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Chiefs Win 8th Straight, Move to Betting Favorite in Latest Super Bowl Odds

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NFL Football

Dec 26, 2021 · 5:37 PM PST

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes a touchdown pass during the first half during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
  • Chiefs win 8th straight, vault to top of latest Super Bowl odds
  • Bills beat Patriots, inch closer to claiming AFC East title
  • Check out the updated Super Bowl odds after Sunday’s games

The Kansas City Chiefs are the new occupants at the top of the latest 2022 Super Bowl odds.

Once 3-4 and at the bottom of the AFC West, the Chiefs have ripped off eight straight wins, the latest a pounding of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who owned that perch at the end of Week 15, now stare up at the Chiefs and Green Bay Packers, who rolled Saturday night.

While the Chiefs look like the closest thing to a true favorite there was plenty of separation on Sunday, with a handful of favorites showing themselves.

On the other end, a bunch of other potential title teams got sent to the back of the pack.

Let’s have a look at all the movers and shakers after Sunday.

2022 Super Bowl Odds

Team Odds
Kansas City Chiefs +370
Green Bay Packers +450
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +650
Los Angeles Rams +950
Buffalo Bills +950
Dallas Cowboys +1000
New England Patriots +1600
Tennessee Titans +1600
Indianapolis Colts +1800
Arizona Cardinals +2100
Cincinnati Bengals +2600
San Francisco 49ers +3100
Los Angeles Chargers +5000
Baltimore Ravens +5500
Philadelphia Eagles +7500
Cleveland Browns +8500
Minnesota Vikings +9000
Las Vegas Raiders +13000
New Orleans Saints +14000
Miami Dolphins +22000
Pittsburgh Steelers +28000
Denver Broncos +28000
Washington Football Team +48000
Atlanta Falcons +100000

*Odds as of Dec. 26 from FanDuel.

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Number 1 Chief Rockers

Turns out, the NFL season is a long and winding one, enough for the Chiefs to figure themselves out.

Perhaps the most impressive has been the turnaround defensively. After being considered among the worst units in the NFL through their 3-4 start, the Chiefs have now allowed a paltry 12.9 points across the last eight games, the latest a 36-10 demolition of the Steelers.

They’ve been opportunistic as well — an interception of Ben Roethlisberger Sunday makes it now 10 straight weeks they’ve recorded a pick.

Offensively, KC showed just how potent their offense is, even without gamebreaker Travis Kelce out due to COVID and Tyreek Hill ineffective after just clearing COVID protocols in time.

Patrick Mahomes was 23-for-30 for 258 yards and three TD’s, two of those to Byron Pringle. They also ran the ball 35 times for 127 yards and a TD.

The Chiefs are the first and currently only team to clinch a playoff spot in the AFC and they claimed their sixth straight AFC West crown.

Here’s hoping you leaned in heavy when they were struggling, because it’s unlikely you’ll see them fade further from their current +370 mark.

Bills Collectors

If you were wondering what would happen if the Bills and Patriots didn’t play in a Monday night windstorm, you got the answer in Week 16. Buffalo shredded the Patriots 33-21, and are now in the driver’s seat for the AFC East crown.

Limited by the conditions in their previous head-to-head, Josh Allen unleashed the full arsenal in Week 16. Even without Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley, Allen finished with 314 yards passing and three scores, while running for 64 yards on 12 totes to lead the team.

Buffalo entered the matchup with +1100 Super Bowl Odds, but that’s been shortened to +950. There’s a very good chance we may be seeing Chiefs-Bills AFC Championship II — they’re easily the two best teams in the AFC.

As for the Patriots, they’ve tumbled back to earth with two straight losses, and rookie QB Mac Jones has looked like, well, a rookie QB.

He was picked off twice for the second straight game, and couldn’t do his part to bolster a strong running attack paced by Damien Harris, who had 103 yards rushing and three scores.

The Pats had +1100 odds entering the week, but they’ve tumbled to +1600 odds. You can talk yourself into this being a value wager, but I’m telling you rookie QB’s need a little more seasoning when it gets to playoff crunch time.

Bucs, Rams Get it Done

Tampa Bay got back on track with a 32-6 whipping of the Panthers, but Tampa still falls from +460 to +650 in the Super Bowl odds.

Oddsmakers are likely more concerned about their showing last time out, getting blanked by a good Saints’ defense, and major injuries to Chris Godwin, who’s done with an ACL tear, and Mike Evans battling a hamstring injury.

They’re also still patching together a secondary that’s been ailing most of the year.

Meanwhile, the Rams beat the Vikings 30-23 to clinch a playoff berth. They’ve also reeled off four straight wins, and their title odds improve from +1100 to +950 odds.

LA is a legit title contender, but Matthew Stafford has been susceptible to struggles, including today, where he threw three interceptions.

Chargers Doused; Bengals Crush Ravens

LA’s other team may have played themselves out of the playoffs. The Chargers laid a dud in Houston, dropping a 41-29 decision to the Texans, who had three wins all year.

Justin Herbert struggled, throwing two interceptions, including a backbreaking pick-6. Once a frontrunner for the AFC West title, the Chargers are now 8-7 and will need help to get into the playoffs. They fly off the title ladder, from +3400 to +5000 odds.

Falling even further are the Baltimore Ravens, who lost their fourth straight in a 41-21 obliteration at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. Sure, Lamar Jackson (ankle) and Tyler Huntley (COVID) left them with journeyman Josh Johnson at QB, but the offense wasn’t the issue.

Baltimore’s injury-ravaged defense finally showed all their flaws, as Joe Burrow shredded them for 525 yards passing and four TD scores.

The Ravens, still holding onto the final playoff berth in the AFC have dropped from +3200 to +5500, and I think we’ve seen as far as they can go.

The new legit longshot? How about the Bengals? Their offense can put up points, which can probably help them outscore their poor passing defense, and they can stop the run.

Cincy’s odd shorten from +3400 to +2600, just outside the top 10, and may be worth a wager.

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