The first postseason threat posed to the Super Bowl hopes of the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs will be the No. 6 seeds in their respective conference brackets.
Kansas City, which is still viewed as the Super Bowl favorite, welcomes the Cleveland Browns as part of an AFC divisional-round slate that features four of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are the team to beat after winning the title last season, but Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield all proved during the Wild Card Weekend that they have the potential to make deep playoff runs with their teams.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are favored in the NFC field, and they will face the Los Angeles Rams, which reached the Super Bowl two years ago.
The Rams are seen as a long shot to get back to the NFL's championship stage, and even though their long odds could be intriguing, they may be one of the teams to stay away from on the futures market.
Super Bowl Odds
Kansas City (+200; bet $100 to win $200)
Green Bay (+375)
New Orleans (+600)
Tampa Bay (+900)
Los Angeles Rams (+1600)
Kansas City sits in the most unique situation of any of the eight remaining playoff teams.
Since the Chiefs locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC in Week 16, they sat the majority of their starters the following week.
In any other year, three more teams may be in the same spot as the Chiefs, but they are not this time around. Green Bay played for the top seed in the NFC in Week 17, and there were six wild-card winners in the new format.
If Kansas City overcomes the rust, it should be able to outlast a Cleveland defense that conceded a 500-yard passing performance to Ben Roethlisberger playing from behind on Sunday.
The Browns likely won't get out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, but they could follow the path of the Chiefs' postseason opponents last year and challenge the AFC West champion with an early offensive outburst.
Since Kansas City has overcome most challenges thrown in its direction, Cleveland has the highest odds to win the Super Bowl.
There is always a chance the Browns come out on top, but that seems unlikely with the way the Chiefs played all season. The only loss suffered by Kansas City's starters was in Week 5 to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Green Bay's biggest issue in backing up its status in the NFC will be Los Angeles' defense. The offensive line has to find a way to contain Aaron Donald without David Bakhtiari, who suffered a season-ending injury in December.
The Rams' experience from reaching the Super Bowl two years ago and their defensive prowess make them a more likely team to win the championship than the Browns.
Los Angeles is still a long shot because it will have to keep up with Green Bay's high-powered offense, but if it can make Rodgers feel uncomfortable in the pocket, it has a chance to move on.
The best long shot—if you want to call a team with Tom Brady at quarterback that—is Tampa Bay, which sits at +900 to win the Super Bowl.
The Bucs face a familiar opponent in the New Orleans Saints and will take a five-game winning streak into the Superdome on Sunday.
Tampa Bay is not valued as much as New Orleans right now on the futures market because it has to go on the road and it lost to the Saints twice in the regular season.
With a six-time Super Bowl winner and a red-hot offense on their side, though, the Bucs have as good of a chance as anyone to qualify for the league's championship contest.
Tampa Bay scored 30 points or more and recorded over 400 total yards in each of its last four games.
Although the Bucs have to win two more road games to reach the Super Bowl, they carry intriguing odds that will only decrease with more victories, so now could be the time to pounce on them.
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Statistics obtained from Pro Football Reference.
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