Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Colts’ Super Bowl odds shorten with Carson Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts are a more legitimate contender with Carson Wentz under center next season, at least in the eyes of oddsmakers.

Indianapolis reportedly agreed to acquire Wentz from Philadelphia on Thursday, which will reunite him with former Eagles offensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Frank Reich. Although the deal cannot be made official until the start of the 2021 NFL league year on March 17, the Colts’ Super Bowl LVI odds have shortened from +2900 to +2600 at FanDuel and from +2500 to +2000 at SportsBetting.com.

The Colts are now +1300 to win the AFC Championship at FanDuel, behind Kansas City (+250), Buffalo (+500), Baltimore (+650) and Cleveland (+1200). With Wentz, Indianapolis is now +110 behind Tennessee (+105) to win the AFC South next season.

SportsBetting.com installed the Colts as the +150 favorite last month to land Wentz amid speculation the Eagles were peddling their former No. 2 overall pick. The Colts were followed by the Chicago Bears (+200) and New England Patriots (+500).

Indianapolis was considered a likely potential destination for Wentz after the retirement of Philip Rivers, who led the Colts to a wild-card spot in his lone season with the team. With Jacoby Brissett also a pending free agent, 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason has been the Colts’ only quarterback under contract.

Wentz, 28, signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019. He struggled last season and was eventually benched by Doug Pederson, who made Wentz inactive in Week 17.

Super Bowl LVI Odds (FanDuel):
Kansas City Chiefs: +500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +950
Buffalo Bills: +1100
Green Bay Packers: +1100
Los Angeles Rams: +1300
San Francisco 49ers: +1400
Baltimore Ravens: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1600
Seattle Seahawks: +2000
Cleveland Browns: +2200
Indianapolis Colts: +2600
Tennessee Titans: +2700
Dallas Cowboys: +2800
Miami Dolphins: +2800
Los Angeles Chargers: +3100
Pittsburgh Steelers: +3100
New England Patriots: +4000
Arizona Cardinals: +4400
Minnesota Vikings: +4400
Carolina Panthers: +5000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +5000
Atlanta Falcons: +6000
Chicago Bears: +6000
New York Jets: +6500
Houston Texans: +7000
New York Giants: +7000
Washington Football Team: +7000
Cincinnati Bengals: +8000
Denver Broncos: +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars: +8000
Detroit Lions: +12000

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs installed as heavy Super Bowl LVI favorites

The Kansas City Chiefs hit a significant bump in the road Sunday night, but sportsbooks anticipate their march toward a dynasty revving back up in six months.

The Chiefs were installed as heavy favorites to win Super Bowl LVI by several sportsbooks before Sunday night, including being offered at +490 by FanDuel. Those odds didn’t waver shortly after Kansas City was routed 31-9 in Super Bowl LV by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Chiefs are well ahead of the Bucs, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, who were all being offered at +1100 on Sunday night immediately after the game. That trio was followed by the Los Angeles Rams (+1200), who have acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford since losing to the Packers in the Divisional Playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers are being offered at +1300 by FanDuel, with the Baltimore Ravens having the third-shortest odds among AFC teams at +1400.

DraftKings is offering the Chiefs at +550 to win Super Bowl LVI, followed by the Bucs and Packers at +900 and no other team listed with shorter odds than +1200 (Baltimore, Buffalo and the L.A. Rams). The sportsbook listed the 49ers at +1400.

The Lions, who acquired Jared Goff in the Stafford deal, are the longest shots at FanDuel at +12000. The next longest odds belong to four teams at +8000: the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team. The WFT is coming off winning the NFC East, but enter the offseason with major questions about the team’s quarterback situation for the 2021 season.

DraftKings is offering the Lions at +10000 along with the Houston Texans, who enter the offseason with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson pushing to be traded.

