Week 12 Super Bowl Odds: Did Another Steelers’ Win Move Them Ahead of KC?

Hello NFL fans and welcome back to our weekly column where we’ve been discussing the list of teams that are considered legitimate title contenders. A week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints rounded out the coveted list.

Since all three of these teams won last week, there wasn’t too much of a shakeup in where they rank from a betting standpoint. However, being that two teams currently share the second-best odds; I’m going to include four teams on the list instead of three. With that said, here’s a look at the teams with the best odds to win the big game in 2021.

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1100). Last Week (NR)

It has been a while since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the discussion as a potential title favorite, but here we are. Thanks, to a few additions – namely Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski – the expectations for this team increased dramatically from a season ago. And the Bucs have lived up to those expectations, for the most part, posting six wins through their first eight games.

However, they’ve hit a rough patch recently, dropping two of their last three outings. This includes a poor showing in a 38-3 loss against the Saints in Week 9 and a 27-24 loss against the Rams on Monday Night Football.

Things don’t get any easier for Tampa Bay as they will face off against the Chiefs in Week 12. On the other hand, their last four games are against sub .500 teams, which means that the Bucs could still be in the hunt for a playoff berth with a strong finish down the stretch.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: New Orleans Saints (+550). Last Week (+650)

Let’s give a huge shoutout to the Saints. After posting a 1-2 mark in their first three games, they’ve reeled off seven straight victories to improve to 8-2 on the season. Not only that, but they’ve done so without the services of Drew Brees, who has been sidelined with an injury over the last six quarters and is expected to miss a few more games.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers (+550). Last Week (No Change)

Despite the Saints’ impressive 8-2 mark, though, the Steelers should get the nod as the team with the second-best odds, if not the odds-on favorite altogether.

The Steelers are the lone undefeated team in the NFL. They are ranked fourth in total defense (306.9 yards per game); third in passing yards allowed per outing (203.5) and seventh in rushing yards allowed (103.4). Furthermore, the Steelers are allowing just 17.4 points per game and their last three opponents have scored a total of 32 points combined. Given the fact that Brees will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future, look for the Steelers to solidify their hold on the No. 2 spot.

Super Bowl Odds Favorites: Kansas City Chiefs (+300). Last week (+350)

The Chiefs have been considered the odds-on favorite for quite some time now and that trend continues going into Week 12. KC started the season with victories in each of their first four games before a 40-32 setback against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.

Since that little hiccup, the Chiefs have rattled off five straight wins and have the second-best record in the NFL at 9-1. While the margin of victory in their last two games is a combined six points, the Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.

Additionally, the aerial attack is starting to round into form (over 340 yards in each of the last three outings), which could be a troublesome trend for opposing teams down the stretch. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this should be a two-team race between the Chiefs and Steelers the rest of the way.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview

Monday, November 23, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida, 8:15 p.m. ET

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Rams (+4/-110), Buccaneers (-4/-110)

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams (6-3) have evolved into a standout defensive unit as they head toward the stretch drive of the NFL season. Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (nine sacks) remains the headliner of a group that ranks second in the NFL in both scoring defense (18.7 points per game) and total defense (296.4 yards per game).

Standout cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (one interception) and Darious Williams (four picks) are key reasons why the unit is third in passing defense (199.7 yards per game), and the club also rates fifth in rushing defense (96.8 yards per game).

Los Angeles has dropped a notch from its recent glory years on the offensive side of the ball as it ranks just 19th in scoring offense (24.0 points per game). Quarterback Jared Goff has passed for 2,447 yards and 13 touchdowns against six interceptions and will be looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game. Darrell Henderson Jr. (486 rushing yards) and Malcolm Brown (347) are splitting the ball-carrying duties.

The Rams sustained a huge blow when standout left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was lost for up to eight weeks when he got hurt last week in a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Noteboom will be the starter against the Bucs and will be charged with softening the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers (7-3) will be seeking their fifth win in six games when they welcome the Rams to town. Quarterback Tom Brady is playing well at age 43 and has passed for 2,739 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first season with Tampa Bay.

Running back Ronald Jones II (730 rushing yards) has emerged as a force — see his 98-yard scoring run as part of a career-high 192 rushing yards in last week in a 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers as the latest piece of evidence.

The Buccaneers rank seventh in the NFL in scoring offense (29.6) but also feature a stellar defense that leads the NFL in rushing defense (76.6) and ranks third in total defense (300.3).

Linebacker/defensive end Jason Paul-Pierre (7.5 sacks) is routinely putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while inside linebackers Devin White (five sacks, team-high 88 tackles) and Lavonte David (73 stops) are enjoying stellar seasons. Carlton Davis (four interceptions) is receiving more mentions as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.

Guard Ali Marpet (concussion) practiced on Thursday and has his sights of playing after missing the previous two games. Tampa Bay also looks to work in Antonio Brown even more this week after the stellar wideout had seven receptions for 69 yards last Sunday.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 11

Corralling Brady and his slew of pass-catchers that includes Brown, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a good challenge for a Rams unit that has been stellar all season. Los Angeles has allowed 10 or fewer points on three occasions but has been dinged up for an average of 29 points in its three setbacks.

Tampa Bay’s defense might have the easier chore in limiting Goff as well as a Los Angeles running game that doesn’t scare anyone. The Buccaneers spend a lot of time in offensive backfields with White leading the way with 10.5 tackles for loss in addition to his sack output.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick: Buccaneers 24, Rams 19

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 11

The teams combined for 95 points, 982 yards and 63 first downs in last season’s meeting at Los Angeles. Expect a much different type of game this time around with both defenses rating among the best in the NFL.

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 total points (-114)