ODDS TO WIN SUPERBOWL LIII
|Kansas City Chiefs
||New Orleans Saints
||Los Angeles Rams
Bet the New Orleans Saints +179 at BookMaker.eu
If you added the Saints to your preseason portfolio at +2200 kudos to you! You certainly got the best of the number and get to ride home field advantage in the NFC Championship Game. If you only just bought in last week, be happy you’re getting back a 2-1 return on your original investment. Save for a couple weeks, New Orleans has been the favorite to be the last team standing. Sean Payton’s squad showed just how good it was last week after falling into a quick 14-0 hole yet still found a way to come out on top. Drew Brees and company had no issues moving the ball up and down the field and putting points on the board in the first go round with LA ultimately winning it 45-35 as 2 point home dogs. They’re the favored side this time around and will likely be making it a point not to get so far behind at the outset of this one.
Bet the Kansas City Chiefs +268 at BookMaker.eu
After choking away a surefire win at home against the Titans in the Wild Card round last season, it came as no surprise to see the Chiefs come out like gangbusters against what was a red hot Colts team. Kansas City wasted no time getting out to a quick 7-0 lead that swelled to 17-0 before Indianapolis managed to put its first points on the board. Mahomes looked like he belonged in his first career playoff start throwing for 278 yards without an interception thrown. Not the greatest of stat lines, but that’s what happens when KC’s ground game flourishes. This game against the Pats sets up to be a gem after the teams played to a 43-40 thriller earlier this season in Foxboro in a game the Chiefs just as easily could’ve won. Those still loving the over might want to gauge just how low the total falls due to reports of the arctic blast set to invade Arrowhead. Defense was optional in the first go round.
Bet the New England Patriots +360 at BookMaker.eu
Like the sun rises and sets every day, the New England Patriots are back in the AFC Championship game. After simply toying with the Chargers last Sunday, all of a sudden the defending AFC champs look to be playing the type of ball that’s seen the franchise dominate since the turn of the century. Lined around +575 to win Super Bowl LIII on the futures odds all season, New England’s odds to win it all are currently the shortest they’ve been all season. They opened up at 5-1 and should still be in that territory in my opinion. That said, if Sony Michel and the ground game is able to go off a second straight week, I could be singing a different tune come next Monday. Just like a bulk of the betting public overreacted to the Ravens handling the Chargers this first time around, they’re likely to overreact about the Patriots performance last week.
Bet the Los Angeles Rams +374 at BookMaker.eu
How impressed were you with LA’s performance against the Cowboys last week? While the defense did a tremendous job limiting Ezekiel Elliott and the offense had no issues running the football regardless of whether it was Todd Gurley or C.J. Anderson toting the rock, there were still some major concerns. The pass defense allowed Dak Prescott to complete 63 percent of his passes for 266 yards and 1 TD, and the offense still struggled mightily to get much of anything done through the air. If I was holding a Rams Super Bowl LIII futures ticket right now, I’d be very concerned with what’s going on with Jared Goff. He hasn’t been the same since the team’s Week 12 bye, and things likely aren’t going to get easier this week against the strength of New Orleans defense that’s already seen him before and got roasted. It’s telling that the Patriots jumped them on the futures odds fat the best sportsbooks or the first time all season this past week.