Super Bowl LVI Odds (FanDuel):
Kansas City Chiefs: +490
Buffalo Bills: +1100
Green Bay Packers: +1100
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100
Los Angeles Rams: +1200
San Francisco 49ers: +1300
Baltimore Ravens: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1900
Seattle Seahawks: +2000
Cleveland Browns: +2200
Tennessee Titans: +2700
Miami Dolphins: +2800
Indianapolis Colts: +2900
Los Angeles Chargers: +3100
Pittsburgh Steelers: +3100
Dallas Cowboys: +3300
New England Patriots: +3700
Arizona Cardinals: +4100
Minnesota Vikings: +4400
Atlanta Falcons: +5000
Carolina Panthers: +5000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +5000
Chicago Bears: +6000
New York Jets: +6500
Houston Texans: +7000
New York Giants: +7000
Cincinnati Bengals: +8000
Denver Broncos: +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars: +8000
Washington Football Team: +8000
Detroit Lions: +12000

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; A general view of the Super Bowl LV official football on the beach at Anna Maria Island.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Heads or tails? Super Bowl bettors split from coin toss to champion

Super Bowl LV is already unlike any of its predecessors as the world’s most-watched annual sporting event takes on a unique shape during a global pandemic.

That certainly includes the sports betting market. While retail sportsbooks are expected to take a hard hit due to COVID-19, the record number of U.S. states with legalized online sports betting is driving record numbers for regulated sportsbooks.

More than two days before kickoff, BetRivers.com reported the Super Bowl to already be the heaviest wagered-on NFL game of the season. The FanDuel Sportsbook is now available in 12 states and along with many of its competitors is offering hundreds of betting markets for Super Bowl LV.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the 3-point favorites at most books. That includes DraftKings, where the defending champions are being backed by 69 percent of the bets. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now split the handle — or total money — wagered on the spread line. And the Bucs’ +140 moneyline has drawn 58 percent of the bets and 51 percent of the handle.

Before covering against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs had failed to cover at BetRivers.com in nine consecutive games. They enter the Super Bowl 7-10-1 ATS this season. Meanwhile, the Bucs have covered in seven of their past 10 games, including each of their past two playoff victories.

The money has started to also flow toward Tampa Bay at BetRivers, where the Chiefs are still being backed by 68 percent of the spread line bets, but that’s down from 73 percent last week. Kansas City’s -162 moneyline is also being backed by 55 percent of the bets and handle at the book, up from 43 and 47 percent a week ago.

At FanDuel, Tampa Bay’s moneyline is being backed by 54 percent of the bets and is bringing in more action than the Chiefs in nine of the sportsbook’s 12 states.

The one area where bettors aren’t split is the Over/Under.

There was so much action on the Over at FanDuel, the total points line has moved from 56.5 to 55.5. The Chiefs have hit the Over at BetRivers.com in exactly half of their 18 games this season, with the sportsbook also seeing the total move from opening at 57.5 down to 55.5 by Thursday afternoon with the public backing the Over at 70 percent.

The Over remained at 56 at DraftKings as of Friday, with the Over being backed by 70 percent of the bets and 73 percent of the handle.

Of course, the Super Bowl spawns the widest variety of betting options on an annual basis — from squares to office pools to the seemingly endless number of prop markets being offered by online sportsbooks.

Bettors can begin the day wagering on the coin toss (52 percent backing tails at DraftKings) and end it predicting the color of the Gatorade the winning coach will be showered with. Orange has the shortest odds at +125 by FanDuel, with purple providing the +900 longshot odds.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the overwhelming favorite to win MVP honors. He’s being offered at -106 by DraftKings, where he is being backed by 35 percent of the bets and 48 percent of the handle. Behind him is counterpart Tom Brady (+210), who is being backed by 29 percent of the bets and handle.

But why go the conventional route when you can grab +30000 odds at FanDuel on Brady scoring at least three combined rushing and receiving touchdowns?

