2021 Super Bowl Odds: Week 5: Chiefs Still Leading

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.

Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

NFL Legend Don Shula Dies

Hall of Fame Head Coach passed away this morning

One of the greatest coaches in the history of football is gone. A little after 10 o’clock this morning, the Miami Dolphins announced that legendary head coach Don Shula passed away peacefully in his Miami home. The team went ahead and released a statement about the impact Shula had on the team and the world of sports.

Don Shula has one of the most impressive coaching resumes in football history. He was a head coach in the NFL from 1963 to 1995. First, he was the Coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1963 until 1969. Then Shula left the Colts to become the Coach of the Miami Dolphins in 1970. Shula would be Head Coach of the Dolphins for the next 25 years until his retirement following the conclusion of the 1995 regular season. During his coaching career, Shula was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year four times, reached six Super Bowls, and only recorded two losing-seasons.

Most of Shula’s accolades came during his time in Miami. It was there that Shula led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL History in 1972. He also set the record for most total wins in an NFL Head Coaching career with 347. During his time in Miami, Shula coached the Dolphins to back-to-back Super Bowl Victories in 1973 and 1974. Shula was honored as a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and was also named to the league’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Shula is survived by his wife Mary Anne and their five children. Don Shula was 90 years old.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl 2021 Odds

Super Bowl 2021 Odds (Super Bowl LV Odds) with Tom Brady and Gronk in TB

By: James Tillman 

The New England Patriots were the odds-on favorite to win it all through most of the 2019 NFL season. But despite winning six championships over the past two decades, their postseason run was short and bittersweet, as they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard round of the playoffs.  

Although the Patriots had a great run of success during Tom Brady’s 20 years with the team, the future Hall-of-Famer decided it was time to begin a new chapter in his storied NFL career and he did so by signing a two-year, $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

As if the addition of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game wasn’t enough, the once-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski has opted to come out of retirement and join Brady in Tampa Bay thanks to a trade from New England. After the Brady signing news, the Buccaneers were tied with the fifth-best odds to win it all in 2021. Did Gronkowski joining the fold increase their chances? 

Here’s a look at the latest Unibet odds of the teams in the running to win the big game next year.   

Fifth-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LV Odds (+1200) 

In our previous discussion, the Eagles were tied with the Bucs for the fifth-best Super Bowl odds at +1600. Now the Eagles have dropped out of the top five while the Saints hold the anchor position. The Saints and ageless wonder Drew Bress had another outstanding season, finishing the season at 13-3 behind versatile running back Alvin Kamara and quit epossibly the best receiver in the game in Michael Thomas.  

However, like many on this list, they disappointed in the playoffs, losing a heartbreaker to the visiting Minnesota Vikings (again… on a possibly blown pass interference call; this time of the OPI variety). Many of the sportsbooks think the Saints have a chance to run it back, posting their 2021 Super Bowl odds at +1200. The key to watch for the Saints is what they do with backup quarterback Taysom Hill and his ability to do pretty much anything on the field. Hill is the ultimate wild card and the player that might end up making the difference this season for the Saints.  

Fourth-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl LV Odds (+1100) 

The Bucs finished with a 7-9 record last year and have missed the playoffs in each of the last 12 seasons. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the team’s 28.6 points per outing was the third-highest scoring output in the NFL. Additionally, they had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Chris Godwin (86 receptions, 1,333 yards, and nine touchdowns) and Mike Evans (67 catches, 1,157 yards, and eight touchdowns).  

Taking that talented duo, along with the addition of Rob Gronkowski, look for the Bucs’ offense to be even more potent next season. The Bucs are currently tied with the New Orleans Saints at No. 4 but don’t be surprised if they continue to move up the ladder, especially if they can improve on the defensive side of the ball.  

Third-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl LV Odds (+900)  

The San Francisco 49ers finished with the top overall record in the NFC. They went on to knock off the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the first two rounds of the playoffs en route to their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2013.  

That year they were narrowly defeated by the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. The Niners’ offense had the top rushing attack in the league in 2019. They also had the third-best defense in the league as well. In other words, this squad should be in the mix again barring the loss of any key players during the offseason.  

Second-Best Super Bowl 2021 Odds: Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl LV Odds (+700)  

The Baltimore Ravens could not have asked for much more during the 2019 campaign. They finished with the league’s best record (14-2) after a 2-2 start. Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the MVP award. Not only that, but the Ravens also finished first overall in offense and second in defense.  

Unfortunately, they came up short in the playoffs, falling to the Tennessee Titans 28-12 in the divisional round. With that in mind, look for the Ravens to play with an added level of motivation next year following a poor showing in the playoffs, as the sportsbooks expect them to be back with +700 Super Bowl odds for 2021.  

Super Bowl 2021 Odds on Favorite : Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LV Odds (+600) 

While Brady and Gronk are now with the Buccaneers, the Kansas City Chiefs still come in with the best odds to win it all in 2021. After finishing last season with the second-best record in the AFC at 12-4, the Chiefs had a postseason run for the ages. In the divisional round against the Houston Texans, not only did they erase a 24-point deficit, they went on to win the game by a 20-point margin (51-31).  

The Titans proved to be a formidable opponent in the conference championship game as they jumped out to a 10-point lead, but it wasn’t enough to prevent KC from coming out on top 35-24. The Chiefs saved their best act for last in the Super Bowl.  

Trailing by double-digits once again, this time with just 6:32 left in the game, the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered, outlasting the 49ers by a 31-20 margin, bringing home the team’s first title in 50 years. Can you say a team of destiny? Considering that the Chiefs are the defending champions and that Patrick Mahomes will continue to get better, this team is deserving of having the best Super Bowl odds for the 2020 season.  

Owners Approve NFL Playoff Expansion

Reports: NFL Owners approve expanding playoff field to 14 teams

The NFL has officially passed its newly proposed playoff format. According to sources, league owners approved expanding the NFL playoff field to 14 teams from 12 starting this season. The decision reportedly came during a conference call yesterday that was held in place of the NFL’s Annual League Meeting.

In the new playoff format, the top seed in the AFC and the NFC will both have a bye during the first week of the postseason. Meanwhile, the number two seed will host the number seven seed, the number three seed will host the number six seed, and the number four seed will host the number five seed.

Under the new format, the NFL will now play three games on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 and three games on Sunday, January 10th, 2021. The league also said that one of the games broadcast on CBS will also be shown on Nickelodeon simultaneously as a completely separate telecast that is tailored to a younger audience.

The new playoff formatting means that 43.7% of all NFL teams will qualify for the postseason, which is the second lowest mark in the big four North American professional sports leagues. Only the MLB has lower playoff representation, with 33.3% of all teams reaching the postseason.

The NFL will continue to vote on other potential reforms throughout the off-season, including possible rules changes. Those votes are currently expected to take place at a league meeting which is scheduled for mid-May, according to Judy Battista of the NFL Network.