The midpoint of the NFL season is upon us, and a playoff picture is starting to emerge. The contenders and pretender pools are taking shape, and it is time to start thinking about the Super Bowl. The Week 9 NFL betting odds are out, and there are several favorites capable of making a Super Bowl run.
Read on to see which Week 9 favorites have favorable Super Bowl odds. Then, explore how the NFL betting odds this week lend to Super Bowl projections.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are currently +650 to win the Super Bowl, putting them just behind the Bills and the Buccaneers. This week, they face a Titans team in Los Angeles reeling from losing a leader and all-world player in Derrick Henry.
The Rams rank third in total offensive yards, pass yards, and fifth in points/game. However, while their offense gets most of the attention from bettors, their defense is what could lead them to the Super Bowl. They rank tenth in points allowed per game and seventh in passing yards allowed.
Trading for Von Miller should help them shore up any defensive weakness in the run or pass game. Any team that has to play the Rams in the playoffs is in for a rough night.
Despite losing to the Packers last week, the Cardinals are still a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Before losing to the Packers, they were winners of seven straight games as well. This week, the Cardinals are listed as a pick ’em money line team against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals are also beneficiaries of a favorable remaining schedule. They play only two games against winning opponents. Their most challenging games are home against the Los Angeles Rams, a division rival, and on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.
The major difference in how the Cardinals and Rams are structured is the quarterback play. The Rams rely on veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, while young gun Kyler Murray drives the Cardinals offense.
Relying on Murray is plausible, as the Chiefs made two consecutive Super Bowl appearances with equally young Patrick Mahomes at the helm. The Chiefs surrounded Mahomes with explosive offensive talents like Tyreke Hill and Sammy Watkins. The Cardinals modeled this approach by bringing in DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green, both having elite receiving seasons.
The Bills are currently 5-2 and sitting atop the AFC East. They are two games ahead in the loss column over the New England Patriots.
Buffalo is another team with a favorable remaining schedule. They have just two games remaining against teams with a winning record.
Their two most challenging games are on the road against the Saints and Buccaneers. But perhaps the most impactful game on the schedule is in Week 13 against the Patriots. Here, the Bills can create enough separation to lock up the AFC East for good.
NFL Betting Odds: Week 9 Favorites with Super Bowl Hopes
Several Week 9 favorites have established themselves as Super Bowl hopefuls. The Packers, Cardinals, and Bills are all capable of making a run at the Lombardi Trophy.
If you enjoyed this article about Super Bowl contenders, check out the Week 9 NFL betting odds for more insight into the league.