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The contenders for the Super Bowl LVII title continue to change every week, but a few teams have established themselves as legitimate threats to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While injuries will undoubtedly play a primary role in determining which teams advance to the postseason, the key to capturing an NFL championship is arriving at the playoffs with a healthy squad.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are the betting favorites after five games to win the Super Bowl this season. The Bills have a high-octane offense and a stout defensive unit. But the Kansas City Chiefs will challenge Buffalo for AFC supremacy while a trio of teams will battle for the top spot in the NFC.
The favorites are the Buffalo Bills
The Bills boast the NFL’s top-ranked offense that averages 440.4 yards a game. Buffalo leads the league with 324 passing yards an outing and is second with 30.4 points each week. Josh Allen has thrown for a league-leading 1,651 yards and is a top MVP candidate, while Stefon Diggs has caught 39 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, Buffalo allows the second-fewest yards and has limited opposing teams to 61 points in five games. Von Miller and Greg Rousseau have each tallied four sacks for a defense that surrenders 77.8 rushing yards per contest. The Bills are elite on both sides of the ball and the early favorites to win their first NFL title.
Can the Kansas City Chiefs pull it off?
The Chiefs have the league’s top-ranked scoring offense with 31.8 points a game. Sixth-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown a league-high 15 touchdown passes, and tight end Travis Kelce leads the NFL with seven touchdown receptions. Kansas City is an offensive juggernaut that the league has yet to slow down.
A 14th-ranked defensive unit remains an obstacle to the Chiefs’ title hopes. Kansas City ranks third against the run but is near the bottom of the league in pass defense and points allowed. The Chiefs have the offensive firepower to overcome a subpar defense and are serious contenders for the NFL crown.
Are the Philadelphia Eagles for real?
The Eagles are 5-0 and have established themselves as the favorites to win the NFC championship. Philadelphia has the league’s second-ranked offense and is led by dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts. The third-year field general has passed for 1,359 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed for 266 yards and six scores.
Philadelphia also has the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense and has limited enemy offenses to 88 points this season. Haason Reddick has registered a team-high 4.5 sacks, and T.J. Edwards leads the team with 41 total tackles. The Eagles must survive the parity-laden NFC but have all the tools to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers to prove they aren’t too old
The Buccaneers have started the season with a 3-2 mark but remain a legitimate Super Bowl contender with Tom Brady under center. Tampa Bay’s passing offense is ranked third, and Brady has tossed seven touchdowns with only one interception. Mike Evans is the top receiving threat with 20 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Tampa Bay boasts the league’s sixth-ranked defensive unit and has 19 sacks in five games. Coach Todd Bowles’ squad has limited opposing teams to 16.6 points a game and ranks sixth with six interceptions. The Buccaneers have enough veteran playmakers on both sides of the ball to make another deep playoff run.
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