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HowToBet road to the Superbowl - It’s the underdog year

  • Friday, February 4, 2022, 10:47 am
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After 272 regular season National Football League games (the most ever), and another 12 playoff contests, we are pretty sure that most of you know How to Bet.

But with the biggest game still left, now is not the time to get cocky: this is the time to seek even more guidance, as you try to navigate the betting market that is the Super Bowl.

Thankfully for all bettors, whether they are new to the game (welcome Louisiana, and of course, all my New York people) or grizzled veterans of the sports betting new wave (since way back in 2018), How to Bet podcast co-hosts Daryl Fein and Sean “The Genius” Miller (as well as the whole cast behind the scenes) will work until the final minutes before kickoff on Sunday, February 13 trying to give bettors the most up-to-date betting information.

“The weeks off before the Super Bowl are always loaded with hype,” Fein said. “We are going to try and break through that hype and come up with solid prop bets, break down the game, and lead you to the money.”

The regular season was very interesting, but was just an appetizer for what has happened so far in the NFL playoffs, which many have already proclaimed as the best in the history of the league. The Wild Card Round got rid of the pretenders, and set up the most intriguing 36 hours of action ever: all four Divisional Round games went down to field goal on the final play of the games, with three won, and a fourth heading to overtime. Both top seeds, Green Bay in the NFC and Tennessee in the AFC, fell, which set up two fantastic Conference Championship contests.

Cincinnati, which you could have gotten before the 2021 season at odds of +6500 (65/1) to win the AFC and +20000 (200/1) to win the Super Bowl, stunned Super Bowl favorites Kansas City in the AFC Championship game, winning 27-24 in overtime to clinch its first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1988 season. That victory won bettors who backed the Bengals early, and even once they clinched the AFC North, a lot of money: a win in the Super Bowl will make some early backers very wealthy.

“What can you say about the Bengals, other than they definitely earned it,” Miller said. “Of course, I had backed Kansas City on my main ticket way back in October at 16/1, so I was a little bit shocked. But when Andy Reid did not kick that field goal at the end of the half, I thought it could come back to haunt the Chiefs. It did.

“But this guy Joe Burrow is a winner. Ja’Marr Chase is a winner. Both led LSU to its best season ever and the National Championship two years ago, and have a chance to add another trophy to their haul. You have to remember, Burrow tore his ACL last November in his rookie season, after he came in with so much hype as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. There were a lot of people who said he was a one-season wonder in college, and now he is the first top pick to go to the Super Bowl in two years or less.

“Cincinnati won four games last season, and is beat up all over the place. Wait until they get healthy!”

And then, of course, you have the Los Angeles Rams, who became the second team ever to host a Super Bowl (and the second in a row after Tampa Bay). Stan Kroekne gets to show off this fantastic new SoFi Stadium, and possibly win a NFL title.

LA had to beat the San Francisco 49ers for the first time in seven games to do it, and it was a titanic struggle, but they got back to the Super Bowl for the second time in four years after mortgaging the future to win now.

“Look, if the Rams did not win the NFC–and maybe Super Bowl LVI–this would have been a disaster of a year,” Miller said. “They picked up Super Bowl LV MVP Von Miller, Jalen Ramsey, Odell Beckham Jr., Matthew Stafford, and others to make this run, and it has worked out. Just. I am not sold on the play calling right now, but I think we all knew LA would be one of the favorites to win the NFC before the season.

“I think this has the potential to be one of the best Super Bowl games in recent memory, and it is going to be a hot ticket in Los Angeles.”

Speaking of the ticket prices, right now, they are going for north of $6,000. With the Bengals in for the first time since the 1988 season, and the Rams hosting, there is going to be a lot of big money changing hands for those lanyards with the big tickets in them.