020.
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Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: New Orleans Saints (+550). Last Week’s Odds (+600)
Despite their odds improving a bit from last week, the New Orleans Saints dropped down to the No. 3 spot on the list of Super Bowl contenders. Needing a win to keep their hopes alive for one of the top spots in the NFC, they faced off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Although the Titans had just eight wins coming into this matchup, they put up a fight early on, jumping out to a 14-point lead.
When it was all said and done, though, the Saints came out on top 38-28 to keep pace with the 49ers and Green Bay Packers in the race for the NFC’s top seed. The Saints haven’t been a great road team in the postseason. However, if they do manage to clinch home-field advantage, this team will not be an easy out.
Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: San Francisco 49ers (+550) Last Week’s Odds (N/A)
The San Francisco 49ers weren’t on the list last week, but come in at the No. 2 spot this week. The 49ers needed a win against the Los Angeles Rams to remain in contention for one of the top spots in the NFC. Early on, though, it was the Rams that were playing like the team with everything to play for, jumping out to a 21-10 lead and a 28-24 edge through the first three quarters. With the game tied at 31, the 49ers faced and converted a couple of third and long situations, which set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal as time expired.
With the win, the 49ers not only eliminated the defending NFC champion Rams from playoff contention, they also put themselves in position to secure one of the top seeds in the conference. On the flip side, if San Francisco loses in the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks next week, it will be forced into the one of the two wildcard slots. In other words, they still have work to do.
Best Super Bowl Odds: Baltimore Ravens (+225 – No Change from Last Week)
True, the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl odds didn’t’ improve from last week, but they still remain the favorites to win it all in 2020. On paper, their Week 16 matchup against the Cleveland Browns looked like a mismatch. However, even though the Ravens had won 10 consecutive games prior to this outing, who the last team to beat them? You guessed it, the Browns.
Back in Week 4, which seems like a lifetime ago, the Browns defeated the Ravens by a 40-25 margin. Needless to say, the Ravens weren’t taking their opponent for granted by any stretch of the imagination. Although they did very little on their first four possessions and trailed 6-0 late in the second quarter, the Ravens rallied to take a 14-6 lead into the break en route to a 31-15 victory, their 11th straight win and 13th overall. The Ravens improved to 20-4 against the Browns under head coach John Harbaugh; they clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and MVP-candidate Lamar Jackson now holds the franchise’s single season record for touchdown passes with 34.
Additionally, the Ravens finished with 242 yards on the ground and they are on pace to become the first team in NFL history to average a whopping 200 rushing yards per outing. While the Ravens continue to hang on as the favorites to win the Super Bowl in February, there is one concern; Mark Ingram went down with what appeared to be a non-contact lower leg injury in the fourth quarter. For the most part, teams that have a solid rushing game tend to do well in the postseason, but if Ingram isn’t able to go, this recent development will be a huge blow to Baltimore’s playoff hopes.