Who are the early favorites in the NFL this season?
With half the games of the regular done and dusted, the league's best teams are rising to the top. However, things can - and often do - change in the second half of the season as we get geared up for the playoffs, and then the big game, which will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on February 7, 2021.
Around this time, bettors who are chasing extra value will be eyeing up the best NFL futures while also snapping up the top sportsbook bonuses at the same time. Let's have a look at the teams that are standing out right now.
Kansas City Chiefs
The current favorite with all the leading sportsbooks; the Chiefs are looking to retain the Super Bowl for the first time in the team's history. Other than losing 40 - 32 to the Raiders, they have a perfect regular-season record. More ominously is that the defense has clicked into gear in recent weeks - only allowing 279 total YPG and 14 PPG. When you then have Patrick Mahomes driving his offense forward at the other end, you can see why they have the favorite's tag.
If there is one side that looks most likely to wrestle the Super Bowl away from Kansas, it's the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although they are a game behind several other teams in the AFC, they have a clean 7 - 0 record as things stand. A solid win against a strong Baltimore side showed this team is going to be in with a shout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Third favorites in the betting are the Bucs. They are currently riding a three-game win streak, which has improved their record to 6 - 2 for the season. After heavy wins against the Packers and Raiders, they edged past the Giants. Sometimes, it's the narrow wins that feed the belief it could be your season.
The Seahawks are a match for any team on their day. Russell Wilson and D.K. Metcalf are both exceptional talents, and with Carlos Dunlap joining the defense and Jamal Adams due back from a groin injury, things could get even better. They currently lead the NFC West with a credible 6 and 1 record.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are chasing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. Their present win streak is up to four games: however, they've been nail-biters with the last three wins all being by a 3-point margin. Admittedly, they are somewhat of a longshot in the betting, but if they can tighten up their defense, then who knows how far they could go.
It's also worth mentioning the Ravens. Their name is in the mix, and they are quietly being spoken about. Despite losing to the Steelers, many would agree that they outplayed them for large parts of the game but were undone by ball security. If QB Lamar Jackson can up his game when facing the best defenses in the league, then Baltimore may turn a few heads if they hit the play-offs.