NFL Power Rankings and Super Bowl Odds

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The NFL is a week-to-week league, so things are always changing. The NFL is coming off a season that saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by the ageless Tom Brady, win the Super Bowl over the favored Kansas City Chiefs, beating Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and company.

On this page, you’ll find the latest NFL Power Rankings put together by SharpSide’s team of betting experts. These NFL Power Rankings are designed to help you gauge who the best teams are in the league and become a better sports bettor.

We’ll also take a look at each team’s betting odds to win the Super Bowl. These betting odds play a big role in how sportsbooks and handicappers rank the teams from top to bottom, but the odds aren’t the only thing that determines a team’s ranking.

As the landscape is ever-evolving in the NFL, SharpSide’s NFL Power Rankings will be regularly updated, so be sure to check back often for the latest.

Why are NFL Power Rankings important?

Power rankings (or power ratings) are used by winning sports bettors around the world across a wide variety of sports. Power rankings can be applied to any sport. One of the most popular sports that bettors use power rankings for is football.

Power rankings set a solid handicapping foundation for oddsmakers and sports bettors. For oddsmakers, power rankings help set betting lines, both in the short term with things such as weekly point spreads between teams and in the longterm with things such as futures odds to win the Super Bowl.

The majority of people reading this will be bettors. For bettors, power rankings can help provide an objective rating, largely taking out any biases one may have towards a team, its players, or recent news. It is this objectivity that makes power rankings so strong and why they are an important foundational element of any sports bettor’s arsenal.

When and where is the next Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LVI, or Super Bowl 56, is scheduled to take place on February 6, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The date is still quite a bit of a way off, so it’s subject to change. The multi-billion-dollar SoFi Stadium is the new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, which opened in September 2020.

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2021 NFL Power Rankings

Super Bowl odds used for our NFL Power Rankings are from FanDuel Sportsbook as of February 25, 2021, and subject to change.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +500

Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs lost the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that’s only one game. Patrick Mahomes played as well as he could given the circumstances, often running for his life from defenders due to poor offensive line play and having several of his passes dropped despite some truly incredible throws. Some will consider the Buccaneers as the best team entering next season, but if you ask us, that title belongs to the Chiefs. Kansas City is the favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook and the top team in the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +950

Coming off an impressive Super Bowl victory, we’ve got the Buccaneers second on the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings, but this could change depending on what happens with some of Tampa Bay’s key free agents. Chris Godwin is the biggest free agent for the Buccaneers, in our opinion, and they’ll want to get him signed (or find an adequate replacement) to keep this offense humming long.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1300

Swapping out quarterback Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford is a big move for the Los Angeles Rams and one that really makes us love their chances next season. Stafford is a better quarterback than Goff, in our opinion, the Rams have very good weapons, the emergence of Cam Akers is very positive, the defense was arguably the best in the league last season, and Sean McVay is a top head coach. The Rams don’t have the best salary cap situation and they’re out a lot of draft picks in the coming years, but if we’re looking at their chances for next season only, we’re fans of how far the Rams can go.

4. Buffalo Bills

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1100

Josh Allen played out of his mind last season, and we’re going to bet on the fact that Allen remains as one of the better quarterbacks next season. His weapons are good and he’ll get Brian Daboll back as offensive coordinator. The Allen and Stefon Diggs combination should scare any and all defenses, and the Bills play a pass-heavy style of offense that gives them a lot of potential to win games.

5. Green Bay Packers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1100

Here are another team and ranking that could be very subject to change. Everything in regards to the Green Bay Packers hinges on Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers looked awesome this last season, rightfully winning the MVP. Davante Adams showed everyone why he should be considered the best wide receiver in the game, and running back Aaron Jones raised his stock even more. We’re going to need to see if Rodgers really does want out and if the team can bring back Jones, but for now, we’ve got the Packers at No. 5 on the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings.

6. Baltimore Ravens

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1400

Lamar Jackson isn’t the typical pocket passer, but he’s still very good. Jackson does need a certain type of scheme in order to succeed, but he’s supremely talented. The Ravens are a solid organization that is always set up to win, with a good defense and some good pieces around Jackson on offense. With Greg Roman back in the saddle at offensive coordinator, the Ravens could very well once again challenge as the top team in the conference.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +3100

Seeing the Los Angeles Chargers ranked No. 7 on this list might come as a shock to some people, but we’re pretty high on them going into next season. Justin Herbert showed a ton of talent this past season, there’s no shortage of weapons around him, and the defense has the potential to be a top unit in the league with everyone healthy. We do wish the team hired an offensive-minded head coach like Brian Daboll, but that doesn’t mean Brandon Staley (former Rams defensive coordinator) can’t be a very good CEO as head coach and let his coordinators do the heavy lifting.

