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NFL Playoffs Betting Odds
And then there were two! Online sportsbooks knew going into Sunday’s title games that wins and covers by the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs would be nothing short of catastrophic. Unfortunately for those booking the bets, it played out exactly as such. Every pointspread, money line, teaser and parlay bet was paid out which has the books eager for Super Bowl LIV to arrive to get back in the money. Thankfully, one heck of a matchup looks to be on the horizon with Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers set to square off against Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. These teams were arguably the two best in the league over the course of the regular season and playoffs, and showed as such on Sunday by disposing of the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. It’s only fitting each is paired up with the Lombardi Trophy for the taking.
Super Bowl LIV Betting Odds
|San Francisco 49ers
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Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the co-favorites +750 to win the Super Bowl along with the Los Angeles Rams before the regular season kicked off. While LA failed to hold up its end of the bargain, KC did just that finally kicking the door in after coming up short in the playoffs each of the last four seasons. Back-to-back losses in the division round were followed up with a sickening loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round. Then they never got a chance to possess the pigskin in last year’s overtime defeat to the New England Patriots in the AFC title game. Though things played out frighteningly similar to the Houston game early on against the Titans with a trip to LIV on the line, the Chiefs found their bearings before falling into another gargantuan hole and went on to dispose of Tennessee to finally punch the franchise’s ticket to a Super Bowl for the first time in over 50 years!
With them they bring arguably the nastiest offense the league has to offer with Patrick Mahomes overlooking it all. He’s the shot caller of the NFL’s No. 6 ranked attack that racks up nearly 380 yards and scores just over 28 points per game. It already showed how potent it can be in the division round versus the Texans by rattling off 41 unanswered points after falling into a 24-0 hole. With Travis Kelce, Tyreke Hill, Sammie Watkins and a number of other targets to sling the pigskin to, San Francisco’s top ranked pass defense will most definitely have its hands full. Whether it proves to be enough will ultimately be decided by a leaky run defense that just put forth a surprisingly good showing against the Titans by putting Derrick Henry’s flames out.
San Francisco 49ers
Since smashing the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX, the playoffs haven’t treated the San Francisco 49ers very kindly. Though it qualified for Super Bowl XLVII, it lost to the Ravens and lost in the NFC title game the season before and after. Prior to that, there were six other playoff appearances with the deepest march resulting in another conference championship defeat to the Green Bay Packers. But none of that will mean anything on February 2 when they invade South Beach looking to log the sixth Super Bowl win in franchise history. Kyle Shanahan’s troops will enter Hard Rock Stadium in excellent form as well having logged impressive wins and pointspread covers against the Minnesota Vikings and Packers to be the last team standing in the NFC. Not bad for a team expected to finish third in the NFC West standings and offering up a 40-1 return to win the Super Bowl at the outset of the regular season!
The key to the 49ers success this season has been a punishing ground assault backed by one of the more ferocious defenses to take to the gridiron in quite some time. Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t asked to do much in either of the 49ers playoff victories simply due to the fact that the ground game simply did as it pleased en route to punching a ticket to the Super Bowl. Tevin Coleman paced the attack against the Vikings with 105 yards and 2 TD, while Raheem Mostert shined against the Packers running for 220 yards and a whopping 4 TD. With Kansas City giving up better than 128 yards per game on the ground (No. 26), you can bet your bottom dollar that San Fran’s backfield will be awfully busy trying to keep the pigskin out of Mahomes’ hands over the course of the games entirety. If it can’t, the Niners will take solace in the fact that Richard Sherman spearheads the league’s No. 1 ranked pass defense that concedes just over 169 yards per game. With the pressure Dee Ford and Nick Bosa are likely to bring, it’s going to be a joy to watch this defense square off against the Chiefs offense in the final game of the 2019-20 NFL betting season!
NFL Playoffs Betting
NFL Wild Card Round
A frenetic Week 17 has produced what looks to be an intriguing Wild Card Weekend slate. While some teams like the Steelers and Raiders saw their playoff aspirations go by the wayside, others like the 49ers and Chiefs saw their odds of making an impact get much better. The Eagles ended up seeing their end of season streak all the way through by defeating the Giants in Gotham, while the defending champion Patriots shockingly lost outright to the Dolphins as huge home favorites and now find themselves playing in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Do the Bills, Texans, Titans, Patriots, Vikings, Saints, Seahawks or Eagles have what it takes to cash in on the Super Bowl LIV odds as wild cards at online sportsbooks? If so, they’ll join the 2010 Green Bay Packers as only the tenth team to ever pull off the feat!
NFL Divisional Round
It is called “The Greatest Weekend in Football.” And with plenty of good reason. The NFL Divisional Playoffs feature four of the most important games of the year. With two games on both Saturday and Sunday in mid to late January the winners advance to the Conference Championship Games. Some of the greatest events in the history of football have been Divisional Playoff Games. Among them was the longest game ever played when the Miami Dolphins upset the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in an epic double overtime Christmas Day classic in 1971. From that point the Divisional Playoffs have been must see TV.
NFL Conference Championship
Last year the respective Conference Championship Games in the National and American Football Conferences went down as among the greatest and most memorable of all time. The Los Angeles Rams scored a highly controversial 26-23 overtime win at the New Orleans Saints with the great aid of a blown pass interference call that should have gone in the Saints favor. Later that evening the Kansas City Chiefs suffered a heartbreaking 37-31 overtime home loss to the New England Patriots in which the Patriots were given a new lease on life after Tom Brady threw what looked to be a season ending interception. A Kansas City player was offsides by a hair on the play which altered history forever. The Conference Championship Games feature the NFL’s top four teams with the winners going on to the Super Bowl.
NFL Pro Bowl
The NFL Pro Bowl has undergone a number of changes over the years to make it more appealing, but it is just a glorified exhibition contest that at times can be an unwatchable display. However, it does allow for a number of wagering possibilities and it is football, which keeps the game coming back year after year. The Pro Bowl still draws a larger television audience than the regular season games of the other major sports. Based on the money generated from that, the Pro Bowl continues to live on with new rules and a revolving schedule. And while the Pro Bowl will never match the Super Bowl or even a regular season game in quality and intensity it has become much easier on the eyes the past several years. Continue
NFL Super Bowl LIV
It’s hard to believe but the first Super Bowl was not even called the Super Bowl. On January 15, 1967 the AFL-NFL World Championship game pitted the National Football League Champion Green Bay Packers against the American Football League champion Kansas City Chiefs. This was the first game ever between the two leagues that merged into the NFC and AFC conferences. Unlike today, the venue of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was not even picked until late November of 1966.
Only two thirds of the stands were full to see Green Bay win 35-10. But from those humble beginnings came what is now the biggest game of any kind each year. And just as the game has grown over the years so too has Super Bowl gambling. In 1967 nobody could envision live, online or mobile gambling let along all of the betting options that would be made available today. Continue
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