Twelve NFL franchises have never lifted the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. Over one-third of the league has never won a Super Bowl in the 55 years since the first one.
As we approach the 2021 season, which NFL teams have the best NFL odds to end their Super Bowl drought? There are a few strong options this season.
NFL Teams with the Best Odds to End Super Bowl Drought This Season
The Teams and Their Odds
- Arizona Cardinals, +3800
- Atlanta Falcons, +6000
- Buffalo Bills, +1100
- Carolina Panthers, +5000
- Cincinnati Bengals, +8000
- Cleveland Browns, +1400
- Detroit Lions, +12500
- Houston Texans, +15000
- Jacksonville Jaguars, +8000
- Los Angeles Chargers, +3000
- Minnesota Vikings, +4000
- Tennessee Titans, +2500
I feel quite confident proclaiming now that the Texans, Lions, Bengals, Panthers, Jaguars, and Falcons will have to wait another year, at minimum.
Still, there are a few teams of interest above that could get over the hump and bring a Super Bowl championship back to their home city for the first time.
There’s no better place to start than in Buffalo. Josh Allen had a strong third year in 2020, leading the Bills to the AFC Championship Game.
If Allen continues to grow as a passer, aided by his strong rushing talent, the sky’s the limit for this Bills team. A game from the Super Bowl, Buffalo, has the offensive juice to reach that final game. Stefon Diggs sparked this team with his arrival, leading the NFL in receiving in 2020.
The Browns are one of the more popular picks to win this season. The team made it to the Divisional Round in 2020 and added key pieces to shore up their defensive liability.
Cleveland brings back the top offensive line in football, a massive advantage in the NFL. If Baker Mayfield continues his consistency at the quarterback position and the Browns continue rushing down the team’s throats as they did in 2020, the Browns can win a Super Bowl.
The Titans made it to the AFC Championship Game in 2019 and lost in the Wild Card round in 2020. Despite moving backward, this is a team with playoff experience, and the offense just got a lot more menacing with the addition of Julio Jones.
Jones joins AJ Brown, who many view as a top-five receiver in the NFL and Derrick Henry at running back. The trio is one of the strongest in the league, and if their defense can get right in 2021, the Titans can make a run through the AFC.
We need to touch on at least one NFC team, and we’ll give the nod here to Arizona. The Cardinals play in the toughest division in football, which makes their path both difficult and battle-tested.
Kyler Murray had an electric, if not inconsistent, second season in the NFL. If Murray can follow the Josh Allen model of taking a leap in his third year, the Cardinals could surprise some teams. DeAndre Hopkins remains one of the best receivers in football.
Arizona started hot in 2020 before fizzling out. They’ve made steps to address their defense this offseason. Getting two games each against the Rams, Seahawks, and 49ers is tough, but it will also prepare this team for anything that comes their way.