NFL Super Bowl LIV Odds: Can Anyone Stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?

The NFL regular season does not kick off for another four weeks and Super Bowl LIV is still another six months away, but that hasn't stopped bookmakers from setting out their stall early.

Tom Brady might have turned 42 earlier this week but the New England Patriots remain the team to beat, at least in the eyes of oddsmakers. According to data compiled by Vegas Insider, the six-time Super Bowl winners are 6/1 favorites to retain the title they won in February in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the history of the AFC, only the Buffalo Bills in the early 1990s won the AFC Championship Game four seasons in a row and if the Patriots are to reach Miami, their road will in all likelihood go through Kansas City just as it did a year ago.

In January, the Patriots defeated the Chiefs in a 37-31 shootout at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship Game, as Brady extinguished Patrick Mahomes' chances of leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in just his second year in the league.

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Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots and teammate Tom Brady #12 celebrate at the end of the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Harry How/Getty

The 23-year-old took the NFL by storm last season, joining Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterback in league history to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season.

Mahomes' performances earned him a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro selections, as well as the NFL Offensive Players of the Year and NFL MVP awards and the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft is a major reason why the Chiefs are joint-favorite with the Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

Kansas City hasn't made it to national title game since 1969, but have all it takes to finally knock the Patriots off their perch.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates how the salary cap in the NFL has increased over the last 16 years.

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The salary cap in the NFL has risen by at least $10 million in each of the last six years. Statista/NFL

Behind the AFC duo, NFC rivals Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are both 10-1 to win lift the Vince Lombardi trophy. The two teams made the NFC Championship last season, with the Rams controversially progressing after a missed pass interference call.

The Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles all follow at 14/1.

Last season the Colts began 1-5 before Andrew Luck returned to form and inspired a 9-1 run that took Indianapolis all the way to the playoffs, where it made light work of the Houston Texans in the wild card game before losing to the Chiefs in the divisional round.

Despite losing defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears will again rely heavily on their defense, while the Eagles can count on a fit-again Carson Wentz. The second overall pick of the 2016 draft was shut down after 11 games last season but is now fully recovered and penned a four-year, $128 million contract extension in June.

The Bears and the Eagles met in the wild card round, with Philadelphia winning 16-15 in dramatic fashion and it wouldn't be surprising to see the two NFC rivals cross path again in the playoffs this season.

The Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Chargers are both 16/1 as two of the league's best quarterbacks—Aaron Rogers and Philip Rivers—look to defy Father Time and reach the Super Bowl.

Behind the Packers and Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings are all 20/1 outsider.

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