We are just two weeks into the NFL season, but it's never too early to look ahead toward the biggest spectacle in sports, the Super Bowl.
This year, the game is taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on February 2nd, 2020 and is slated to be one of the biggest sports betting days of the year. Casual and hardcore football fans come together to enjoy the event and a multitude of markets, and Super Bowl betting in 2020 will be no different.
The only thing more fun than betting on the big game is already having a wager in place from earlier in the season, which is where NFL futures bets come in. Many of the top sports betting sites in NJ including DraftKings Sportsbook offer a wide range of futures markets including Division Winner, Conference Winner and Super Bowl Winner.
Here, we will be taking a look at how the Conference Winner market has matured over the early part of the season and make predictions for which teams will wind up in Super Bowl 54 when February arrives.
Super Bowl 2020 Betting Odds At DraftKings NJ
Two games into the season, we're already seeing movement surrounding certain teams. We'll be comparing the current odds at DraftKings NJ to what they were just before the season began to gain some context on how the first couple of weeks of the season have altered lines.
Below are three teams from each conference keep an eye on if you're trying to decide on some Super Bowl 54 predictions.
AFC Winner Odds
Through two weeks, it's no surprise who the betting favorites to win the AFC are. The Patriots a Chiefs could very well be on a collision course for another conference championship game and remain favorites to battle for a spot in Super Bowl 54.
New England Patriots (+165 To Win AFC)
The defending-champion Patriots have been nothing short of a juggernaut through two games, so they remain the favorites to reach the 2020 Super Bowl.
After outscoring opponents 76-3 in the first two games and appearing unstoppable, odds tumbled from above +300 before the season began to the current number of +165. New England does appear to be a dominant force, and this line could only continue to drop as the wins pile up.
Kansas City Chiefs (+265 To Win AFC)
The Chiefs have quietly scored 58 points through two games and also have a 2-0 record despite losing dynamic wideout Tyreek Hill for several weeks. If you liked them before the season, there's still reason to at +265 to win the AFC.
Kansas City is falling under the radar with the Patriots dominating, and they could be ripe for a bet to reach the Super Bowl. The line has shifted little to its current spot, a great payout for a team that led New England at the two-minute warning of the AFC title game.
Houston Texans (+1600 To Win AFC)
Beating out New England and Kansas City for a trip to Miami is an uphill climb for any team, including Houston.
The Texans, however, are worth a look at +1600 as a group that could be 2-0 and has one of the best QB/WR combinations in the league in Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. Oddsmakers are currently sleeping on this team as a conference contender, ranking them behind the Ravens, Chargers and Browns. Houston is still favorites to win the AFC South (+140) at 1-1 and could be 2-0 after losing a thriller in Week 1.
NFC Winner Odds
In the NFC, things appear a bit more wide open in terms of odds. No team has jumped out as the clear favorite with about a half-dozen teams could be worth a wager of some kind, although a couple are off to fast starts in 2019.
Los Angeles Rams (+400 To Win NFC)
After being +350 before the season, the Rams are even more profitable now at +400 despite winning its first two games and scoring at least 27 points in each contest.
Running back Todd Gurley II has a reduced workload this regular season, but that should ramp up around postseason time and it hasn't affected the offense. Drew Brees' injury in New Orleans may help open up a shot for the Rams to once again gain home field where they dominated last season.
Green Bay Packers (+650 To Win NFC)
A healthy Aaron Rodgers and a new offense have led to a 2-0 start for Green Bay, which featured wins over the rival Bears and Vikings. Currently at +650 to win the conference, the Packers need to be seriously considered as a contender in the NFC.
The Rodgers-led offense hasn't wowed anyone to this point, but maybe that's what is soo encouraging. The Green Bay defense appears much improved, and this team could be hosting playoff games at Lambeau now that they've got an inside track on the division.
Dallas Cowboys (+700 To Win NFC)
The Cowboys' revamped offense is firing on all cylinders as the team has put up 66 points in two wins to begin the season. Quarterback Dak Prescott is surpassing expectations and changing the dynamic of that unit, which has led to the team opening some eyes early.
It remains to be seen whether Dallas can win the NFC East or even make the playoffs, but the value is there for a team more dangerous now than at any point in recent memory. Even with the hot start, Dallas' odds to win the NFC are fifth-best at +700 at DraftKings NJ.
Super Bowl 2020 Betting Predictions: Chiefs, Packers Odds Hold Value
After just two games being played for everyone, we could be making these NFL futures betting picks with some misinformation based on such a small portion of the schedule. With that said, part of being a winning bettor is putting what we've seen to this point into context and finding some value, which does still exist in markets like 'Conference Winner' on DraftKings.
Below are our current picks for which teams we'll see at Super Bowl 2020 in Miami:
- Green Bay Packers To Win NFC (+650)
- Kansas City Chiefs To Win AFC (+265)
The Packers (2-0) winning games with defense, and not purely because of Rodgers and the offense, is a good sign. New coach Matt LaFleur should find a rapport with his Hall-of-Fame quarterback, and when he does, results could be scary.
The defense has been the question mark, and so far that unit has answered the call. Considering green Bay's overall schedule, this team could win 11 or 12 games and the division before playing host at Lambeau in the postseason, making them as dangerous as any team in the NFC.
The Chiefs (2-0) aren't far off from the team many expected to see this season. With Patrick Mahomes running that high-octane offense, slowing them down won't be easy. While New England may have Bill Belichick and the deepest talent pool on offense, the value on Kansas City can't be ignored. If there's one team to dethrone New England, it's the AFC West champs.