The Buffalo Bills entered the NFL season as the open bet of choice for the first time since 1991, as the franchise continues to pursue its first Super Bowl title.
The Bills were listed at +600 on the Caesars Sportsbook ahead of the season opener Thursday night against the defending champions Los Angeles Rams.
“We really think the Bills are the top-rated team in terms of strength, but just as important is where they play,” SuperBook CEO and Odds Maker John Murray told ESPN. “The philosophy is that the West Asian teams will outperform each other and this will allow the Bills to be in a position to play the AFC Championship match through Buffalo.”
Caesars Sportsbook Vice President of Trading Craig McCullough told ESPN: “With the rebuilding of AFC East, the Billings are an almost certain lock in the playoffs and a clear contestant on the field in January, making them tough on any visiting team.”
After the bills, he represents West Asia for the next three teams in the conference with the shortest Super Bowl odds: Kansas City Chiefs (11-1), Los Angeles Chargers (14-1) and Denver Broncos (16-1). Along with the Las Vegas Raiders (30-1), all four AFC West teams rank among the top seven for most Super Bowl bets, by ticket volume, in Caesars. No other division has even three teams in the top 15.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at +750, are the second-best Super Bowl game overall, followed by the Rams (11-1) and Green Bay Packers (12-1) in the NFC. A big reason for this is the large amount of bets they have drawn during them Tom BradyA short retirement by 40-1 and its popularity in general in the betting window.
“They’re a team that takes money all year long,” DraftKings sports book director Johnny Avello told ESPN, noting that he’d put Tampa Bay 10-1 into the void, if not for the heavy work he got each season.
The Conquerors and Philadelphia Eagles have also received noteworthy attention. This week, the Eagles (+130) overtook the Dallas Cowboys (+135) as the NFC East’s best in most sportsbooks. Mucklow attributed that to “very steep money” over the weekend, although Avello noted that the Eagles’ support came from “sophisticated and underdeveloped” bookmakers.
“The biggest surprise so far is the love we’ve seen for the Raiders nationwide and not just in Las Vegas,” McCullough said. “It’s our biggest responsibility of the season, and pre-season 4-0 has given the fans even more reason to bet on silver and black.”
The Raiders have made big changes this off-season, hiring coach Josh McDaniels and fixing the front office. On the field, Vegas has added a wide receiver Pro Bowl five times Davant Adams And an All-Pro defensive end twice Chandler Jonesamong other things.
“Anytime a team hits it in any sport, it’s going to make a huge impact,” Murray said. “The Raiders have added some exciting names, and people want to talk about themselves in them.” “But the problem is, West Asia looks like the best division ever. I know it sounds like an exaggeration, but I don’t think it is.”
The Cincinnati Bengals entered last season as 125-1 long shots and reached the Super Bowl. The longest odds for a Super Bowl champion over the past 22 years are the 2001 New England Patriots (60-1) and 2007 New York Giants (30-1), and the odds makers aren’t expecting another round like Cincinnati.