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2024 NFL Outright Odds: San Francisco 49ers favored

Which team will lift the Lombardi Trophy next February?

The Kansas City Chiefs are NFL champions again, and football fans are already looking forward to next season when 32 teams will be competing to win the title in New Orleans on February 9, 2025. 

Let's take a look at the latest outright odds.

2024 NFL Championship Odds

San Francisco 49ers+500
Kansas City Chiefs+700
Baltimore Ravens+900
Buffalo Bills+1000
Detroit Lions+1200
Cincinnati Bengals+1400

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San Francisco 49ers +500

The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs with the title on the line for the second time in five seasons in Nevada on February 11.

The news that they are favored to win the championship next season with outright odds of +500 may be of some consolation to head coach Kyle Shanahan and his team.

Playing in the NFC helps the Bay Area team's chances of returning to the NFL Championship for the third time in six seasons as they currently have fewer strong challengers to hold off while a bunch of tough teams are lining up to take on the Chiefs in the AFC.

With the majority of their key players set to remain in place for next season, there's no obvious reason why the 49ers shouldn't make another strong run after going 12-5 this year to claim the top seed in the NFC.

Kansas City Chiefs +700

The Chiefs probably won't mind not being favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy again next season as they thrived on the perceived disrespect of repeatedly being made underdogs in the playoffs.

The champions were outsiders for their final three games but won outright on the road against the Bills and Ravens and again in the NFL Championship against the 49ers as two-point underdogs on the spread.

The Chiefs will no doubt welcome another chance to bring in some offensive upgrades after star quarterback Patrick Mahomes was repeatedly let down by drops from the likes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore among others in the regular season. 

However, rookie Rashee Rice had a strong first season and tight Travis Kelce did not announce his retirement after the win over the 49ers, which will have been a relief to Chiefs fans.

Their defense should naturally improve next season given the number of talented young players on that unit and keeping coordinator Steve Spagnuolo around for another year is also a huge boost, although they will need to figure out whether or not to re-sign star defensive tackle Chris Jones. The Chiefs should remain the team all their rivals need to beat in the AFC next time around.

Baltimore Ravens +900

The Ravens let themselves down badly in the AFC Championship game, losing 17-10 at home to the Chiefs after securing the AFC top seed for the playoffs with a 13-4 record.

It's no surprise to see them near the top of the odds list for next season after quarterback Lamar Jackson won the regular-season MVP award.

The team will have to make changes, however, after losing defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald, who has become the youngest head coach in the NFL by succeeding Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive stars Patrick Queen, Justin Madubuike, Geno Stone, Jadeveon Clowney, Arthur Maulet, and Ronald Darby are among Baltimore's 26 free agents this offseason.

The team may also be looking for a new starting running back with JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Dalvin Cook all being free agents and they will face renewed competition in the AFC North after they were the only team in the division whose starting quarterback stayed healthy this season.

Buffalo Bills +1000

The Bills remain a nearly-team in the AFC after several years of looking to have a championship-caliber roster. They have lost in the divisional playoffs in each of the last three seasons after appearing in the AFC Championship game the year before.

It's hard to say that the Bills will have enough to make the required jump forward next time as they remain frustratingly inconsistent, although they gave it a good shot against the Chiefs in the playoffs this year, losing by only three points.

Running back James Cook made a decent amount of improvement in his second season, but lead wide receiver Stefon Diggs does not have much support and managed only three catches for 21 yards in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. 

The Bills fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey midway through last season but it seems more likely that they will need to go through more widespread changes to get to where they want to as the window for the current team to succeed seems to be closing.

Detroit Lions +1200

The Lions provided one of the good news stories of the season as they won the NFC North with a 12-5 record and won their first two playoff games since 1992.

They missed a great shot to go even further this year after a second-half meltdown against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game saw them lose after leading 24-7 at half-time.

As long as the emotional effects of that loss do not last into next season, the Lions deserve to be listed among the NFC front-runners with young stars on both sides of the ball in running back Jahmyr Gibbs, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and tight end Sam LaPorta, and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson leading their defense.

The Lions also received a boost when offensive coordinator Ben Johnson decided to remain with the team rather than taking up head coaching offers and they should be a team to watch again next season.

Cincinnati Bengals +1400

The Cincinnati Bengals' season was ruined by the wrist injury that ended quarterback Joe Burrow's year in Week 11. 

While back-up Jake Browning did better than anyone could have expected, winning four of his seven starts, it was still not enough for them to make the playoffs.

The Bengals finished last in the AFC North despite having a winning record at 9-8, but oddsmakers have not forgotten that they were among the favorites at the start of last season and Zac Taylor's team retain plenty of potential if Burrow is back to his best.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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