–Field Level Media

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates during the fourth quarter in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs by less than 3? Sportsbooks exposed by Super Bowl action

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to be the heavy favorite among wagers on the 3-point spread in Super Bowl LV, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ moneyline is bringing in more action.

The mix could prove costly for sportsbooks come Sunday.

The Chiefs are being heavily backed on the spread line, including 89 percent of the handle at PointsBet, 78 percent at DraftKings and 76 percent at BetRivers as of Monday. However, the Bucs are being backed by 58 percent of the moneyline handle at PointsBet (+145).

The Chiefs (-162) are still being backed by 57 percent of the moneyline handle at BetRivers, where the largest bet has been $25,000. It would pay out $62,000 if Tampa Bay wins. The moneyline handle is an even split at DraftKings.

PointsBet Director of Communications Patrick Eichner said the best current result for the book is for Kansas City to win by less than three points. The largest bet so far is a $75,000 wager on the Chiefs -3, which would pay out $62,500.

The book is also facing biggest exposure on the 65-point Over/Under, with the Over being backed by 82 percent of the handle and 80 percent of the total bets.

The Over/Under is 56.5 points at DraftKings, with the public backing the Over at 74 percent in handle and total bets as of Monday.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the overwhelming favorite to win MVP honors. He’s being offered at -110 at PointsBet, which has attracted 10 percent of the total bets. However, counterpart Tom Brady leads the way with 21 percent of the bets backing the Bucs’ quarterback at +200.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford boosts Rams’ Super Bowl LVI odds

The Los Angeles Rams immediately became one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LVI with the acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions.

Listed at 18/1 by SportsBetting.com last week, the Rams are now being offered at 10/1 by the sportsbook, making them the third favorite behind the Kansas City Chiefs (6/1) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9/1).

The Chiefs and Bucs will face off in Super Bowl LV next Sunday.

The Rams’ 2020 season end with a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the playoffs, and coach Sean McVay declined to fully endorse Jared Goff as the team’s starting quarterback for next season.

It quickly became apparent why on Saturday, when the Rams sent Goff and a bevvy of draft picks to Detroit to acquire Stafford.

The Lions were 80/1 longshots last week to win Super Bowl LVI, and SportsBetting.com lengthened those odds to 150/1 following the trade. Detroit is now even with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the biggest longshots among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Super Bowl LVI Odds:
Kansas City Chiefs 6/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9/1
Los Angeles Rams 10/1
Buffalo Bills 11/1
Green Bay Packers 12/1
Baltimore Ravens 12/1
New Orleans Saints 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 18/1
Seattle Seahawks 20/1
Indianapolis Colts 25/1
Miami Dolphins 25/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 25/1
Cleveland Browns 28/1
Dallas Cowboys 28/1
Tennessee Titans 28/1
Los Angeles Chargers 33/1
Minnesota Vikings 33/1
New England Patriots 33/1
Arizona Cardinals 40/1
Chicago Bears 40/1
Las Vegas Raiders 50/1
Philadelphia Eagles 50/1
Denver Broncos 50/1
Atlanta Falcons 66/1
Carolina Panthers 66/1
New York Giants 66/1
Houston Texans 66/1
Washington Football Team 66/1
Cincinnati Bengals 100/1
New York Jets 100/1
Detroit Lions 150/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 150/1

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford’s next team? Colts lead deep pack

With Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions heading for a parting of the ways after 12 years, he becomes the first of what could be the deepest pool of available veteran quarterbacks in recent memory.

Detroit hasn’t officially put the soon-to-be 33-year-old on the trade block, but the sides have reportedly agreed the time has come for Stafford to move on. He could soon be joined by Deshaun Watson, who reportedly wants out of Houston.

There are at least two playoff teams who will be in the market for a veteran quarterback this offseason, and potentially more.

The market for Stafford begins with Indianapolis, which lost to Buffalo in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Philip Rivers announced his retirement last week and backup Jacoby Brissett is a pending free agent.

