In Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used a combination of swarming defense and timely passing by Tom Brady, in addition to a severely weakened Chiefs’ offensive line, to win the Super Bowl. Although the start of the NFL regular season is three months away, the two teams are favorites for a rematch on February 6, 2022. Let’s take a look at the top five contenders, according to the NFL point spread.

Kansas City Chiefs

The biggest question for the two-time defending AFC Champions and Super Bowl LIV winner was the health of Patrick Mahomes, who underwent surgery for turf toe in February. Reportedly he is fine and will be ready to go for training camp. The Chiefs return a slew of weapons, including Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, and DeMarcus Robinson. With an improved defense and healthy offensive line, the Chiefs are favorites to win the Super Bowl at +450 or 9/2 odds.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The status of 43-year-old Tom Brady, who admits he was playing with a nagging knee injury much of last season, is a question heading into training camp. It’s likely it won’t be much of an issue come opening day.  The Buccaneers are loaded with talent with Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski. Add in a defense that smothered the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and the Buccaneers are the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl from the NFC with odds of +700 or 7/1.

Baltimore Ravens

With Lamar Jackson under center and still one of the best defenses in the NFL, it’s no surprise that the Ravens are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Jackson rushed for over 1000 yards again last season and produced 33 touchdowns with his legs and arm. Gus Edwards, JK Dobbins, Marquise Brown, Sammy Wadkins, and tight end Mark Andrews provide plenty of weapons. Kicker Justin Tucker is nearly automatic and will win a few games on his own. The Ravens are currently at +1200 or 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

Buffalo Bills

After a 10-6 record and loss in the wild card playoffs in 2019, the Bills ascended to 13-3 and a loss in the AFC championship game. They have a solid core that should keep them in contention for some time. Quarterback Josh Allen had nearly 5000 yards and 45 touchdowns in total offense. Stefon Biggs, Emmanuel Sanders, and Cole Beasley, along with a timely running attack gives the Bills one of the top offenses in the league.  Although the Bills have a relatively average defense, their offensive power is enough to win many games. The Bills are at +1200 or 12/1 to win the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles Rams

There is a new leader under center in Matthew Stafford, who came to the Rams in a trade for Jared Goff. Stafford has a good set of weapons in Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and home-run hitter DeSean Jackson. Add in tight end Tyler Higbee, and running back Cam Akers and the Rams could have a top five offense in the NFC. The defense is a real strength, allowing only 18 points per game last season. Even if the offense struggles, the defense can carry the team to some victories. The Rams are also at +1200 or 12/1 to win the Super Bowl.

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