Fan Duel has 49ers as favorites to win Super Bowl LIX

Fan Duel has 49ers as favorites to win Super Bowl LIX

We’re still more than a week away from Super Bowl LVIII, but that hasn’t prevented FanDuel from releasing its odds to win Super Bowl LIX next year.

FanDuel has the 49ers as +450 ‘chalk.’ The next-shortest odds belong to the Chiefs (+750), Ravens (+900 or 9/1), Lions (12/1), Bills (12/1), Cowboys (15/1), Bengals (15/1), Eagles (17/1) and Dolphins (20/1).

All of those aforementioned teams made the playoffs with only one exception, Cincinnati. The Bengals finished the 2023 season with a 9-8 straight-up record and a 7-8-2 against-the-spread mark.

However, they were without star quarterback Joe Burrow for the final seven games after he had season-ending surgery for a torn ligament in his wrist.

The biggest questions of the offseason center around RB Joe Mixon, WR Tee Higgins and WR Tyler Boyd. Both WRs are eligible to become unrestricted free agents, but Cincinnati could choose to place the franchise tag on Higgins if it can’t agree with him on a long-term deal.

Mixon is due a $3 million roster bonus on March 16 but if the Bengals cut him before then, they can save nearly $6 million in cap space. RB Chase Brown showed some flashes late in the regular season once he got healthy, but the rookie missed seven games due to injuries.

The Texans and Packers have 25/1 odds to win next year’s Super Bowl, followed by the Rams, Chargers, Jets and Jaguars, who are all at 30/1. The next-shortest odds belong to the Vikings (40/1), Bears (40/1), Browns (50/1), Falcons (50/1) and Colts (50/1).

Five teams share 75/1 odds, including the Seahawks, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Raiders and Saints. The Steelers and Broncos are both at 100/1, while the Giants, Titans, Patriots and Commanders are at 150/1.

The Panthers, who just finished 2-15 SU and 4-11-2 ATS, have 250/1 odds. They don’t have a first-round pick, which would be the #1 overall selection, but it was traded to move up and draft Bryce Young last year.

Chicago and Arizona own a pair of first-round picks apiece in the 2024 NFL Draft. In fact, the Bears have the first (via Carolina) and ninth selections, while the Cardinals are at fourth and 27th (via Houston).

Chicago can go in all sorts of directions. It could choose to keep Justin Fields as its starting QB and trade down and out of the #1 pick. This scenario could potentially land a king’s ransom from teams wanting to move up to #1 to take QB Caleb Williams out of USC.

The Bears could keep the pick, take Williams (presumably, but QBs Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels are other options) and trade Fields, who would also garner them some assets in return. However, a deal sending Fields elsewhere wouldn’t net (nearly) as valuable a return as trading the #1 pick.

FanDuel has Williams as an enormous -1200 favorite to be the first player taken in the 2024 NFL Draft. The next-shortest odds to go as the #1 overall pick belong to Maye (+700), Ohio St. WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (16/1) and Daniels (40/1).