Buffalo Bills Become Sportsbooks' Biggest Super Bowl Liability
The NFL season is set to start Thursday with the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams hosting the Buffalo Bills. But it’s not the defending champs who bettors have decided to back to win Super Bowl LVII.
In just a few days, the Bills have seen their Super Bowl odds drop from as high as +700 to +550 now at DraftKings Sportsbook.
According to Caesars Sportsbook, the Bills have received over twice as much money to win the Super Bowl than every other team and more than four times as much money to win it all than 22 teams.
“I just think the Bills have all the momentum in the public’s eyes,” Caesars Sportsbook Assistant Director of Trading Adam Pullen said in a media statement. “Like it’s a matter of when, not if, they’re going to win the Super Bowl.”
Buffalo is also the biggest liability at BetMGM. The Bills have taken the most amount at 11.9% and are responsible for 17.5% of the overall Super Bowl handle for the season.
Super Bowl Favorites in the Loaded AFC West
The AFC West is projected to be the best division in football this season. Kansas City remains favored with Patrick Mahomes leading a still explosive offense. The Los Angeles Chargers added outside linebacker Khalil Mack, and the Denver Broncos brought in Russell Wilson to improve its offense. Las Vegas also managed to trade for the top wide receiver in the NFL, acquiring Davante Adams from the Packers.
Following the Bills, the AFC West has the next three teams with the best odds to win the Super Bowl from the AFC. At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chiefs are at +1000, followed by the Chargers at +1400 and Broncos at +1700. Las Vegas is further down at +4000.
Over at Caesars, each of the four AFC West teams are in the top seven for most bets to win the Super Bowl. The Raiders are second (7.3%), Chargers third (5.7%), Chiefs are fourth (5.4%) and Broncos seventh (4.9%). No other division even has three teams in the top 15 for most wagers in this category.
Super Bowl Longshots
The Cincinnati Bengals almost capped off an improbable Super Bowl run last season before falling to the Rams in the title game. Cincinnati was +12500 to win it all and would have been the biggest underdog to win the Super Bowl in the past 22 years.
The 2001 New England Patriots were +6000 and the 2007 New York Giants were +3000.
The Philadelphia Eagles opened at +4000 on BetMGM and have moved down to +2500 after receiving 3.4% of the handle and 3.1% of the overall ticket percentage.
At Caesars, only the Chicago Bears at +15000 and Houston Texans at +30000 are the only teams not to receive a $1,000 bet to win the Super Bowl. Chicago is also the only team that has more $1000+ bets to finish with the worst record than to win the Super Bowl.
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