The countdown to Super Bowl LVI is well and truly on, with a road to Inglewood on February 13th being mapped out for 14 teams still in contention for American Football’s grandest prize.
Only one will prevail, with confetti set to rain down on those fortunate enough to get their hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy. The battle to savour that moment in the spotlight looks set to be an intriguing one, with there being both arguments for and against all of those involved coming out on top.
The reigning champions are still in the mix, as are the beaten finalists from 2021, a franchise looking for the perfect end to a debut campaign in Las Vegas, plucky underdogs and three sides that are still waiting on their first taste of ultimate glory.
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2022
Who will hoist the prestigious piece of silverware aloft? Many are willing to offer insight and opinion in a keenly-contested race for NFL supremacy, with the pros and cons of firm favourites and rank outsiders being dissected in minute detail.
There are Super Bowl predictions to be found at WSN.com, but are they valid and can value be unearthed in a congested market? The cream has a tendency of rising to the top in scenarios such as this, with tried and tested often the way forward, and it comes as no surprise to find that pedigree is being favoured over potential.
Runners and Riders
At the business end of any given NFL campaign, when fixtures become all-or-nothing and everything is put on the line, it is wise to look for experience and cool heads. Those that can handle the pressure, rather than buckle under it, are best placed to make a serious play for sought-after trophies.
With that in mind, WSN is not straying too far from a proven winning formula when tipping the Green Bay Packers to go well. They currently top the market, having been priced at odds of 19/5, and have the evergreen Aaron Rodgers under centre, with an all-time great desperate to claim the second ring that his ability and longevity deserves.
If pure scoring power is more your thing, though, then the Kansas City Chiefs, who are staked at odds of 5/1, are an obvious pick. Patrick Mahomes has every play in the book, along with a supporting cast that includes the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. In addition, Mahomes has been there or thereabouts when the biggest prizes were dished out in each of the last two seasons.
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— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 12, 2022
The 15/2-backed Buffalo Bills represent something of a punt, given that they can be inconsistent at times, but they are another outfit, with Josh Allen as the quarterback, that boasts the attacking firepower to trouble anybody and the defensive steel to keep opponents at arm’s length.
It is wise of WSN to advise steering clear of the injury-ravaged Baltimore Ravens, while the Philadelphia Eagles are another of those looking to do things the hard way out on the road, but the absence of Tom Brady from any Super Bowl discussion poses plenty of questions. History dictates that the GOAT should never be underestimated and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will believe that they truly can go back-to-back.
That, though, is what sport and betting are all about: opinions, personal preference and fabled ‘feelings’. Ultimately it does not matter how you get to an ultimate selection, just that you know how to separate you Rams and Raiders in the runners and riders.