The Chiefs are slight favorites ahead of Baltimore at most sportsbooks, including +600 at DraftKings and FanDuel, with both sportsbooks offering the Ravens as second favorites at +650. The San Francisco 49ers are +900 at both books followed by the New Orleans Saints, who are +1100 at DraftKings and +1200 at FanDuel.
Chiefs, Ravens, 49ers … and then who?
Beyond the top three is where sportsbooks begin to differ a bit.
DraftKings is offering the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +1400, ahead of the Dallas Cowboys (+1500), while FanDuel is offering equal +1500 moneyline bets on both teams.
Meanwhile, William Hill is offering the Chiefs at +550, followed by the Ravens (+600) and 49ers (+700), with a steep drop until the Bucs and Saints at +1200 and Cowboys at +1500.
One thing is abundantly clear: Not much is expected from Jacksonville this season. The Jaguars have the longest Super Bowl odds — +17500 at DraftKings and +20000 at FanDuel and William Hill, and have the lowest over/under win total at just 4 1/2 games.
Jacksonville is also a +8000 longshot to win the AFC at DraftKings, where the Chiefs and Ravens are well ahead of the pack entering the season. Kansas City is +300 to win the AFC Championship, ahead of the Ravens at +320. The next closest teams are the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at +1100.
NFC appears deeper
The picture is much more crowded in the NFC, with the 49ers (+450) favorites over the Saints (+550), Cowboys (+700) and Bucs (+750).
The young quarterbacks who lead the top two favorites are also expected to battle for league MVP honors.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the shortest odds at +400, ahead of reigning MVP Lamar Jackson (+700). Quarterbacks occupy the first 15 spots, with Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry both being offered at +5000.
No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow will open the season at quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s also the +250 favorite at DraftKings to win offensive rookie of the year honors. Just behind him is Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, whose role unexpectedly increased when Damien Williams opted out of playing this season.
Super Bowl 55 Odds (DraftKings)
Kansas City Chiefs, +600 Baltimore Ravens, +650 San Francisco 49ers, +900 New Orleans Saints, +1100 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, +1400 Dallas Cowboys, +1500 New England Patriots, +2000 Philadelphia Eagles, +2000 Seattle Seahawks, +2000 Indianapolis Colts, +2200 Buffalo Bills, +2500 Minnesota Vikings, +2500 Pittsburgh Steelers, +2500 Green Bay Packers, +2800 Tennessee Titans, +2800 Chicago Bears, +4000 Cleveland Browns, +4000 Los Angeles Rams, +4000 Los Angeles Chargers, +4500 Arizona Cardinals, +5000 Atlanta Falcons, +5000 Denver Broncos, +5000 Houston Texans, +5000 Detroit Lions, +6000 Las Vegas Raiders, +6600 Miami Dolphins, +8000 New York Giants, +8000 New York Jets, +8000 Carolina Panthers, +12500 Cincinnati Bengals, +15000 Washington Football Team, +15000 Jacksonville Jaguars, +17500 –Field Level Media ()