- Green Bay opens with +1600 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2021
- Packers fell one game short of reaching Super Bowl 54, after opening as a +1933 dark horse last year
- Time is running out on Rodgers to win another title, whose last championship came in 2011
When the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the playoffs in the NFC Championship, it was a hard pill to swallow for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“It definitely hurts a little more than earlier in my career,” Rodgers told reporters following the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “I don’t have the same number of years ahead of me as I do behind me.”
With Rodgers being a year older, Green Bay’s chances of winning the Super Bowl in 2021 have become a little tougher.
In fact, opening Super Bowl 55 odds shows the Packers out of the top five contenders at +1600.
Here’s a closer look at the top 10 contenders, with Kansas City coming in at the top at +550.
Super Bowl 55 Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+550|
|San Francisco 49ers||+700|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|New Orleans Saints||+1400|
|Green Bay Packers||+1600|
|New England Patriots||+1600|
Odds taken on Feb. 2
Rodgers, who will be 37 by the time next year’s playoffs roll around, still has just one Super Bowl title to his name. In 2011, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP when the QB led the sixth-seeded Packers to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Odds of winning another Super Bowl in Green Bay have been high ever since, even though Rodgers and the Packers have never been able to get the job done.
The question now remains, will there be less pressure on Green Bay to win it all after opening outside of the top five favorites?
Packers A Super Bowl Dark Horse Yet Again
When the odds for Super Bowl 54 initially opened, Green Bay was listed as a +1933 long shot across all sportsbooks. The Packers went as long as +2300 weeks later, however the odds continued to shorten over time.
The shortest Green Bay’s odds to win Super Bowl 54 hit was +617 on average as the Packers fell one game short of clinching a spot in the championship game.
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) January 31, 2020
The Packers have a handful of unrestricted free agents that could be on the way out, including offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. The soon-to-be 31-year-old started all 16 games for then Packers and has been a major part of Green Bay’s offensive line for years.
Green Bay could also lose Mason Crosby to free agency as the kicker has been a model of consistency — even at 35 years of age. Crosby made a career-best 91.7% of his field goals during the 2019 season, so losing him could be a huge blow for the Packers.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 30, 2020
Is Green Bay Worth Betting On At +1600?
Green Bay may have fallen out of the top five contenders for Super Bowl 55, but should that discourage bettors from taking the Packers at +1600?
The NFC North will likely be a two-team race between the Packers and Vikings, unless the Bears can magically solve their offensive woes. Rodgers still has at least two to three more years of good football left in him before his stats may start to decline.
Green Bay Packers DE Za'Darius Smith says he and Preston Smith are ready to take on leadership roles
"When we first came in me & Preston we talked… We're gonna have to change the culture. We're gonna have to come in here & be leaders and take this team to the next level." pic.twitter.com/sHXhIWU9mp
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) January 31, 2020
If the Packers can surround Rodgers with some more offensive weapons — especially to take some pressure off wide receiver Devante Adams and running back Aaron Jones — Green Bay could slide right back into the top five contenders.
That means taking a chance on a Green Bay team coming off an NFC Championship appearance at +1600 could very well be a strong wager.
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