49ers odds news: San Francisco has second-best odds to win Super Bowl LV

Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Caesars Sportsbook thinks the San Francisco 49ers are favorites to be back in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, and they’re not the only ones thinking so.

While the San Francisco 49ers‘ loss in Super Bowl LIV was heartbreaking, at least it proved to the rest of the NFL world the Niners are no longer in the laughingstock crop of squads where the team had been for years prior to 2019.

Despite some notable offseason losses, including defensive tackle DeForest Buckner via a trade and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, San Francisco’s roster is still stacked heading into 2020. And with two first-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, there’s a chance head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad emerges as even more dynamic this upcoming season.

Caesars Sportsbook certainly feels this way.

The Vegas casino recently released odds for all 32 teams to make the Super Bowl, win the division and make the playoffs, as reported here by ESPN. Not surprisingly, the 49ers are second-best favorites to win Super Bowl LV behind the top-ranked Chiefs.

Caesars has Kansas City with 4:1 odds to win the Super Bowl, while the Niners are at 7:1. The Baltimore Ravens, who were upset in the playoffs by the Tennessee Titans, have the third-best odds at 8:1. And it’s not hard to see why one might expect the Ravens and Chiefs to square off in what would be a highly anticipated AFC Championship game this season.

Interestingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys (11:1) and not the New Orleans Saints (14:1) are predicted to be the biggest challengers to San Francisco in the NFC picture.

But Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce isn’t buying it.

Kelce, who appeared on ESPN’s First Take recently, thinks Super Bowl LV will be a rematch between San Francisco and Kansas City:

“I honestly think it’ll be a rematch of Super Bowl LIV,” Kelce told the First Take staff. “The San Francisco 49ers are one heck of a team. They’re very, very well coached. Very disciplined in who they are, and obviously they’re very talented in who they are.”

The Niners could have another playoff run like they did last season. But one could argue getting there will be a lot tougher in 2020, especially if the NFC winds up being much more difficult than the AFC.

Same with the NFC West, too. The Arizona Cardinals, who finished last a year ago, added wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to pair with second-year quarterback Kyler Murray, with whom San Francisco’s defense had all kinds of trouble in the two interdivisional games in 2019. And while the Los Angeles Rams appear to be going through a restructuring, they’re still a threat.

So are those Seattle Seahawks, who hold the same 14:1 odds as the Saints to win the Super Bowl.

At least the Niners are plus-100 favorites to take home the NFC West, while the Seahawks are plus-240.

Sure, there are going to be a lot of changes in the predictions between now and the regular season. The NFL Draft will change things. So will the always-unavoidable injuries in training camp and the preseason.

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Still, at least the 49ers are sitting towards the very top in this particular odds-making prediction board. It’s not a bad place to be.