Super Bowl 2022: Date, Location, Vegas Odds and Team Predictions

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9 to win the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not going anywhere.

The Super Bowl 55 champion should be in the mix to repeat at Super Bowl 56, with Brady and much of its imposing defense returning for the 2021 season.

Despite being the holder of the Lombardi Trophy, Tampa Bay is third on the Super Bowl 56 odds chart behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. Kansas City should enter the 2021 NFL season as the team to beat in the AFC, while the Packers could challenge the Bucs if they make a few offensive additions in free agency.

The Los Angeles Rams could be the wild card in the NFC title race since they added Matthew Stafford on the first turn of the quarterback carousel.


Super Bowl 56 Information

Date: February 6, 2022

Location: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles


Super Bowl 56 Odds

Kansas City +550 (bet $100 to win $550)

Green Bay +900

Tampa Bay +900

Baltimore +1200

Buffalo +1200

Los Angeles Rams +1200

San Francisco +1400

New Orleans +1700

Cleveland +2200

Seattle +2200

Miami +2500

Indianapolis +2800

Los Angeles Chargers +2800

Tennessee +2800

Dallas +3000

New England +3000

Pittsburgh +3000

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.


The Chiefs and Bucs will be favored by plenty of bettors to return to the Super Bowl in February 2022, but history suggests one of them will not make it back.

The last repeat matchup in the Super Bowl came at the end of the 1993 season, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills for the second straight year.

Kansas City is one of three franchises to represent the AFC at the Super Bowl in the past eight seasons. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are the other two.

Quarterback play typically dictates how the AFC playoff picture plays out, so as long as Patrick Mahomes is healthy, the Chiefs should be in a position to make a run at another Super Bowl appearance.

The Buffalo Bills could pose the top challenge to the Chiefs once again since Josh Allen is not expected to lose much firepower from his offense.

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens could try to knock Kansas City from its perch as well, but that may be dependent on the upgrades they make at wide receiver. Jackson needs a true No. 1 wideout to work with. The good news for the Ravens is there will be plenty of big-name wide receivers on the free-agent market.

If the Miami Dolphins add more talent around Tua Tagovailoa, they could be considered a dark horse in the AFC. Miami finished on the outside of the AFC wild-card race in 2020. It has two first-round picks to work with, and it displayed aggressiveness in the free-agent market last season to improve its squad.

The Dolphins have a strong defense that can put any quarterback under pressure, and if they find the right offensive combination, they could improve their record again under Brian Flores.

Over in the NFC, the Rams asserted their position as a contender by acquiring Stafford from the Detroit Lions in the offseason's first major quarterback deal. Adding Stafford to an offense that includes Cam Akers, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp could be the perfect complement to an imposing defense, led by Aaron Donald.

Sean McVay's side should challenge the Bucs and Packers to become the second team to play the Super Bowl inside its home stadium. However, it may take a herculean effort to slow down Brady in the postseason, as he ran through three opponents on the road to qualify for Super Bowl 55.

In addition to having the seven-time Super Bowl champion at quarterback, the Bucs have a tenacious defense, led by a rising star in linebacker Devin White. Although Brady won the Most Valuable Player award Sunday, White made a case to earn that honor with 12 tackles in his team's relentless pursuit of Mahomes.

Until the Rams, Packers, or another strong team in the NFC proves it can dethrone Brady, Tampa Bay has to be viewed as the favorite to advance to the Super Bowl. At +900, the Bucs carry good value on the betting chart for a team that just captured a championship. With Brady at the helm, they feel like the best bet to reach the title game.

While it would be great to see a Brady-Mahomes rematch in 12 months' time, there is a good chance it will not happen. Buffalo appears to be the top contender to Kansas City, and if it finds a way to contain Mahomes, it could take the next step.

Prediction: Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo


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