2020-21 NFL Playoffs Betting
The Green Bay Packers have won more Super Bowls than the rest of the teams playing on Championship Weekend combined. Green Bay has four Lombardi Trophy’s to its credit, while Kansas City has two following last year’s title and Tampa Bay has just one. The Buffalo Bills have yet to win a Super Bowl despite four straight trips to the NFL’s biggest stage in the early 1990s, but this is their best team since those halcyon days.
Super Bowl Odds (Jan 19)
|ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL
|Buffalo Bills +345
||Green Bay Packers +197
|Kansas City Chiefs +206
||Tampa Bay Buccaneers +390
AFC Championship Betting Odds
Kansas City Chiefs -3
Buffalo Bills +3
NFC Championship Betting Odds
Green Bay Packers -3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3
NFL Conference Championship
Ten teams have been eliminated from the playoffs after the Divisional Round, leaving just four teams alive for Championship Weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers were here last year, and while the Chiefs are looking to return to the Super Bowl, the Packers are hoping to make amends after being trounced by Raheem Mostert and the San Francisco 49ers. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to spoil the plans of both No. 1 seeds, and they are only short underdogs on Sunday. Read more
Dozens of hours of television programming will focus on the status of Patrick Mahomes throughout the week. Mahomes suffered a concussion after running the option on third-and-short against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of last week’s Divisional Round game. He was clearly out of it after the play, and no one knows whether or not he will be ready to take on the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
There is a significant drop-off from Mahomes to Chad Henne. While Mahomes is a future Hall of Famer, a league MVP, and a Super Bowl MVP, Henne has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns over the course of his 14-year career. He made his first playoff appearance last week in relief of Mahomes, and he threw one of the worst interceptions you will see given the stakes.
If Mahomes can’t play, Buffalo might close as a favorite per the NFL betting odds. The Bills have the offense to beat the Chiefs in a shootout, and their defense rose to the occasion against Baltimore last week. After struggling for much of the season and looking shaky against Indianapolis in the Wild Card Round, the Bills only allowed the Ravens to score three points last Saturday. This formidable ground game was contained with Lamar Jackson running for just 34 yards before leaving with an injury.
Josh Allen has been solid in the playoffs after a breakout regular season. He is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 530 yards (7.4 YPA) with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Stefon Diggs has been the primary recipient of his passes, just as he was all season, leading the way with 14 receptions for 234 yards and two TDs.
Father Time is still waiting on Tom Brady. Brady continues to get it done despite being 43 years old. He is the most decorated quarterback in NFL history by a significant amount, but he has yet to face the second-best quarterback of his generation in the postseason.
Aaron Rodgers is in line to win the NFL MVP. Rodgers has been sensational throughout the entire season save one game in mid-October. He had his worst game of the year against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, completing 16 of 35 passes for 160 yards with two interceptions in a 38-10 romp for the hosts. Green Bay got out to a 10-0 lead in that game, but a 32-yard pick-six from Jamel Dean followed by another interception that left Tampa Bay on the goal line led to a 28-point second quarter for Tampa.
A lot of ink will be spilled talking about Tampa Bay’s historically poor performances in cold weather. The Buccaneers are 0-8 in Lambeau Field when the temperature is freezing, and they have a winning percentage under .250 in games where the on-field temperature is less than 50 degrees. They really struggled to beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football back in November when the temperature was in the 30s, so many bettors will go against the Bucs based on that alone.
This Buccaneers’ team has more of a chance than you might believe on the surface though. The defense is built for the cold weather, as no team is better at stopping the run in the NFL.
Additionally, there is a chance they get DT Vita Vea back from what was thought to be a season-ending injury.
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