In just over three months two football teams will be heading to the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada to battle it out for the prestigious Vince Lombardi trophy.
In a move that shows just how uncontrollably excited we are by the prospect of the playoffs, we’ve trawled through the latest football betting odds so that we can profile the main runners and riders ahead of Super Bowl 2024, read on to find out who they are.
At the time of writing the Cowboys are the fifth favourites for the Super Bowl in the betting odds, but right now it probably doesn’t feel like that for fans.
Their narrow 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last time out not only typified their season so far but perhaps typifies much of the near three decades since they last won the Super Bowl.
This Cowboys team is good, very good and is more than capable of limiting dangerous offenses and creating opportunities through their excellent quarterback yet somehow, they always fall short when it matters.
Against Philly they lost by inches and when it comes to the crunch in the playoffs, it would be hard to argue against them doing the same, despite what the bookmakers may say.
The Ravens currently find themselves in first spot in the AFC North and are there on merit.
In their most recent outing they made short work of the Seattle Seahawks, putting them to the sword in a devastating 37-3 win that has led many to sit up and take notice.
It’s easy to forget that pregame a lot of pundits were earmarking this game as a huge challenge for the Ravens and making the case for a Seahawks win.
The fact that the Ravens won so comprehensively against an NFC divisional leader for the second time in three weeks shows why there is a growing belief in Baltimore that it could be the Ravens year and why not?
They have a physically imposing offense and a parsimonious defence which are typically two of the key ingredients to playoff success.
(The Ravens sent out a statement a couple of weeks ago, but this most recent statement victory is one that can’t be ignored.)
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were tipped heavily in preseason to do well this season and whilst they do sit atop of the NFC West they have had a tough time of late.
Last time out they lost 31-17 to the Bengals which came on the back of losses to the Vikings and Browns respectively.
Much of that has been put down to the mounting injury list that the 49ers have had to contend with but underlying that there are some worrying defensive statistics that should be concerning to fans.
The defensive coverage just isn’t tight enough and it’s giving opposing quarterbacks all the time in the world to pick their passes and push their teams forward. Either the 49ers are going to rectify this and go far in the playoffs or they’re not and will have to watch on from afar as others battle it out for the Lombardi trophy.
It just felt like their time earlier this year when they rocked up to the Super Bowl to face a clearly tired and drained Kansas City Chiefs, yet somehow the Chiefs found an extra reserve of energy to beat the Eagles on the day.
This time round Nick Sirianni and the Eagles appear more determined than ever to get their hands on the Lomabardi trophy. At the time of writing they sit atop of the NFC East with a record of 8-1, their most recent victory being the hard-fought encounter with the Dallas Cowboys.
Can the Eagles go as step further than last season? It’s a distinct possibility.
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(The Eagles showed why they are favoured more heavily than the Cowboys to do well in the playoffs in this tight game.)
Kansas City Chiefs
Now for the team sitting top of AFC West with a record of 7-2 and the winner’s medals from last season’s Super Bowl still shining brightly.
Any hopes from opposition teams that the Chiefs would be fatigued this time round and perhaps wouldn’t have the requisite levels of motivation following recent successes have been banished by a series of dominating performances.
Most recently the Chiefs showed their class and experience in holding off a resurgent Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt. Oh and let’s not forget that they also have the best quarterback on the planet in their team.
Can they win the Super Bowl again this season? You betcha.