Who will win Super Bowl LVI? Ranking the nine most likely NFL champions at the end of the 2021 regular season


Bills over Rams was my pre-season prediction for the Super Bowl, and it’s still very possible. Buffalo can play with – and to beat – anyone, thanks to a special quarterback who carries the team on his back. Josh Allen is a monster. We saw him a few weeks ago in Tampa, when he brought the Bills back from a 24-3 halftime deficit to force overtime. Despite the eventual defeat, Allen is the author of one of the most impressive football halves this season. And last Sunday at Foxborough, Allen tormented the Patriots from Bill Belichick in a massive 33-21 victory. He was the best player on the pitch, which is not uncommon. When Allen is on his game, he lifts Buffalo with his unreal arm, athleticism, and gameplay ability. It’s spectacular to watch. The key is to give him a little bit of balance on offense, which Buffalo showed throughout the home stretch.

To Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier’s credit, the defense hasn’t collapsed since Tre’Davious White’s season-ending injury. In the four games since the Pro Bowl cornerback fell, Buffalo has kept three opponents within 300 yards of attack.

With games remaining against the Falcons and Jets – both at home – Buffalo is set to reach the playoffs with a second straight AFC East championship, drawn to avenge last season’s loss in the World Cup title game. ‘AFC.