Super Bowl front-runners for the NFL’s 100 season


Braden Ward

Chart representing the AFC and NFC Super Bowl contenders as of Dec. 18.

As the NFL postseason approaches, only a handful of teams remain true Super Bowl contenders. Baltimore is the current AFC favorite, with New England and Kansas City not too far behind. In the NFC, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle all remain in the upper tier of Super Bowl contenders.   

With MVP front runner Lamar Jackson leading the league’s number one offense, along with a top-five defense, Baltimore has steamrolled though some premier NFL competition. They beat the Patriots and Seahawks by three scores. The Texans and Rams mustered a measly 13 combined points against Baltimore, but the Ravens scored a combined 86 points in these two games. They were also able to power through the Bill’s stellar defense and dropped 42 points on the Jets. 

The only real competition the Ravens face in the AFC is New England and Kansas City. Baltimore lost a showdown against the Chiefs by a score on week three at Kansas City. If the Ravens meet them in the AFC championship game, the Ravens will have a home-field advantage as Baltimore has the higher seed. 

Over in the NFC, things are certainly closer. San Francisco secured the one-seed despite a tragic loss against the 5-9 Falcons, losing to both of the league’s top seeds by a field goal, and barely beating some not so great competition. San Fransisco only scored 9 points against the 3-9 Redskins, and beat the 3-8-1 Cardinals by 10. However, they managed to beat the number two seed Packers 37-8 and the number three seed Saints in a 48-46 nailbiter.

The Packers and Saints remain very much alive in the race to represent the NFC in this season’s Super Bowl. Both teams possess an 13-3 record. The Packers have a first round bye in the playoffs while the Saints have a wild card matchup with the six-seed Vikings. Any clash between these three NFC teams would result in a potential game of the year. 

Heading into the playoffs, there’s potential for several blowouts or upsets that could result in an interesting Super Bowl matchup in February.