NFL heavyweights including the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys squared up in some of the finest matchups of the season in Week 9.
The Chiefs, Bengals, Ravens, and Eagles all won their respective games, but the outcomes of those contests haven’t really affected the odds in Vegas. These teams are still the favorites to win the Super Bowl in February.
Now that the trade deadline has passed, the real contenders are beginning to set themselves apart from the pretenders.
Kansas City Chiefs
+475 is the Super Bowl odds at online sportsbooks
The Kansas City Chiefs increased their record to 7-2 in Week 9 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins, and they are now tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the top record in the AFC.
The Chiefs’ staunch defense played a major role in their ability to return from their trip to Germany with a victory, even though their offense did not resemble the potent machine that fans have grown to expect from Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.
In addition to limiting the potent Miami attack to 14 points, the Kansas City defense scored additional points thanks to an incredible fumble return for a touchdown.
Following the game, Mahomes declared that the offense would keep trying to turn things around and stated that he believed the Kansas City defense to be the best in the NFL. Vegas seems to share Mahomes’ positive outlook, as the defending champions still have the highest odds to win it all in February.
Super Bowl probability: +550
The Philadelphia Eagles are still rolling after defeating the division rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. They have the best record in the NFL (8-1) thanks to quarterback Jalen Hurts and wide receiver A.J. Brown (who, for the first time since Week 3, is unable to surpass the 125-yard receiving mark).
The defending NFC champions, who were at +600 before their game against the Cowboys last week, now have the second-best Super Bowl odds at +550. The Eagles have a bye week before their pivotal games against the 49ers, Chiefs, and Bills.
Hurts and his colleagues should benefit greatly from the bye as it gives them much-needed rest before their next stretch. Given the Eagles’ prowess on the offensive line, don’t be shocked if their chances get better as they establish themselves as legitimate contenders.
You have seen these two teams matchup before. Last year’s Super Bowl in fact were these exact two teams facing one another. Last year the Chiefs were slight favorites to win and did so thanks for a pass interference call at the end of the game.
This year, don’t be so certain things will play out the same way. The Eagles may very well be favored this time around as they have bolstered their defense and are playing better than the Chiefs. In fact, you can take this as our official pick should these two teams repeat as Super Bowl participants. Take the Eagles to win.