8. Cleveland Browns

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2200

The Cleveland Browns impressed us last season and we’re once again impressed with them entering this season. For as good as the Browns were last season, finishing 11-5 and winning a playoff game, the Pittsburgh Steelers (more on them later) had an even better record. Even the Ravens finished ahead of the Browns in the standings after tiebreakers. Kevin Stefanski worked a lot of magic with Baker Mayfield and we like the direction this team is headed. If the Browns can be healthy on defense, they could easily be the team to beat in the AFC North.

9. Seattle Seahawks

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2000

The Seattle Seahawks will almost always be a threat as long as Russell Wilson is playing at a high level. He started last season playing excellent and then things plateaued a bit, but with weapons like D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Wilson can certainly perform well once again. We have worries about two things regarding the Seahawks. First, Seattle’s defense needs to improve. Teams lit them up last season and that has to get better. Second, Pete Carroll suggested that the team needs to run the ball more next season and that’s just not going to cut it in today’s NFL. Let Russ cook, Pete.

10. San Francisco 49ers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1400

A big question this offseason is what the San Francisco 49rs will do with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo did help bring the team to a Super Bowl appearance two seasons ago, but there are plenty of rumors coming out of Northern California that the team would like to find an upgrade. We have the 49ers at No. 10 on this list with Garoppolo and could see them moving up a few spots if they do in fact upgrade.

11. Tennessee Titans

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2700

The Tennessee Titans are a pretty solid squad, but they have some areas that need improvement. For one, the pass rush needs to get better next season after it was basically non-existent last season. Ryan Tannehill is a fine quarterback for what the Titans want to do and Derrick Henry is a top running back, but we’ll want to see them be more aggressive on offense with the passing game. AJ Brown is a stud and Corey Davis had a good year last season that we’ll want to see continue.

12. Indianapolis Colts

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2400

The Super Bowl odds for the Indianapolis Colts jumped to +2400 following the news that the team was trading for Carson Wentz, reunited Wentz with Frank Reich. While this gives Indianapolis its starting QB for the future, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding Wentz and his ability in the league. Maybe Reich can get Wentz back into top form, or maybe we’ve already seen the best of Wentz. For now, we’re keeping the Colts at No. 12 in the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings.

13. New Orleans Saints

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +1800

Here’s another team we have questions at the quarterback spot for. Will Drew Brees be back? Will he be the full-time starter of split time with someone else? Will Brees retire or will the team move on to one of the other two QBs on the roster, Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston? The Saints have good pieces on offense, led by Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, good line play on both sides, and the defense is solid. They’re going to need to get a quarterback not named Brees, though.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +3100

Yet again, another team that needs a quarterback, in our opinion. Ben Roethlisberger looks cooked, but it appears he’s going to be back with the team for another season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have very good wide receivers and the defense has the ability to be among the best in the league. Roethlisberger at QB really holds this team back and they’ll need to find a replacement before we really consider the Steelers a powerful contender.

15. Miami Dolphins

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2800

We really like what the Miami Dolphins are building in South Florida, but we wonder what the team’s ceiling is with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. The Dolphins have good pieces on offense and head coach Brian Flores has built a pretty awesome defense. It will only be Tagovailoa’s second season, so we need to give him some more time, but we’ll want to see a big jump within the offense now that he has a season under his belt.

16. Dallas Cowboys

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +2800

The hype surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was super high entering last season. Here at SharpSide, we were pretty high on them with the team getting a new head coach and all of the offensive weapons in place. We’ll have to take the L for that one. Entering next season, the Cowboys have a lot of firepower on offense once again, especially with the emergence of CeeDee Lamb. As long as Dak Prescott comes back healthy and looking good, coupled with the defense improving, the Cowboys could turn out to be a pretty solid team.

17. Minnesota Vikings

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +4400

Justin Jefferson looked awesome for the Minnesota Vikings, stepping right in and filling the void that was left by Stefon Diggs. We’re going to need to see better coaching from Mike Zimmer before we move the Vikings up these power rankings, though.

18. Atlanta Falcons

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +6000

Maybe we’re crazy for having the Atlanta Falcons inside the top 20 on the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings, but hear us out. Atlanta lost a ton of close games last season, so basically, one coin flip could have their record going the other direction. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are elite, Matt Ryan still has ability as a quarterback, and a new head coach is coming in to right the ship. If Atlanta’s defense can improve and if Ryan can be halfway decent, there’s upside for the Falcons.

