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The Conference Championships are here and that means only four teams remain in the NFL playoffs. Offense reigns supreme in the NFL these days, as the top four clubs that are vying for a Super Bowl spot also ranked as the top four offenses in the league during the regular season. Perhaps the old adage of “defence wins championships” may be a thing of the past.

With the passing of the Divisional Round, the remaining teams comprise a mixture of veteran clubs that have been there and done it before, as well as teams that are new to elite status on the Super Bowl betting odds board. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, for example, will be making their eighth-straight appearance in the Conference Championship game. The Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs, however, haven’t seen an AFC Championship game since 1993 – two years before their star QB was even born. Let’s take a look at how these clubs and the other contenders stack up in terms of their Super Bowl LIII odds.

 

New Orleans Saints +175

The New Orleans Saints enter their Sunday matchup against the Los Angeles Rams feeling like they may have gotten away with one against Philadelphia. It seemed as though Nick Foles and the Eagles were on their way to a last-minute drive to seal the victory when Foles’ pass slipped through the hands of WR Alshon Jeffrey and into the arms of the Saints’ Marshon Lattimore. That interception was Lattimore’s second of the game and effectively ended the Eagles’ season.

Despite inconsistency in the Saints’ game, they continue to have the shortest odds to win Super Bowl LIII. The combination of Drew Brees and Michael Thomas seemed unstoppable when New Orleans needed a big play. Thomas wracked up an impressive 171 yards and one TD against Philly, while Brees topped the 300 passing yard mark yet again. It’ll be interesting to see if Brees can take advantage of the Rams’ 14th-ranked passing D like he did the Eagles. If he can, we can expect the favourites to continue their impressive run in pursuit of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

 

Kansas City Chiefs +275

The Kansas City Chiefs own home field advantage in the AFC Conference Championship game, and that proved to be an important factor in the Divisional Game against the Colts. With each Colts’ possession, the Chiefs’ fans raised the volume in Arrowhead Stadium to near deafening levels. That, combined with another dominant game by potential league MVP Patrick Mahomes, led to a swift 31-13 victory for the home team and improved their Super Bowl odds to +275. Mahomes spread the ball around to TE Travis Kelce and WR Tyreek Hill, while RB Damien Williams rushed for 129 yards on the day. It seemed like no matter what the Chiefs’ offense did, the Colts had no answer. Mahomes and the Chiefs will be in tough against the winningest playoff QB in NFL history on Sunday, as the ageless Tom Brady is sure to give the kid a run for his money.

 

New England Patriots +333

It wouldn’t be the NFL playoffs without Tom Brady and the New England Patriots contending for a spot at the Super Bowl. All eyes were on the veteran against the Chargers, as rumours of a knee injury have been following Brady for what feels like half the season. With rookie RB Sony Michel showing he can augment the historic pass-happy Patriots’ offense, the Chiefs may not know what to protect against. A healthy Brady combined with a dynamic Pats’ run game may be the makings of an upset in KC.

 

Los Angeles Rams +350

The Los Angeles Rams ran all over the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line, which ranked fifth in the league defending against the run. The combination of Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson torched the Cowboys for 238 combined yards on Saturday. As a result, Jared Goff didn’t have to do much on the day, and the Rams controlled the clock and the game in its entirety.

Going up against the Saints, the Rams will be tested on the defensive side of the ball and will certainly need to counter Brees’ big-play offense. If Gurley and Anderson can repeat this Sunday, they’ll have a good shot at keeping the ball out of Brees’ hands and reward fans for taking a chance on their +350 2019 Super Bowl odds. For the Rams to be successful, however, they’ll will need to find a way to break down the Saints’ second-best run defense. Stay tuned for all the action this Sunday.

 

*Odds as of January 15, 2018

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