The addition of Tom Brady makes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers contenders to win Super Bowl 55. Photo by @Buccaneers (Twitter)
- The Kansas City Chiefs are favored to win Super Bowl 55 and defend their crown
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ odds have dropped significantly after adding Tom Brady while The Los Angeles Chargers’ odds have risen following the departure of Philip Rivers
- See the odds for every team to win Super Bowl 55 below as the season gets ready to kick-off
The NFL season is nearly upon us.
The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans on Thursday (Sept. 10) in the opener. The 29 teams looking to unseat the Chiefs will swing into action Sunday (Sept. 13) and Monday (Sept. 14).
The Chiefs are the favorites to win a second straight Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl odds, though not by a large margin.
Odds to Win Super Bowl 55
|Team||Opening Odds||Current Odds at DraftKings|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+600||+600|
|San Francisco 49ers||+800||+900|
|New Orleans Saints||+1000||+1100|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+5000||+1400|
|New England Patriots||+1100||+2000|
|Green Bay Packers||+1600||+2800|
|Los Angeles Rams||+2500||+4000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+1600||+4500|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+3500||+6600|
|New York Giants||+6600||+8000|
|New York Jets||+7500||+8000|
|Washington Football Team||+15000||+15000|
Odds taken Sept. 8
Brady’s New Bunch
Tom Brady shook up the football world when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent following 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots.
The legendary quarterback also shook up the odds. The Buccaneers opened at +5000 to win Super Bowl 55 the day after last season ended. Now they are +1400.
However, Brady is not the only significant addition to a team that went 7-9 last season and a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007.
Rob Gronkowski, one of the greatest tight ends in history, agreed to come out of retirement to join Brady, his longtime Patriots’ teammate. Running back Leonard Fournette was signed last week after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Safe to say @_fournette is happy to be teammates with @TomBrady 😂 pic.twitter.com/IljCzoutcE
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 8, 2020
The three newcomers join an offense that already included Pro Bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Buccaneers ranked third in scoring in the NFL last season with 28.6 points a game could be even more dangerous this year.
Bills Counting on Diggs
Another team whose odds have improved significantly since February is the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills made the playoffs last season for the second time in three seasons. However, their resurgence during coach Sean McDermott’s tenure has primarily been because of a strong defense.
Trading with the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Stefon Diggs is primarily what moved the odds. Inconsistent third-year quarterback Josh Allen now has a bonafide No. 1 receiver in Diggs, who had a career 1,130 receiving yards on 63 catches last season for an outstanding 17.9 average.
And to round out the media portion of practice here’s Stefon Diggs vs Tre White 👀@news4buffalo pic.twitter.com/kOKt4bNh5r
— Heather Prusak (@haprusak) September 1, 2020
The Bills scored as many as 21 points a game just six times last season. That figures to change with Diggs joining and nine returning offensive starters returning as the Bills bid for their first AFC East title since 1995.
Change with Chargers
Conversely, the Los Angeles Chargers’ odds have headed in the opposite direction. The Chargers are at +4500 after opening at +1600.
The loss of faith by the oddsmakers can be attributed to the Chargers moving on from Philip Rivers. They allowed him to reach free agency and sign with the Indianapolis Cots following 14 seasons as the starting quarterback in San Diego and Los Angeles.
The biggest storyline of the #Chargers 2020 season:
This will be the first year since 2005 where we will see a different QB line up behind center.
Philip Rivers is not a Charger.
I repeat, Philip Rivers is not a Charger.
— Sam Kweon (@SamKweonWriter) September 8, 2020
Veteran Tyrod Taylor steps in at QB but he is a game manager more than a gamechanger. He is 23-21-1 as a starter. The last time Taylor was QB1 was 2018 with the Cleveland Browns and he lost his job to Baker Mayfield three games into the season.
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There’s Value in LA
The Chiefs are understandably the Super Bowl favorites after winning it all last season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is seemingly not close to his prime yet.
However, value be found on the board. The aforementioned Charges are one of those teams.
Yes, Rivers is gone, and Taylor is taking his place, which does not inspire confidence on the surface. However, Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season and it appeared Father Time was catching up to him.
Taylor could be a placeholder for a rookie just like he was two years ago. The Chargers drafted Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert sixth overall in April.
Former Oregon QB, Justin Herbert, on HBO’s Hard Knocks during practice with the Chargers
“I’m getting barked at over there. Some of the guys are like “it’s not Washington State”. Well yeah, obviously I know that.”
— WestCoastCFB.com (@WestCoastCFB) September 2, 2020
If the offense struggles, coach Anthony Lynn could turn to the cerebral Herbert to guide a team much better than last year’s 4-12 record indicates.
Another value play can also be found in Los Angeles, ready to join the Chargers in moving into $5-billion SoFi Stadium.
The Rams appeared in the Super Bowl just two seasons ago, losing to Brady and the Patriots in a snoozer. Like many runner ups, they had a hangover in 2019 and finished out of the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
However, coach Sean McVey was still being hailed as a genius at this time last year. And Jared Goff was being touted as a rising star at quarterback.
The roughest part of losing the @SuperBowl for Sean Mcvey will be he will remember every play!!@RamsNFL pic.twitter.com/22tpi3j7aH
— Greg Pursifull🎥 (@greg_pursifull) February 4, 2019
The Rams had plenty of roster turnovers in the offseason. Yet the McVey-Goff duo seems like a worthwhile shot at +4000.
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.