- The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, 34-20.
- The Ravens are now second place in Super Bowl odds, with +650 odds.
- The Chiefs are +400 to win the Super Bowl, and +210 to win the AFC.
KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs dispatched with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, and that victory sent shockwaves through the betting community.
The Ravens only scored 20 points against the Chiefs, and the Chiefs comfortably won the game, 34-20.
How ‘bout those Chiefs!?
"HOW 'BOUT THOSE @CHIEFS?!"
— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2020
The Chiefs are now clearly in the driver's seat in terms of the AFC odds and the Super Bowl odds.
Before the game, the Ravens were actually slightly in front of the Chiefs on some online sportsbooks, with -450 odds to the Chiefs -500.
In addition, the Ravens were favored by three points, on the spread, and ESPN’s FPI had them at a 60% chance to win. After Monday’s game, all of that looks foolish in the face of Patrick Mahomes, destroyer of favorites.
Here’s what the new Super Bowl odds look like, down to +2000.
Odds to Win Super Bowl LV
- Kansas City Chiefs +400
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- Seattle Seahawks +750
- Green Bay Packers +1000
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1400
- New Orleans Saints +1600
- San Francisco 49ers +1600
- Buffalo Bills +1800
- Pittsburgh Steelers +1800
- Dallas Cowboys +2000
The Chiefs now stand alone at the top of the Super Bowl odds boards, with +400 odds.
However, lest any NFL bettor think that this loss means that the odds on the Ravens have gotten particularly juicy, they honestly haven’t.
The Ravens still sit in second place, with +650 odds to win the Super Bowl. After Monday’s debacle, an alarming trend is developing, however.
Which fact is more important for Lamar Jackson since taking over as starter in Week 11 of 2018?
- Jackson hasn't overcome a halftime deficit (0-6)
- Jackson has led his team to more halftime leads than anybody else in football and won every one of those games (20-0)
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 29, 2020
Per Bill Barnwell, Lamar Jackson has never overcome a halftime deficit in his entire career. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, never being behind at halftime is a big ask.
The Ravens are as equipped as anyone to accomplish something like that, but one is reminded of the Texans/Chiefs game from last year’s playoffs, where Mahomes led his team to a brilliant comeback - could Jackson ever accomplish something similar?
One wonders if his inability to win games from behind should be impacting whether or not people wager on his team to win the Super Bowl.
The same applies to the AFC odds.
Odds to Win the AFC Championship
- Kansas City Chiefs +210
- Baltimore Ravens +325
- Buffalo Bills +800
- Pittsburgh Steelers +900
- Indianapolis Colts +1200
- Tennessee Titans +1200
- New England Patriots +1400
The Chiefs and the Ravens still dominate the odds for the AFC, at about the same ratio as they dominate the odds for the Super Bowl.
Interestingly, the Buffalo Bills are next on the AFC odds boards, which reflects their stellar play thus far, and the improvements made by Josh Allen.
An interesting long shot could be the New England Patriots. Cam Newton has looked comfortable, and their one loss so far is against a Seattle Seahawks team that might be underrated themselves.
Super Bowl betting is already starting to look very interesting this year, and bettors should keep their eyes on the odds to get the best bets on the teams they want!