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Chiefs Open as Early Super Bowl 54 Favorites

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The Chiefs appear poised to become Super Bowl regulars. Photo by Harmony (flickr) [CC License]
  • BetOnline has established the Kansas City Chiefs as favorites to win Super Bowl 54
  • The Chiefs play New England in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game
  • It’s the first time in years that the Patriots haven’t been established as the opening Super Bowl betting choice

The participants for Super Bowl 53 haven’t been determined, yet you can already wager on which NFL team will win Super Bowl 54.

According to BetOnline, one of the teams to beat this year is also the team to beat next year. The Kansas City Chiefs, who will play host to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, are listed as the chalk to emerge victorious in Super Bowl 54.

Super Bowl 54 Odds

Team Odds to Win Super Bowl 54 at BetOnline (01/16/19)
Kansas City Chiefs +700
Los Angeles Rams +800
Chicago Bears +1000
New England Patriots +1000
New Orleans Saints +1000
Los Angeles Chargers +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1400
Green Bay Packers +1600
Minnesota Vikings +1800
Philadelphia Eagles +1800
Indianapolis Colts +2000
Dallas Cowboys +2200
Baltimore Ravens +2500
Houston Texans +2500
Atlanta Falcons +3300
Carolina Panthers +3300
Cleveland Browns +3300
Seattle Seahawks +3300
Jacksonville Jaguars +4000
New York Giants +4000
San Francisco 49ers +4000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Arizona Cardinals +6600
Buffalo Bills +6600
Cincinnati Bengals +6600
Denver Broncos +6600
Detroit Lions +6600
New York Jets +6600
Raiders +6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
Washington Redskins +6600
Miami Dolphins +10000

This week is the anniversary of both of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl appearances. The Chiefs appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls, but they haven’t played in the Super Bowl since they beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl 4 on January 11th, 1970.

Kansas City also played against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 1 on January 15th, 1967, losing 35-10. The Chiefs and New York Jets are the only teams to play for the Super Bowl as AFL franchises but never as NFL franchises.

There’s a Lot to Like

Pegging the Chiefs as the Super Bowl 54 chalk makes sense, no matter what happens in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

If the Patriots do knock off Kansas City, it can be viewed as the final hurrah for New England QB Tom Brady, 41, and the ultimate learning experience for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, just 23 and playing in the second game of his NFL postseason career.

On the other hand, should the Chiefs win, it works the narrative even more succinctly that Mahomes, the second QB in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in the same season, is about to inherit Brady’s throne.

It also would help to cement the notion that the Chiefs are about to ascend to the top of both the AFC and NFL hierarchy.

Don’t Rule Out . . .

Let’s not forget that the Los Angeles Rams suit up the NFC’s most productive offense and in defensive tackle Aaron Donald, may also have the NFL’s best defensive player situated on their roster.

They are still young – none of Donald, running back Todd Gurley or QB Jared Goff can yet be classified as anywhere near past their primes.

It took Peyton Manning and Drew Brees a long time to finally get their Super Bowl moment, and maybe that’s going to be the case for Philip Rivers as well.

While we’re on the subject of Los Angeles, there’s also the Chargers. It took Peyton Manning and Saints QB Drew Brees a long time to finally get their Super Bowl moment, and maybe that’s going to be the case for Chargers QB Philip Rivers as well.

He’s surrounded by talent on both sides of the ball – RB Melvin Gordon, WR Keenan Allen, and DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers have taken big steps forward in each of the past two seasons.

On the flip side, you have to doubt that Brady and Brees, both past 40, have many play/action fakes left. It’s also hard to like the Bears until Mitchell Trubisky shows more consistency.

Super (Bowl 54 ) Luck Ability

In Pokemon, Super Luck Ability enables you to increase your critical hit ratio. In Indianapolis, Luck lets you dream of the Super Bowl.

If Andrew Luck isn’t the NFL’s comeback player of the year, it will be a tremendous upset. After missing all of last season following shoulder surgery, the Indianapolis Colts QB threw for 39 TDs, second in the NFL to Mahomes.

After a 1-5 start, the Colts went 9-2. Frank Reich was in his first year as head coach. Guard Quenton Nelson got some NFL OROY love and rookie LB Darius Leonard led the NFL with 167 tackles. Loaded with draft picks and cap space, the Colts play in the wide-open AFC South.

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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.