Brady looking to pass

Super Bowl LIV outright odds (As of Aug. 19)

New England Patriots: 7.50
Kansas City Chiefs: 8.50
New Orleans Saints: 9.50
Los Angeles Rams: 11.00
Philadelphia Eagles: 14.00
Indianapolis Colts: 14.00
Cleveland Browns: 16.00


With the start of the NFL regular season just over two weeks away, a strong portion of bettors are – at least right now – backing the reigning champs, the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady and the Patriots had the best odds to win Super Bowl LIV as of Monday at PlayNow.com, and while we eagerly await the conclusion of the preseason and the beginning of the regular season, bettors seem eager for what would be New England’s seventh championship since 2001.

As of Monday, 17.3 per cent of money had been wagered on the Patriots to win Super Bowl LIV, the highest share among the 32 teams in the National Football League. New England doesn’t play in a strong division, however, that team has for years set the bar around the league, and despite a slow start last year, they eventually became an unstoppable, unrelenting force on its way to another title.

Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady is now 42 years old but does he really show glaring signs of slowing down any time soon? His numbers in 2018 certainly weren’t his best – 29 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions and 4,355 yards passing – but he still led an offence that finished fifth in the league in yards per game and fourth in points per game.

While some bettors currently like the Patriots to repeat as champs, others are turning their attention to an NFC team also boasting a future Hall-of-Famer at quarterback in 40 year old Drew Brees.

About 15.2 per cent of money wagered is on the New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl in 2020, the second highest share among NFL teams for the outright market.

The Saints had the third best offence last season in terms of points per game but eventually lost out on an NFC title when the Los Angeles Rams defeated them in overtime in the conference championship – a game full of controversy following a non-call on pass interference down near the Rams goal line in the fourth quarter.

The Saints had the third best Super Bowl outright odds at PlayNow.com as of Monday, set at 9.50, as well as the best odds to win the NFC South at 1.60.

With the regular season set to begin on Sept. 5 – Green Bay is currently a 3.5-point road underdog versus the Chicago Bears in the season opener – it isn’t a surprise to see the majority of money right now placed on the top four favourites in the Super Bowl market.

About 53.6 per cent of money wagered on the outright market is currently spread across the Patriots, Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, respectively. About 13.1 per cent of money wagered is on the Chiefs and eight per cent on the Rams.

The Chiefs have the second best odds at 8.50. The Rams have the fourth best odds at 11.00 despite making it to the Super Bowl last season.

One team that, perhaps surprisingly, is garnering attention amongst bettors? No, it’s not the Cleveland Browns – at least not in British Columbia or Manitoba.

It’s the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Remember them?

Led primarily by their defence, the Jaguars made it to the 2017-18 AFC Championship game before eventually coughing up a fourth quarter lead to the Patriots. Jacksonville fell on hard times last season, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The disappointment ushered in a change at quarterback, with the team releasing Blake Bortles and signing former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles as their new starter.

In terms of money wagered on teams to win the Super Bowl, the Jaguars round out the top five. About 6.2 per cent of money wagered is on them to win what would be the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

The Jaguars’ current odds to win Super Bowl LIV are 35.00 at PlayNow.com.

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