The Colts are being offered as the +300 favorite to land Stafford by SportsBetting.ag. Next is the San Francisco 49ers (+350), who may move on from oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

The Denver Broncos (+400) have not committed to Drew Lock, who regressed in areas in 2020 after showing intriguing potential as a rookie.

The Washington Football Team won the woeful NFC East and has a talented young roster at many positions other than quarterback. With 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins released and the future of 36-year-old Alex Smith uncertain, the addition of Stafford could make the WFT (+450) a legitimate NFC contender next season.

The list of potential destinations for Stafford doesn’t stop there – New England, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are just three more of several playoff-worthy rosters which could be a change at QB away from taking the “next step.”

SportsBetting.ag is offering odds on all 31 potential NFL destinations.

Matthew Stafford next team odds:
Indianapolis Colts (+300)
San Francisco 49ers (+350)
Denver Broncos (+400)
Washington Football Team (+450)
Carolina Panthers (+700)
New England Patriots (+800)
Las Vegas Raiders (+1000)
Los Angeles Rams (+1100)
Houston Texans (+1200)
Dallas Cowboys (+1400)
New Orleans Saints (+1400)
Atlanta Falcons (+1600)
New York Jets (+1800)
Philadelphia Eagles (+1800)
Green Bay Packers (+2000)
Jacksonville Jaguars (+2000)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2000)
Chicago Bears (+2200)
Miami Dolphins (+2500)
Minnesota Vikings (+3300)
NewYork Giants (+3500)
Tennessee Titans (+4000)
TampaBay Buccaneers (+6600)
Cleveland Browns (+7500)
Arizona Cardinals (+10000)
Cincinnati Bengals (+12500)
Baltimore Ravens (+15000)
Los Angeles Chargers (+15000)
Buffalo Bills (+20000)
Seattle Seahawks (+20000)
Kansas City Chiefs (+25000)

–Field Level Media

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates during the fourth quarter in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs installed as 3.5-point favorites in Super Bowl LV

The Kansas City Chiefs were installed as 3.5-point favorites to win Super Bowl LV shortly after beating the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

DraftKings and PointsBet were among the sportsbooks to set the early line at Kansas City -3.5 points despite the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the first team in the 55-year history of the Super Bowl to play in their home stadium.

The Buccaneers upset the Green Bay Packers, 31-26, earlier in the day in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Tampa Bay has won three consecutive road games in the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl.

DraftKings is offering Chiefs with a -165 moneyline and the Bucs at +135. Kansas City’s early moneyline at PointsBet was -180 with Tampa Bay at +150.

PointsBet has set the early Over/Under at 57.0 points while DraftKings was a tick higher at 57.5 points.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the shortest odds to win game MVP honors at +110 by DraftKings, followed by counterpart Tom Brady at +250.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce have the third-shortest MVP odds at +900 apiece.

–Field Level Media

Oct 19, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass as tight end Nick Keizer (48) blocks Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa (57) in the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship Game splitting bettors

Patrick Mahomes was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol Friday, but the week-long uncertainty surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback has led to split betting action on Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites against the Buffalo Bills by DraftKings, where Kansas City is being backed by 63 percent of the spread handle and 52 percent of the bets. However, Buffalo’s +155 moneyline is being backed by 59 percent of the handle and 61 percent of the bets.

Kansas City is favored by 3.0 points at BetRivers.com. The Chiefs are backed by 58 percent of the spread handle, but 56 percent of the total bets had been placed on Buffalo as of Friday. The Bills’ +145 moneyline has also been backed by 58 percent of the moneyline handle

BetRivers.com is offering the Over/Under at 54.5 points, with the public nearly split evenly with 51 percent of the bets and handle on the Under.

The Bills enter the game riding an eight-game winning streak and have covered the spread in four of their past five games at BetRivers.com, while the Chiefs have not covered since the first day in November.

Mahomes announced Friday that he had cleared the concussion protocol and also said the toe injury that was bothering him against the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round was “feeling a lot better.”

