Super Bowl hangovers have been much more than a concerning superstition lately. Over the last five seasons, two of the last five Super Bowl losers have missed the playoffs outright, and only the New England Patriots made it as far as the Conference Championship that following year.
Just last season, the Los Angeles Rams followed up their Super Bowl loss by going 9-7, missing the playoffs and finishing third in the NFC West. But if these latest odds are any indication, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to buck that trend, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
49ers Odds to Make the Playoffs
San Francisco has the third-best odds to make the playoffs, as the 49ers are listed at -440 to qualify and +320 to miss out. Notably, that gives the 49ers the best such odds in the NFC, putting them well ahead of the second-place New Orleans Saints (-350).
There's also a ton of distance between San Francisco and the rest of the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks (-136) have the second-best odds in the division, followed by the Los Angeles Rams (+140) and Arizona Cardinals (+260).
Of course, it shouldn't exactly come as much of a surprise to see the 49ers atop the odds in the NFC. Even though the team lost big-time contributors in DeForrest Buckner, Emmanuel Sanders and Joe Staley, John Lynch added some excellent replacements like Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams.
While the recent history of Super Bowl losers is a bit worrying, the 49ers look poised for another strong campaign in 2020.
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