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Super Bowl picks, predictions going into Wild Card Round of 2024 NFL Playoffs

We make some picks and predictions based on odds on DraftKings Sportsbook for the Super Bowl futures market going into the first round of the playoffs.

Puka Nacua of the Los Angeles Rams catches a pass over Samuel Womack III of the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. The catch by Nacua broke the record for most receiving yardage in a season for a rookie. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The 2023 NFL Playoffs kickoff on Saturday and its the last time we can get some Super Bowl bets in before the start of the postseason. We’re not really missing any teams with good Super Bowl odds from the beginning of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers are the only teams that come to mind. Other than that, every team is exactly where they’re supposed to be going into the Wild Card round. Well, maybe not the Philadelphia Eagles or Miami Dolphins.

So before the odds start to shift and we get a taste of playoff football, let’s get into some predictions and bets to win it all.

2024 NFL Playoffs

Super Bowl odds

San Francisco 49ers +220
Baltimore Ravens +310
Buffalo Bills +650
Dallas Cowboys +750
Kansas City Chiefs +1000
Philadelphia Eagles +1600
Miami Dolphins +1600
Detroit Lions +1800
Cleveland Browns +3500
Houston Texans +4000
Los Angeles Rams +4500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6000
Green Bay Packers +9000
Pittsburgh Steelers +12000

The 49ers and Ravens are favored to come out and be in the Super Bowl. Both teams have a bye in the first round but also have some history against them. It isn’t often both No. 1 seeds make it to the Super Bowl. The last time it happened was 2017 when the Eagles defeated the Patriots. It’s only happened 13 times in 48 games under the seeding format. The defending champion Chiefs are fifth in terms of SB odds while the Eagles are right behind them after advancing last season.

Super Bowl predictions

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The Ravens could have a pretty easy path to the Super Bowl. It could mean taking out former QB Joe Flacco in the second round if it’s Baltimore vs. Cleveland. But really the Ravens should have to win one tough game at home in order to make the Super Bowl. It’s a very important playoff for QB and likely MVP Lamar Jackson. You’ve got John Harbaugh who has been there before and a competent offensive coordinator in Todd Monken. This feels like the easiest favorite to back to win the Super Bowl. Baltimore could also get TE Mark Andrews back at some point, a key addition in an already dangerous offense. And we didn’t even mention top defense in the NFL.

Pick: Ravens +310

Sleepers

Is it a little odd to have the Cowboys in this spot? Hear me out. No one really believes in Dallas, right? People wrote the Cowboys off because most of their wins are against bad teams and their losses are to the top teams in the conference. Two of those losses were by a possession. The others, trap games on the road. I’m willing to look past that and look at QB Dak Prescott playing the best football of his career with the best WR in the NFL in CeeDee Lamb. Okay, I’ll rear that in a bit but Lamb has easily been one of the two best wideouts all season along with Tyreek Hill.

The Lamb-Prescott connection should torch the Packers. Dallas avoids San Fran until the NFC Championship, which is ideal. The Rams or Lions is sort of easier than dealing with the Eagles despite how bad they’ve been lately. If it’s just the Niners standing in the Cowboys way, I’d give Dallas a better shot now than earlier in the season.

As much as it pains me, the Cowboys aren’t a bad bet this postseason (gross, I can’t believe I just said that).

Pick: Cowboys +750

Long-shot bet

The Rams. Let’s talk about the Rams. Can we talk about the Rams? Matthew Stafford is back. It’s a very, very dangerous offense that has been on a tear the past eight weeks. The last time the Rams lost to a team not named the Ravens with Stafford was Week 8 vs. the Cowboys (though he left due to injury). So really it’s Week 7. That was a long time ago. This is a completely different team and the League needs to be put on notice.

The path might be tough because the likely second-round opponent would be the Niners. But at least L.A. and Sean McVay are familiar with San Fran. It’s tough to gauge. The Rams lost to the Niners in Week 2 and the Week 18 matchup everyone was resting. So really these two teams haven’t seen each other at full strength in almost four months. If the Rams get past the Lions I feel like throw everything we know out the window. After that it’s just a matter of beating the Cowboys, Bucs or Eagles. Easy peasy. Really though, among the teams with the four worst odds the Rams are the only team I think could realistically win the Super Bowl.

Think of it this way. If the Rams had pulled off that upset over the Ravens in Week 14 on the road. And we’re talking about an 11-6 L.A. team fresh off an eight-game heater with wins over the Ravens, Browns and Saints. How are we looking at the Rams and what are their odds? That near-win over Baltimore on the road tells me this Rams team can hang with anyone.

Pick: Rams +4500