Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game between Kansas City and Cleveland wasn’t even over yet, but it didn’t need to be in order for the Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds to be impacted.
It all happened quickly after Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was injured midway through the third quarter. Mahomes was ruled out of the game four minutes into the fourth quarter after being evaluated for a concussion.
It seems like oddsmakers quickly shifted gears.
The Chiefs, who have had among the best odds to win Super Bowl LV for much of the season, dropped to +280 after Mahomes’ injury, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Kansas City was jumped by both the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, who are each +240. The Bills and the Packers, obviously, had already advanced to the conference championship game when the Chiefs had not yet.
For reference, Kansas City was 2-to-1 entering the weekend, per consensus data. The Packers were +260 while the Bills were +350 before their respective divisional-round wins, as well.
Backup quarterback Chad Henne and the Chiefs held on to defeat the Browns 22-17 in the AFC Divisional Round game Sunday.
But with the severity of Mahomes’ concussion symptoms not yet known, Kansas City could host the No. 2 Bills next weekend in the AFC Championship without the 2018 NFL MVP. That likely impacted the decision by oddsmakers, too.