NFL Playoffs 2020: Updated AFC, NFC Bracket and Super Bowl Odds

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson scramble during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Now that the regular season is out of the way, it's time for the real battle to begin.

The battle for the Lombardi Trophy.

The bracket for the AFC and NFC playoffs is set, and the New England Patriots will have to defend their crown without a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed due to the Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. On the other side, the San Francisco 49ers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with their win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Here is a look at the full playoff picture as well as the Super Bowl odds for each team still in the mix.


Playoff Bracket and Seeding


The #NFLPlayoffs are set! https://t.co/JUPNOiDKSA


Super Bowl Odds

B/R Betting @br_betting

Super Bowl Odds, via @CaesarsPalace Ravens +200 Chiefs +300 49ers +350 Saints +500 Packers +700 Seahawks +900 Patriots +1800 Bills +3500 Texans/Vikings +4000 Eagles +4500 Titans +7500


Super Bowl Champion Prediction

This season belongs to Lamar Jackson.

The MVP candidate already made history by breaking Michael Vick's record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. Vick ran for 1,039 yards in 2006 on the Atlanta Falcons, and Jackson finished the 2019 campaign with 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

While it would have been difficult to predict record-breaking totals when he was entering the league, there were never any questions about his running ability after he won the Heisman Trophy at Louisville. The most impressive part of Jackson's season is how he emphatically answered any lingering concerns about his passing.

He threw for five touchdowns in the first game of the year against the Miami Dolphins and has 36 touchdown passes to just six interceptions.

The gaudy stats are one thing, but he has been at his best in some of the Ravens' marquee games. He threw for three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills, ran for 101 yards and a score against the San Francisco 49ers, threw for five touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams, threw for four touchdowns against the Houston Texans, ran for 116 yards against the Seattle Seahawks, and scored three touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

Baltimore won every one of those games against fellow playoff teams.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Lamar Jackson will sit Sunday with the No. 1 seed in the AFC locked up. His 2019 regular season is over. ➖ 13-2 record ➖ 36 passing TD ➖ 6 interceptions ➖ 3,127 passing yards ➖ 66.1 completion % ➖ 1,206 rushing yards ➖ 7 rushing TD One for the ages. https://t.co/nel7cSFRVu

Jackson is the primary reason the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl, but he isn't the only one. Running back Mark Ingram II topped 1,000 yards on the ground for the third time in four seasons while forming half of an unstoppable rushing duo alongside Jackson.

The defense entered play Sunday fifth in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points allowed per game. Additions Earl Thomas and Marcus Peters stabilized the secondary, while Matthew Judon and Tyus Bowser have spearheaded the pass rush and front seven.

Baltimore's defense doesn't have to shut opponents down with Jackson, Ingram and Mark Andrews leading a formidable offense, but it is capable of winning games as a unit if needed.

The Ravens have the best player in the league, a workhorse running back to take the pressure off his shoulders and a talented defense that can pick the offense up if it struggles. Teams that can win playoff games in multiple ways are always dangerous come January, and Baltimore will lift the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the postseason.