Meanwhile, the Bills’ Josh Allen is playing at a level equal to any quarterback still competing in the postseason.

Ever since a 26-17 loss to the Chiefs in Week 6, the Bills have rolled to 11 wins in 12 games, including eight straight, to gain their first AFC Championship appearance since the 1993 season.

Allen’s steady improvement with the Bills rode a huge uptick this season when he recorded eight 300-yard passing performances.

“He’s poised. I’ve never seen him overly excited,” said wide receiver Stefon Diggs, whose All-Pro season included NFL highs of 1,535 yards and 127 catches. “For him putting his head down and gaining actual (rushing) yards, things like that go far with us.”

If the matchup comes down to key defensive stops, consider that Buffalo has allowed touchdowns on just two of eight red-zone situations in the playoffs. Taron Johnson converted one into a 101-yard pick-six in the divisional-round win against Baltimore.

As for Kansas City, it ranked last in the NFL in red-zone defense, allowing a touchdown rate of 76.6 percent. Yet the Chiefs have held nine opponents to 20 or fewer points.

Two Chiefs playmakers, wideout Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), appear to be back after missing the divisional round. Both players are listed as questionable, as are running back Le’Veon Bell (knee), and cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (concussion/shoulder) and Rashad Fenton (foot).

Linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) will miss the game.

Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (quad) and rookie receiver Gabriel Davis (ankle) are questionable for Buffalo.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Packers heaviest-backed team in conference championships

The Green Bay Packers are the most heavily-backed team by bettors entering this weekend’s conference championships.

The Packers are 3.5-point favorites by several sportsbooks, with 74 percent of the handle and 78 percent of the moneyline bets at DraftKings backing Green Bay against Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

The story is similar at BetRivers, where the Packers’ 3.5-point spread line is being backed by 78 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the bets. The moneyline handle is three times more than any of the other three teams playing this weekend.

The Bucs beat the Packers 38-10 in Tampa Bay in Week 6, but the rematch will come at Lambeau Field where Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of around 30 degrees with light snow.

Green Bay has covered and hit the over in three consecutive games at BetRivers, while Tampa Bay is 3-2 against the spread in its past five games.

Both books have set the Over/Under at 51.5 points. The Over is being backed by 78 percent of the handle and 75 percent of the bets at DraftKings and 71 percent of the handle at BetRivers.

It will be the first postseason meeting between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

The Buccaneers spotted Green Bay 10 first-quarter points in Week 6 and then spent the rest of the game pounding and dismantling the Packers in a 38-10 shellacking.

Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White didn’t mince words afterward, saying the Packers “didn’t deserve to be on the field with us.”

In the eyes of Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur, White’s words aren’t bulletin-board material. They are facts.

“You know, hey, he was right. They whipped us,” LaFleur said earlier this week. “There’s no sense in talking about it. The only thing you can do is you’ve got to prepare the best you can and then go prove it.”

Rodgers threw two interceptions — one returned for a touchdown by cornerback Jamel Dean — and was sacked four times while passing for just 160 yards. His accuracy rate (45.7 on 16-of-35 passing) was his worst of the season.

Though things went exceedingly well in the first matchup, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians can sum up the meeting this way: Doesn’t mean a thing.

“You can’t fall into that trap of what happened last time,” Arians said. “They’re a much, much better football team and we’re a much better football team. Both (teams are) very different right now, so you better take care of today’s work each and every day.”

Tampa Bay reached the NFC title game with a solid 30-20 win over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. The Packers advanced with a 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams the previous day.

In fact, the Buccaneers also won at Washington this postseason and have won seven straight road games.

“Let’s keep that streak going — that would be pretty sweet,” Brady said. “Let’s get another one. We’re going to be challenged to get it because we’re going up against a great football team.

“It’s a great environment. This is one of the coolest stadiums in the league to play in. I know they’re excited, we’ll be excited, and it will make for a great football game.”

Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champ, will be playing in his 14th career league championship final and went 9-4 in AFC title games during his stint with the New England Patriots. The 43-year-old has been performing like someone younger as he passed for 4,633 yards and set a franchise record with 40 touchdown passes in the regular season.

Rodgers also had a stellar season with 4,299 yards and a franchise-record 48 touchdown passes and is a heavy favorite to win NFL MVP honors. He is playing in his fifth NFC title game and is looking to reach his second Super Bowl.

That lone Super Bowl appearance was 10 years ago, but Rodgers insists he isn’t feeling a raise in the stress level.

“No more pressure than usual,” Rodgers said. “It starts with the mentality and focus. Obviously, I put pressure on myself to perform every single week. There’s a lot to be said to be able to harness that pressure and the fear of failure and focus it into a real positive. But I don’t feel any extra pressure this week.”

Despite the sour outing against the Buccaneers, Rodgers and the Packers committed a league-low 11 turnovers in the regular season. Green Bay also features elite wideout Davante Adams, who led the NFL with 18 touchdowns receptions while making 115 catches for 1,374 yards.

Tampa Bay led the league in defending the run (80.6 yards per game), second-year pro White (140 tackles, nine sacks) blossomed into one of the top linebackers in the NFL and Mike Evans (NFL record seventh straight 1,000-yard season to begin a career) leads a deep group of targets.

Sunday’s game marks the first time Green Bay has hosted the NFC title game since the 2007 season when Rodgers was the backup to Brett Favre. The Packers lost to the New York Giants 23-20 in overtime.

Tampa Bay is playing in its first NFC championship contest since the 2002 season. The Buccaneers posted a 27-10 win over the host Philadelphia Eagles and went on to rout the then-Oakland Raiders 48-21 in the Super Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson trade odds for every NFL team

Several teams are expected to make aggressive runs at acquiring Deshaun Watson this offseason if the Houston Texans aren’t able to mend fences with their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

From the New York Jets debating their future with Sam Darnold under center to the prospect of Watson joining Bill Belichick in New England, more than half the NFL will enter the offseason with legitimate questions about who will start at quarterback in Week 1. That includes a couple of teams coming off playoff seasons.

By why stop there? SportsBetting.com is offering odds for all 31 potential NFL destinations for Watson.

You can even have the Chiefs at 300/1 to join Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:
New York Jets 2/1
Miami Dolphins 3/1
Chicago Bears 4/1
Denver Broncos 5/1
Indianapolis Colts 8/1
New England Patriots 8/1
Philadelphia Eagles 10/1
Carolina Panthers 12/1
Washington Football Team 12/1
Detroit Lions 12/1
Las Vegas Raiders 12/1
New Orleans Saints 15/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Dallas Cowboys 20/1
Los Angeles Rams 30/1
Minnesota Vikings 30/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 30/1
Atlanta Falcons 30/1
New York Giants 30/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Cleveland Browns 40/1
Los Angeles Chargers 50/1
Cincinnati Bengals 50/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Baltimore Ravens 70/1
Buffalo Bills 100/1
Seattle Seahawks 100/1
Green Bay Packers 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 300/1

The Jets also have the shortest odds to land Watson at +500 by DraftKings. However, the book still expects him to stay put, with the Texans being offered at -125 as the team Watson takes his first snap for next season.

Watson is reportedly unhappy with the Texans not consulting with him before hiring new general manager Nick Caserio. His issue reportedly isn’t with Caserio personally, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.

Watson’s issues with a lack of communication with the front office go back at least a year, when he said he wasn’t told that star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was going to be traded.

In four seasons with the Texans, Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

The Texans finished 4-12 this season and missed the postseason for the second time in Watson’s tenure with the team. Watson threw for a league-high and franchise record 4,823 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 444 yards and three scores.

Watson was the Texans’ first-round draft choice (12th overall) in 2017.

–Field Level Media