Patriots Vault to Super Bowl 2020 Co-Favorites with Victory
Once again, the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions. But this time around, it just felt a little different. In order for New England to get to the Super Bowl, it took considerably more effort than they are used to applying.
They were underdogs in the 2019 playoffs – and in 2020 Super Bowl futures betting.
Late in December, the Patriots lost their No.1 receiver in Josh Gordon and held only the No. 3 seed behind the Chiefs and the Texans. At the time, they were +300 to win the AFC and nearly +500 in Super Bowl betting odds.
New England was struggling after losing back-to-back games against the Dolphins and the Steelers. For a brief moment, it did appear that the Patriots’ Super Bowl window may have closed.
However, we were once again reminded of the greatness of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Those two are always able to do more than less and this time around, it resulted in their sixth-Super Bowl win together.
Patriots Were 3rd Choice a Week Ago
But even despite their ninth Super Bowl appearance together, there was some doubt that the team could do it again next year. Just a week ago, both the Chiefs (+600) and the Rams (+650) had better odds to win Super Bowl LIV than the Patriots (+750) at 888Sport.
Even before the Super Bowl, those odds seemed off. The Patriots had just beaten the Chiefs in Kansas City, and the Chiefs are scheduled to lose a ton of talent in free agency. New England, on the other hand, will be returning Brady and Belichick, and will be selecting four times inside of the top-75 of the 2019 NFL Draft, per Tankathon.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Patriots were much improved next season, rather than declining as some have suggested they might.
2020 Super Bowl Favorites
Even after the win on Sunday, the Patriots still aren’t the stand alone favorites to win the Super Bowl next year. According to 888sport, New England, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams all have the same odds (+750) to win the Super Bowl. After that tier, the Saints come in next at +1100 while the Colts and Chargers both stand at +1400 to win the Super Bowl.
Top Super Bowl LIV Contenders
|Team||Super Bowl 2020 Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+750|
|Los Angeles Rams||+750|
|New England Patriots||+750|
|New Orleans Saints||+1100|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+1400|
|Green Bay Packers||+2500|
Odds via 888Sport and SugarHouse.
Are Patriots Undervalued?
That odds of +750 for the Patriots presents a lot of value. In fact, so does Kansas City at the same odds. Considering the coaches and quarterbacks on both sides, it wouldn’t be a shock to see these two teams play once again in the AFC Championship Game next season.
And if we get to that point, no matter where the game is played, you would have to believe the Patriots will be favored in that contest.
It’s not necessarily exciting, but betting the Patriots to win the Super Bowl a year from now is fairly safe bet. At the very least, you know they will be in contention until the very end and they will likely appear in the AFC Championship game, at the very least.
For that reason alone, the Patriots should be the favorites after what they accomplished this season and over the last two decades. If we’ve learned one thing over the years betting on the NFL , you never want to count out the New England Patriots.
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