We are now at the tail end of the NFL regular season with just a handful of games left across the league. Every team has played at least 15 of their 17 games so far and with division winners in all but the NFC East, the playoff picture is starting to take shape.
So far, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Jacksonville Jaguars have all guaranteed themselves an appearance in the playoffs after clinching their respective divisions. The Baltimore Ravens and LA Chargers will also appear as wild cards whilst the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and NY Giants have done the same with the former two battling to clinch the NFC East.
Of course, every team to make the playoffs will not be happy with stopping there and will fight for a chance to appear in the Super Bowl. Super Bowl odds currently have the Kansas City Chiefs as slight favorites but there are plenty of great teams breathing down their necks. Here is everything you need to know about the big game.
Teams with the Best Odds to Win the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 12th at the home of the Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. First opening in 2006, the State Farm Stadium has housed the Cardinals for 17 seasons now. Although it is the second smallest stadium in the league by capacity, Arizona crowds have garnered a great reputation for the noise they generate.
The stadium has the ability to host 72,000 seated spectators and a capacity crowd is expected as it always is for the big one. As well as hosting the Cardinals, the State Farm Stadium has been the home of the NCAA’s Fiesta Bowl since 2007. With tickets for the 57th edition of the Super Bowl starting at around $5,500, it will cost you a pretty penny to witness it in all of its glory. Rihanna will be the headline performer of this year’s halftime show and the multi-platinum superstar is sure to blow the roof off.
But who exactly are we going to see take the field on February 12? Whilst the playoff bracket is yet to begin, we can speculate on the hopes of some of the teams we will see enter going off of their regular season performances.
Philadelphia Eagles (+550)
The Eagles were nobody’s favorites heading into the 2022/23 NFL season. Priced at around +2000 preseason, the Eagles were fancied to perhaps enter the playoffs, but no one could have predicted just how dominant they became during the regular season. They went eight games unbeaten from the beginning of the season before tripping up against the Washington Commanders but then went on to win another five straight games. With the playoffs secured and the Birds firing on all cylinders, they are a real threat in 2023.
Buffalo Bills (+440)
The Bills were widely seen as being the best team in the league before the season started with quarterback Josh Allen arguably regarded in the same light. Their performances this season have left no doubt as to why. Allen may be the best dual threat QB in the league and his partnership with wide receiver Stefon Diggs has put up 10 receiving touchdowns alone. They also boast the second-best defense in the league, allowing an average of just 17.5 points per game. With the Bills having never won a Super Bowl, there is surely no better chance for the Lombardi Trophy to make its way to Buffalo than there is in 2023.
Kansas City Chiefs (+340)
Under Andy Reid, the Chiefs are likely to become the next dynasty team after the New England Patriots of the 2000s. Since Patrick Mahomes burst onto the scene in 2018, they have reached new heights, appearing in back-to-back Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020, winning the former. Although they lost star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in the preseason, they still boasted the best Tight End in the league with Travis Kelce, and his 12 receiving touchdowns this campaign is second to just Davante Adams. The Chiefs will want to bounce back after missing out on a third successive Super Bowl appearance in the Conference final last year and you’d back them to do just that.
Whilst they round out the favorites, as we have often seen that is not the story of the Super Bowl. The 49ers have the strongest defense in the league with a good offense to go with it and pose just as much of a threat as anyone. The Bengals, whilst starting the regular season poorly are now on a run of 11 wins in a row and have great momentum heading into the playoffs. Whoever makes it to the State Farm Stadium is sure to put on a show after yet another incredible NFL regular season.