Green Bay Packers Displace Kansas City Chiefs as Favorites to Win Super Bowl LV

Published 01/20/2021, 11:09 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates his touchdown pass with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


The Andy Reid-led Kansas City Chiefs are still sweating on the fitness of 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. The Texas-born QB suffered a concussion after being taken to ground by the Cleveland Browns’ outside linebacker Mack Wilson. Despite his absence, backup QB Chad Henne did enough to lead the home team to a narrow 22-17 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers stamped their dominance in the NFC with a 32-18 win over a hurting Los Angeles Rams outfit.

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The Packers’ offensive prowess, coupled with Patrick’s unfortunate injury, means coach Matt LaFleur’s team are currently the bookmakers’ favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl LV title.

But a certain sports analyst is not convinced with this development.

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Nick Wright was taken aback by all the criticism being directed towards the Chiefs since Sunday. Despite securing their spot in a 3rd-straight AFC Championship game, some critics claim Andy Reid’s boys will not be able to defend their Super Bowl title this season.

He said, “Appalled? Certainly. Insulted? You betcha. Folks, this team is 24-1 in the last 25 games Patrick Mahomes has played.

“We don’t know what they would look like on the road in the Playoffs because they’ve been so good the last 3 years, they’ve never played a road playoff game, and they won’t this weekend, they’ll continue to play home games.

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes would suffer an injury on the play. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

“And now that disrespect has reached a crescendo where for the first time since the divisional round last year they are not the odds-on favorites to win the entire Super Bowl…

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“They’ve fallen in the rankings because they just won a game with their backup quarterback, backup running back,” Wright said on ESPN’s First Things First.

Coach Reid is optimistic that Mahomes will recover in time to feature in the decisive game over the weekend. But the NFL has a strict 5-step concussion protocol that Mahomes must pass in order to play in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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