Even though the opening night of the NFL season is still three months away, the sports world is still always eager to talk about football. At this time of the year, every team thinks that they’re a Super Bowl contender. While the underdogs still think they have a chance, there are only a few teams that are really seen as contenders to get to the big game. Let’s take a look at some potential Super Bowl 56 matchups so you begin to plan your bets against their Super Bowl odds.
Possible NFL Super Bowl LVI Matchups
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We could see a rematch from Super Bowl 55. Tampa Bay’s defensive line carved up Kansas City’s makeshift offensive line in last year’s Super Bowl. Because of that, Kansas City made huge upgrades to their offensive line this offseason.
Tampa Bay returns all 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning squad. If Tom Brady can continue to defy Father Time, the Bucs have a legitimate shot at winning the NFC title for the second season in a row.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills
After Josh Allen’s rise to stardom last season, the Bills are in a great position to challenge for a Super Bowl title. The Bills re-signed their free-agent offensive linemen, as they wanted to make sure to keep Allen safe. If they can find someone to man the running back position, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
By acquiring Matthew Stafford, the Los Angeles Rams have solidified their chances at winning a Super Bowl. Sean McVay’s offense will be perfect for Stafford, and he’ll be surrounded by a great arsenal of weapons that can be very productive. Aaron Donald and the Rams defense will once again be solid, so Los Angeles will be ready to challenge anyone.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans
After drafting Trey Lance, the 49ers can either go with the rookie, or it will push Jimmy Garoppolo to finally play up to his potential. They solidified their offensive line in the offseason, so whoever is under center will be protected. Kyle Shanahan will have a great running game, running behind a strong offensive line. The receiving corps is still a work in progress, but if the running game is as good as advertised, they should be fine. The Niners have some questions on the defensive side of the ball, and they’ve had health issues over the past couple of seasons. If the 49ers can stay healthy and find some secondary help, they’ll be in a position to make a long playoff run.
When the Titans acquired Julio Jones last week, they put the NFL on notice. With Jones, AJ Brown, Derrick Henry, and Ryan Tannehill, the Titans have a very strong offense. If the defense can carry its share of the weight, the Titans will be strong contenders to make it to Los Angeles for Super Bowl 56. The defense has been a weak spot for the Titans the last couple of seasons, they made some offseason improvements, but we’ll see if they did enough or not.