Leading up to the Super Bowl By Ellie Bednarz


Leading up to the Super Bowl

By Ellie Bednarz

NFL season is officially four weeks in, and fans have been very excited to have football back on their televisions. Of course, the season is longer this year due to the NFL franchise voting to make the season 17 games still with a bye week. Now with 17 games, teams will have more of an opportunity to try and make the playoffs. But all 32 teams are hoping to capitalize their season by winning Super Bowl LVI. Although the Super Bowl is months away, there’s still excitement when looking forward to it.

The Super Bowl will be held on Sunday, February 6 in the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. SoFi Stadium was completed in September of 2020 seating 70,240 and is home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams are hoping to have the opportunity to appear in the Super Bowl at their home stadium; just like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did last season. Interestingly enough, the Rams are currently undefeated going into week four as they prepare to play the Arizona Cardinals. New to the Los Angeles Rams is Quarter Back Matthew Stafford, who is finally getting the opportunity to compete with a team that has playoff potential. It would mean a lot to the city of Los Angeles to have a home team compete in the Super Bowl.

Undefeated teams going into week four excluding the Rams are the Carolina Panthers (3-0), the Las Vegas Raiders (3-0), the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals. As of right now all four teams have a decent chance of winning their division or securing a wild card spot, but it is in fact too early to tell.

Some other teams that aren’t undefeated but still have some of the best odds to make the Super Bowl are the Kansas City Chiefs (+650), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+650), the Buffalo Bills (+950), the Green Bay Packers (+1400) and the Cleveland Browns (+1600); just to name a few.

Although the Super Bowl is about four months away, it was just announced on Thursday that Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige will perform the halftime show. This halftime show is always anticipated and will hopefully be exciting to watch. Another big factor that needs to be prepared for are the number of companies who have the money to pay for ads. Each year a 30 second ads costs around $4.5 million. Fans look forward to seeing the creativity of each ad. The Super Bowl overall is a big money event due to advertising, merchandising, ticket sales, and betting odds.

For the rest of the season, fans will be cheering on their teams, through the good and the bad, with hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. But only two teams will have the opportunity to battle it out for the Lombardi trophy in February. Who do you think it will be?