Tampa Bay wrapped up what some considered to be an improbable NFL season with a blowout win over Kansas City in Sunday night’s Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers controlled the game from start to finish, despite closing as field-goal underdogs. Tom Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career and now has a record-setting seven titles.
Now that this season has concluded, oddsmakers have turned their attention to Super Bowl LVI. The Westgate SuperBook opened the Chiefs as a 5/1 ‘chalk’ to win the title. Kansas City was the favorite for the entire 2020 season after winning last year’s Super Bowl.
“The Chiefs open as betting favorites to win Super Bowl 56,” BetMGM VP of Trading Jason Scott told BetQL. “Historically, the runner-up does not return to the big game but none of those teams had Patrick Mahomes.”
Mahomes was forced to scramble all night, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass and he threw a pair of interceptions.
Tampa Bay is expected to be a contender next season—and really for as long as Brady is the quarterback. The Buccaneers opened with 8/1 odds for Super Bowl LVI at the Westgate SuperBook.
They were originally priced anywhere from 45/1 to 60/1 before signing Brady last offseason. Tampa Bay jumped into the top five in the market after the acquisition, with their odds shortening to a 9/1 price range.
The Buccaneers fell out of the top five Super Bowl contenders after their loss to Kansas City in Week 12, but they won eight games in a row from there.
Green Bay and Buffalo—the other two teams that appeared in the conference title games—are both listed at 10/1 to win next season’s Super Bowl. Baltimore (12/1) and New Orleans (14/1) have the next-best odds, while the Rams and 49ers are both 16/1.
Chicago (60/1) and Washington (80/1) both made the playoffs this season, but oddsmakers do not have high hopes for them next year. Jacksonville has opened at 60/1, which can be attributed to the Trevor Lawrence effect.