The Kansas City Chiefs‘ bid to win back-to-back Super Bowls may have come to a crushing end on Sunday night in Tampa, but they have already been installed as the bookmakers’ favorites ahead of next season.
The Chiefs lost 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, as their hopes of becoming the first team to retain the Vince Lombardi Trophy since the New England Patriots in the 2004 season were shattered by the Bucs’ defense.
Kansas City, however, is the early frontrunner to win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on February 6 next year, opening as 11-2 favorites with William Hill and 6-1 at BetMGM.
After defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to end a 50-year drought for a Lombardi Trophy, the Chiefs began the season as 6-1 favorites to win Super Bowl LV and remained the team with the shortest odds throughout the entire campaign.
The Green Bay Packers are next in line at 9-1 with William Hill and 11-1 with FanDuel. The Packers won 13 games for the second consecutive season before losing to the Bucs in the NFC Championship Game last month and Aaron Rodgers will head into the 2021 season fresh from winning his third MVP award on Saturday.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has the third-shortest odds at 11-1. The Bucs opened as high as 60-1 outsiders to win Super Bowl LV back in February, but the odds were slashed to 15-1 after they signed Tom Brady in free agency.
The 43-year-old immediately transformed the franchise, leading the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons and then all the way to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years and only the second time in franchise history.
On Sunday, the Bucs became the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium and became the biggest preseason long shot to hoist the Lombardi Trophy since the New England Patriots in the 2001 season.
The Patriots began the campaign as 60-1 underdogs, before Brady replaced Drew Bledsloe in Week 2 and led New England to an 11-5 record.
Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI as the 14-point underdogs Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams—up until Sunday, the only time Brady had not gone into the Super Bowl as the favorite.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion will be 44 by the time the 2021 season begins, but retirement remains as far away from his mind as ever.
“This team is world champions forever, you can’t take it away from us,” he said in his press conference after Super Bowl LV.
“We’re coming back.”
Behind the Chiefs, the Packers and the Bucs, the Buffalo Bills, who lost to the Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game last month, are next in line with 12-1 odds, along with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers follow at 13-1 at 14-1 respectively, while the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks opened at 16-1 and 18-1.