Super Bowl 2020: Initial Vegas Odds Following Week 17
Featured Columnist December 30, 2019 Comments Comment Bubble Icon
The Baltimore Ravens enter the NFL postseason with the best odds to win Super Bowl LIV.
Head coach John Harbaugh’s team holds home-field advantage in the AFC for the first time in franchise history, and recent playoff results suggest it has a strong chance to land in Miami the first week of February.
Five of the last six AFC top seeds have advanced to the title clash, and the same trend is apparent in the NFC.
Four of the previous six No. 1 seeds in the NFC made it to the Super Bowl, which is significant for the San Francisco 49ers.
Kyle Shanahan’s team earned the top spot in the NFC bracket by way of a five-point win over the Seattle Seahawks, and by doing so, it sent Pete Carroll’s side on the road for the wild-card round.
Super Bowl 2020 Odds
Baltimore (+200; bet $100 to win $200)
Kansas City (+300)
San Francisco (+350)
New Orleans (+350)
New England (+1,800)
Even as the favorite, Baltimore carries good value at +200.
With Lamar Jackson under center, the Ravens reeled off 11 straight victories, a run that includes wins over the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills, all of whom could be divisional-round opponents.
The main concern about the AFC North winner’s Super Bowl hopes is the health of running back Mark Ingram II.
The former New Orleans Saints player told reporters that he will be ready for the second round of the postseason after straining his calf in Week 16.
“I’m smooth, I’m good,” Ingram said. “I got some time. So, I will be ready for the first playoff game.”
The 30-year-old put together his third 1,000-yard season in four years, and he has become a perfect complement to Jackson in the rushing attack.
Baltimore’s defense has provided strong support for the offense since the Week 8 bye, as it has allowed only two opponents to reach 20 points.
If the Ravens win one game, their odds could increase, so this may be the best value you can get them at.
The value of the NFC teams swapped after Green Bay clinched a first-round bye through a come-from-behind win over the Detroit Lions.
Since the NFC’s No. 1 or No. 2 seed has moved on to the Super Bowl in each of the past six years, the Packers now have a better chance to make a February trip to Miami.
The Packers are 7-1 at Lambeau Field and have not lost since the drubbing San Francisco handed them at Levi’s Stadium on November 24.
That result looms large with the 49ers gaining home-field advantage Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
In the last six weeks, San Francisco downed Green Bay and New Orleans, which saw its Super Bowl odds increase a bit by rising above the NFC North champion Sunday.
Putting money down on a dark horse does not seem ideal at the moment because of the recent history of Super Bowl participants.
If you choose one, New England may be the best option at +1,800, but it is playing in its first Wild Card Round since 2009.
In previous seasons, the Patriots benefited from a first-round bye in their Super Bowl conquests.