With four weeks left in the regular season, there are four teams that have separated themselves from their competition in the NFL power rankings. While the Los Angeles Rams stand alone atop the NFL standings at 11-1, the New Orleans Saints are right behind them after winning their head-to-head meeting as part of a 10-2 start. Meanwhile in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs are rolling at 10-2 but did lose a head-to-head meeting with the New England Patriots as well as their franchise running back Kareem Hunt. Will it be one of the NFC powerhouses that eventually come out on top? Or will one of the top AFC contenders emerge as Super Bowl champions? Here is a look at the top five Super Bowl bets for this season.
New Orleans Saints over New England Patriots
With the exception of a surprising loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Saints have been the beasts of the NFC with the league’s best point differential and a 10-2 record that includes a 45-35 win over the only team currently ahead of them in the standings. With notable wins over the Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, it’s clear that New Orleans is the team to beat in the NFC regardless of the fact that LA currently has the better record. Who is their most likely Super Bowl opponent? The Patriots currently deserve the edge based on pedigree and a win over Kansas City earlier this season. Still, New England would be in tough to beat New Orleans if they do end up playing in the Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints over Kansas City Chiefs
If the Patriots don’t end up in the Super Bowl, it’s probably because the Chiefs knocked them off in the playoffs. Home field advantage could be a major factor in determining which team represents the AFC in the Super Bowl so Kansas City will need to finish the regular season on a strong note. However, even if the Chiefs do make it all the way they will have a difficult time slowing down the Saints. New Orleans is our current Super Bowl favorite. The only question is whether they beat New England or Kansas City to win it all.
New England Patriots over Los Angeles Rams
While the two most likely scenarios feature the Saints beating either the Patriots or Chiefs, we aren’t about to completely overlook the Rams as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. LA is absolutely loaded on both sides of the football when healthy and they might have the best shot at keeping the Saints from winning it all this season. However, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC and we think LA will have a more difficult time beating New England than New Orleans would. In this scenario, the Patriots beat the Rams to win the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles Rams over Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs represent the better Super Bowl matchup for LA, with a lack of experience, the loss of Hunt and question marks on defense factoring in to the equation. If the Rams can prove themselves against the Saints, there is a very good chance they will be able to beat Kansas City if these teams met in the Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints over Los Angeles Chargers
While it’s difficult to envision none of the Saints, Rams, Patriots and Chiefs all making it to the Super Bowl, the Chargers have earned the right to be our top sleeper pick. LA has won eight of its last nine including a thrilling 33-30 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. The Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the football, and they seem to be hitting their stride at the perfect time. They might not have what it takes to upset New Orleans in the Super Bowl. However, the Chargers still have the potential to surprise in the AFC and challenge the Saints on the biggest stage of them all this season.