19. Carolina Panthers

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +5000

We’re fans of what we saw from the Carolina Panthers last season. The offense was very aggressive with the football, which is a big nod to Matt Rhule and the coaching staff, and the defense improved over the course of the season. Teddy Bridgewater was fine at quarterback, especially with regards to turnovers, and the offense will be getting Christian McCaffrey back after he battled a ton of injuries.

20. Chicago Bears

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +6000

The Chicago Bears have a solid defense and some good weapons on offense, but the team is going to need to sort out its quarterback situation before we feel any better about it.

21. Arizona Cardinals

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +4400

The Arizona Cardinals don’t have a good defense and the offense is questionable at times. Kyler Murray can flash a lot at quarterback and it certainly helps to have DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver, but this team looks better to us in highlights than on the field for a full game.

22. Washington Football Team

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +6000

If the Washington Football Team can land a quarterback, this team could surprise a lot of people next season. The team surprised many this past season by winning the division and making it to the playoffs, and we could see them quickly moving up the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings if they’re able to land a QB and get off to a good start. Washington has a great defensive front and solid weapons on offense. The team just needs a quarterback.

23. Las Vegas Raiders

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +5000

Darren Waller proved to be an absolute stud at tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and Derek Carr played pretty well last season, too. The Raiders need to improve on the defensive side of the ball quite a bit, and we’re not sure about the coaching staff. Jon Gruden is locked in for a while, but we’d like to see him coach the team for today’s NFL rather than the NFL of 10 years ago.

24. Denver Broncos

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +7000

Add the Denver Broncos to the giant list of teams that need a quarterback. The team has good offensive weapons, but Drew Lock isn’t the answer at QB. He makes a lot of bad decisions and is really holding this team back. Denver’s defense will improve if Von Miller comes back healthy and looks good.

25. Houston Texans

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +8000

What the heck are the Houston Texans doing? First, they allow Bill O’Brien to torpedo the franchise and now they’re getting into a fight with their starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who, mind you, is young and one of the best quarterbacks in the league. If Watson gets his wish and gets traded, the Texans will certainly drop on this list. They’re already decided to part ways with JJ Watt.

26. New York Giants

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +7000

We’re at the point of these power rankings where it’s just a big pile of mush. The New York Giants aren’t the worst team in the league, ar at least we think they aren’t. Daniel Jones is certainly going to have to play better at quarterback and not turn the ball over, but the defense played better than expected last season and there are some offensive weapons on the squad.

27. Philadelphia Eagles

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +6500

Jalen Hurts came in for Carson Wentz last season and played all right, but it still feels like Hurts is a ways off from being a viable starting QB in the league. That said, the Philadelphia Eagles are moving on from Wentz and giving the offense to Hurts. The news has stirred up the team’s Super Bowl odds, which have gone from +5000 to +6500. There are several other areas the Philadelphia Eagles need to improve at, too, including on defense and at wide receiver.

28. New England Patriots

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +4000

It’s hard to think that the New England Patriots are only 37-to-1 to win the Super Bowl next season. That has to be just a blind bet on Bill Belichick, but Belichick hasn’t shown us anything to give us confidence he’s all of a sudden going to turn this team back around into the powerhouse it once was. Yes, the Patriots play in the AFC East, but it’s pretty clear to us that the Bills and Dolphins are superior teams. New England has a ton of holes to fill, starting with the most important position in all of sports, the QB spot.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +10000

All signs point to the Jacksonville Jaguars drafting their quarterback of the future in Trevor Lawrence, but unless Lawrence steps on the field and is immediately Joe Montana, it’s going to be some time before the Jaguars improve.

30. New York Jets

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +6500

The New York Jets have a new head coach in Robert Salah and are one of the teams rumored to land Deshaun Watson should a trade from Houston actually happen. If that happens, the Jets will certainly move up the list, but right now they’re going to remain near the bottom.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +8000

The Cincinnati Bengals need to get Joe Burrow back and in the swing of things before we start moving them up the SharpSide NFL Power Rankings, so for now they’re down near the bottom. We’ll also want to see the team improve on defense and on the offensive line, which hopefully they address in the draft.

32. Detroit Lions

Odds to win Super Bowl LVI: +12000

Signing Dan Campbell as head coach feels like the worst decision imaginable, but here we are and we’re sorry, Detroit. We’ll see what happens with Kenny Golladay and free agency, but this team has a lot of holes to fill, we’re not sure Goff is going to do well at all, and again, the head coach is a real head-scratcher.

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