An against-the-odds playoff run by Derrick Henry and the Titans will come to an end this week, if most bookmakers get their wish. It's not personal. It's just business. With victories by double-digit margins in each of its past four contests, Kansas City is now set as a +135 favourite on the Super Bowl odds, edging out San Francisco, which trails at +165.
If you look at regular season records, there appear to be three remaining National Football League teams in the same class - the 49ers, Packers and Chiefs - along with one outlier underdog, the Titans. The bye between the Wild Card and Divisional Round allowed San Francisco to rest and return some important cogs on defense, and that showed versus the Vikings.
After that, the 49ers can begin looking toward Super Bowl LV. "Can you imagine the props you can do with that game?"
And then there is one Cinderella story.
Rather, the Chiefs should focus on the Titans having the No. 24 pass defense. "Henry is a beast". That only increases the pressure to deliver in the three biggest matchups of the NFL's 100th season. That run started with a surprising 35-32 victory over the Chiefs as 5.5-point underdogs back in Week 10.
Jackson became the presumptive MVP in his second season, while Andrews, Judon, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and left tackle Ronnie Stanley became Pro Bowlers for the first time.
Mahomes' most recent performance was more memorable.
Mahomes versus either Rodgers or Garoppolo seems like a dream matchup for bettors and bookmakers. Rodgers was sacked five times and limited to 104 passing yards in a 37-8 loss to the 49ers in Week 12.
"The Niners made them look silly", Bogdanovich said. I can certainly see one of these underdogs winning outright on Sunday, but I don't think there is any value in betting this lookahead line due to the near certainty that the bet will have no action.
Bogdanovich is expecting the public to play the favorites and use the Chiefs and 49ers on six-point teaser wagers this week.
William Hill's advance line for the Super Bowl is pick 'em. The AFC was a 3-point favorite last week before Baltimore was eliminated.
Thanks to Tennessee knocking off Baltimore, the Chiefs jump to the top of the Super Bowl LIV odds.
Both the Titans and Packers are behind the eight ball heading into the weekend.