Considering their 6-10 finish, perhaps it’s a good thing the SF 49ers are in the top 10 of odds to win Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
Most teams coming off a sub-.500 finish during the regular season don’t wind up landing within the top 10 of Super Bowl odds the following year, especially before all the nuances of free agency and the NFL Draft have yet to pan out.
But oddsmakers seem to understand what the SF 49ers fanbase and many other analysts around the league already know: The Niners’ 2020 campaign was absolutely derailed by injuries and roster attrition, which ultimately led to the 6-10 finish and falling short of getting back to the Super Bowl after losing it the season prior.
Despite all of last year’s challenges, oddsmakers are still feeling pretty bullish about San Francisco’s chances in 2021.
According to The Action Network, citing Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, the SF 49ers currently have the seventh-best odds at plus-1600 to win Super Bowl LVI a little over a year from now.
The top 12 teams are as follows:
- Kansas City Chiefs (plus-600)
- Green Bay Packers (plus-1000)
- Buffalo Bills (plus-1000)
- Baltimore Ravens (plus-1200)
- New Orleans Saints (plus-1200)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (plus-1200)
- SF 49ers (plus-1600)
- Seattle Seahawks (plus-1600)
- Miami Dolphins (plus-2000)
- Dallas Cowboys (plus-2000)
- LA Rams (plus-2000)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (plus-2500)
Not bad company to be in, that’s for sure. And aside from a handful of teams, there aren’t exactly a lot of surprises either. Although it’s a bit interesting why the oddsmakers felt the Saints should be within the top five now that veteran and future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees called it a career.
Maybe that sportsbook feels the same way about quarterback Taysom Hill as the Saints do.
Both the Dolphins and Cowboys should probably be considered outliers, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see Miami get into the postseason dance after turning the tables in 2020. The Dolphins, too, have long-term quarterback questions in the wake of rookie Tua Tagovailoa‘s issues on display late in the season, though.
And Dallas? Well, that’s if quarterback Dak Prescott returns.
At any rate, No. 7 isn’t a bad spot for the SF 49ers to be in especially considering all that transpired with their injury-riddled roster in 2020.