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Super Bowl 56 odds: Cardinals power through adversity while Titans lay an egg

Tennessee looked like the only team immune to bad losses before playing the Texans.

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Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the Houston Texans in the third quarter at Nissan Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Good luck figuring out the 2021 NFL season. Every week, a team that looks like a Super Bowl contender decides to falter. Maybe this is what happens in a league where parity is achieved at a much higher rate than other sports. It’s truly anybody’s guess who will end up meeting for the NFL championship at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

This, of course, is a great thing for bettors. You can make a case for or against number of teams, which means oddsmakers are going to have a tough time assigning values. There’s no clear cut favorite, even as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are leading the way at +600, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Arizona Cardinals faltered last week but are now 2-1 without Kyler Murray heading into the bye week. Arizona was able to stifle a desperate Seattle Seahawks team in Seattle with backups, cementing the Cardinals as a threat in the NFC. Murray and DeAndre Hopkins should be back after the bye week.

Remember when everyone thought the Chiefs were done? Kansas City is now +750 to win the Super Bowl as Patrick Mahomes and company have started to figure things out offensively. The Chiefs are also making enough plays defensively, and shut down a Dallas Cowboys team many believed was ready to break through in the postseason. The Cowboys sit at +800 and might have to play on Thanksgiving without their top two receivers.

The Green Bay Packers (+1000) looked like a safe bet with Aaron Rodgers at the helm before the team’s championship-caliber defense completely folded against the Minnesota Vikings (+4000). Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson tore Green Bay apart, especially on the final drive. And yet that wasn’t the biggest surprise of Week 11.

The Tennessee Titans, coming off wins over the Rams and Saints without Derrick Henry, sat at +1200 heading into Week 11. They lost to the lowly Houston Texans, with Ryan Tannehill throwing four interceptions in the 22-13 defeat. The Titans now sit at +2000 to win it all.

As all this chaos unfolds, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are sitting pretty atop the AFC East at 7-4. The Patriots are +1400 to win the title and look like the most complete team in the league at the moment. They’ll play the Titans next week and the Bills after that, so +1400 might be the best value for potential bettors. The only certainty in the NFL this season is that no team is safe, so be ready for New England to deliver a suspect performance sooner or later.

Here’s a look at full Super Bowl odds heading towards Week 12.

Super Bowl 56 odds, Week 18

Team Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
Team Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
Green Bay Packers +1300 +450 +400
Kansas City Chiefs +500 +400 +500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600 +600 +750
Buffalo Bills +1000 +800 +750
Los Angeles Rams +1400 +850 +900
Dallas Cowboys +3500 +1100 +1000
Tennessee Titans +3000 +2000 +1400
New England Patriots +3500 +1200 +1600
Indianapolis Colts +3500 +1400 +1600
Arizona Cardinals +4500 +2000 +1800
Cincinnati Bengals +15000 +2800 +2000
San Francisco 49ers +1400 +3500 +3500
Los Angeles Chargers +3000 +4000 +3500
Philadelphia Eagles +10000 +7500 +6000
Las Vegas Raiders +10000 +10000 +10000
New Orleans Saints +3000 +10000 +15000
Minnesota Vikings +5000 +15000 +20000
Baltimore Ravens +1400 +5000 +25000
Pittsburgh Steelers +4500 +15000 +50000
Cleveland Browns +1600 +15000 OTB
Miami Dolphins +3500 +15000 OTB
Washington Football Team +5000 +25000 OTB
Denver Broncos +4500 +50000 OTB
Atlanta Falcons +8000 +50000 OTB
Carolina Panthers +9000 OTB OTB
New York Giants +8000 OTB OTB
Chicago Bears +6500 OTB OTB
Seattle Seahawks +2000 OTB OTB
Jacksonville Jaguars +13000 OTB OTB
New York Jets +15000 OTB OTB
Detroit Lions +20000 OTB OTB
Houston Texans +30000 OTB OTB

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