Only once in the history of the NFL have the same two teams from the previous Super Bowl enjoyed a grudge match from the previous season.
The odds are long, much like any team seeking the Lombardi Trophy outside of the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, for such a rematch to occur.
But hey, this is sports. Anything can happen. And for sports bettors in New Jersey, why not capitalize on the unexpected?
The divisional round of the NFL Playoffs kicks off Saturday. By Sunday night, the AFC and NFC championship games will be set. Shortly thereafter, Super Bowl LIII will have its entrants. And Super Bowl betting will commence.
Why wait, though, to cash in on predictions?
Eight online sportsbooks in the Garden State feature futures markets on Super Bowl winners, matchups, even MVPs. Here, we examine all those NJ sports betting lines, which are as of Friday.
Super Bowl LIII current odds at NJ sportsbooks
Of course, every NJ sportsbook app offers NFL futures.
The league is the most popular in North America. It commands the majority of bettors’ attention. It became the catalyst for an industry that quickly racked up $54.1 million in NJ sports betting revenue on $928.1 million in wagers since launch.
With the Super Bowl looming, a game that annually ranks as the most-watched program in America, there is more to be had. For bettors, perhaps a dark horse will allow them to do the same.
In that vein, here is a look at the odds for each playoff team to take home the Lombardi Trophy from eight online sportsbooks.
|NFL Team||DraftKings||BetStars||FanDuel||Caesars||888 Sport||SugarHouse||William Hill NJ||playMGM|
|Los Angeles Rams||+118||+120||+116||+120||+115||+115||+120||+118|
|New England Patriots||-137||-137||-132||-145||-139||-139||-140||-138|
Dare to be specific
Certainly, correctly predicting, and therefore cashing in on, the winner of Super Bowl LIII provides ample bragging rights for bettors.
How about getting more specific with those wagers, though?
At BetStars NJ and playMGM, customers have the opportunity to wager on which teams will meet in the Super Bowl.
With BetStars, a showdown between the Chiefs and Saints seems inevitable as that matchup is favored with 9/2 odds. A Kansas City-Los Angeles Rams meeting carries a 13/2 line, while a Saints-Los Angeles Chargers sits at 10/1. The Super Bowl matchup with the longest odds, at 40/1, features the Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.
Similarly, the Chiefs and Saints are favored to go head to head at playMGM, with a +383 line. Next is a Saints-New England Patriots showdown at +530, followed by Chiefs-Rams at +533. The most-daring wagers, carrying payouts of +5300 and +5750, involve Chargers-Cowboys and Cowboys/Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Going back to the top note: Only one time in NFL history have the same two teams met in consecutive Super Bowls. For those believing streaks are meant to be broken, consider the following offerings:
- FanDuel: New England defeats Philadelphia, +5700; Philadelphia defeats New England, +5900
- William Hill: Philadelphia defeats New England, +3500; New England defeats Philadelphia, +4500
- BetStars: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 20/1
- playMGM: New England vs. Philadelphia, +2000
At SugarHouse Sportsbook, bettors have the opportunity to wager on specific teams to win the Super Bowl vs. the field. For example, customers can lay money down on the Chargers or Chiefs to win it all (+250) or any of the other six teams (the field, -360). Favorites include Saints or Rams (+110) vs. the field (-148), and Saints or Patriots (+130) vs. the field (-177).
- FanDuel: New Orleans over Kansas City, +620; New Orleans over New England, +850; Kansas City over New Orleans, +910
- William Hill: New Orleans over Kansas City, +600; New Orleans over New England, +700; Kansas City over New Orleans, +850
Got your champ? Get your MVP
A vast array of markets exist for Super Bowl and NFC/AFC Championship futures at each of New Jersey’s online sportsbooks.
But only FanDuel, as of this writing, offers an even more-focused market for bettors.
For those convinced of their Super Bowl-winning predictions is a chance to wager on which player will take home the game’s MVP award.
New Orleans QB Drew Brees sits as the favorite to garner the award, which would be his second MVP after accomplishing the feat nine years ago. Behind Brees, listed at +320, is Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes at +500, followed by New England QB Tom Brady at +650.
Of note, down the list with a hefty +2000 line, is last year’s Super Bowl Cinderella, Philadelphia QB Nick Foles, who has led the Eagles to four straight wins as they ready to take on championship-favorite New Orleans in the divisional round.