Every year NFL fans, as well as those who only have a passing interest in American football, look to place a bet on the Super Bowl, and last year was no exception. It is estimated that the total sum bet on the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals exceeded $7.5 billion.
That figure is a marked increase on the previous year, which is perhaps unsurprising given that the coronavirus restrictions that were in place for the previous Super Bowl certainly led to a downturn in interest in the game.
When betting on the game, you can look to do so while tracking the Super Bowl winner live odds, which are constantly changing, and you might even want to consider putting in a futures bet during the offseason.
The early pacesetters for the next Super Bowl come in the familiar form of the Kansas City Chiefs, who had reached the AFC Championship game for four straight seasons, and with Patrick Mahomes at the controls, you can expect the Arrowhead side to be there or thereabouts by the end of the season.
The Buffalo Bills are just ahead of the Chiefs, at (+750), and Josh Allen is certainly a player who could continue to help push Sean McDermott’s side in the right direction.
The Bills went 17 seasons without post-season football, and that all changed when McDermott became head coach in 2017, and they’ve now made it through the regular season in four of the five seasons he’s been in charge and have lost to the Chiefs in both the last two campaigns.
So, what about an outside bet? It may be worth backing the New England Patriots to do the unthinkable, winning a Super Bowl without Tom Brady at the wheel. Mac Jones did a grand job of filling the Brady void last season and will come into the new season as a more experienced campaigner and is perhaps a player Bill Belichick can mold into a real talent.
New England at (+2500) for the Super Bowl, which places the Pats at 10th in order of favorites, and that’s actually progress in relation to last season, and the payout you’d secure if this were to occur is well worth the bet itself.
By all accounts, Belichick is very excited by Mac Jones’ potential and can see the future ahead as something of a project, and former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount believes this could be crucial to New England’s chances.
“I think Bill is locked in, and he’s going to be locked in for as long as he can,”
“As long as he needs to be to find someone he’s comfortable with taking over the reins. I know he’s not the person to hire the next head coach, but I know they’re definitely going to involve him in that process. They would be dumb not to.”
“I think he’s going to be going for a while,” added the Super Bowl champion tailback. “At least until he proves that he doesn’t need 12 [Brady].”