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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles from San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Dec. 25, 2023. Baltimore took over the top spot in this week's NFL Power Rankings (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

The NFL Playoffs are down to the final eight teams. But even though all remaining teams still have a chance to win the Super Bowl, not all of these odds are equal. At least not according to Las Vegas. The betting on currently favor the top seeds in each conference, with the San Francisco 49ers the favorites to bring home a sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Current odds to win Super Bowl 58 based on the Caesars Sports Book:

+170 – San Francisco 49ers
+290 – Baltimore Ravens
+500 – Buffalo Bills
+700 – Kansas City Chiefs
+850 – Detroit Lions
+3000 – Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kansas City was my preseason prediction to win the AFC, but they were supposed to face the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs and Lions both look like good bets to me, but tough to sleep on anyone at this time of year. We will know in the next few weeks if Vegas knew what they were doing.

Rookie Quarterbacks in the NFL Playoffs

There is still one rookie QB playing, and it is C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans. Stroud won his first NFL Playoff game last weekend, by helping to annihilate the Cleveland Browns. This weekend he has an opportunity to win his second playoff game. Only three quarterbacks in NFL history have ever won multiple playoff starts as a rookie. Stroud is hoping the become the fourth. The previous three are:

2008 – Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
2009 – Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
2022 – Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers

Stroud knocked out Flacco on Super Wildcard Weekend. If the Texans win their first Super Bowl, Brock Purdy might stand in the way as well.

Also in today’s Patriots Daily…

2024 New England Patriots Roster

Patriots Football Now – Second Looks: 2024 New England Patriots Offense

Patriots Football Now – Second Look: 2024 New England Patriots Defense and Special Teams

2024 New England Patriots Staff

Patriots Football Now – Eight Candidates to Replace Belichick in the Patriots Front Office

Patriots Football Now – Six Defensive Coordinator Candidates for Jerod Mayo

NFL News – Head Coach Openings

Yahoo! Sports – Chargers interview Bengals OC Brian Callahan for head coaching job – Commanders GM Adam Peters discusses head coaching search – Falcons announce completed interview with Jim Harbaugh

Field Gulls – John Schneider provides glimpse into head coach search

NBC Sports – Rams DC Raheem Morris to interview for Panthers job

Raiders Wire – Raiders interviewed Kris Richard on Tuesday for head coaching job

Music City Miracles – ESPN Insider predicts Titans to hire Lions DC Aaron Glenn as next coach

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Fun Fact of the Day

New New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo played 111 games in the NFL. But that is not the record for a player from his high school. Mayo attended Kencoughton, in Hampton, Va. He is one of five NFL players to have attended that school. Linebacker Dwight Hollier, who played for the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts from 1992 to 2000, played in 137 NFL games during his career.

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day is from Pickswise with a Bill Belichick interaction in honor of Derrick Mason’s birthday…