Now that the Jets and Giants are out of Super Bowl contention, we take a look at popular NFL Championship bets among New York sports bettors.
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Last Thursday morning, the New York Gaming Commission gave the go-ahead to four online sportsbooks – DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive – to begin accepting bets at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 8.
New York, the fourth-most populous state, becomes the largest state thus far in terms of population to legalize online sports wagering, as California, Florida, and Texas have yet to do so.
For the 20 million people who call the Empire State home, the approval couldn’t come at a better time. The NFL postseason will be getting underway next weekend, culminating in Super Bowl 56 on February 13 – an unofficial national holiday for sports bettors everywhere.
But this year’s NFL playoffs may be bittersweet for New York sports bettors. The 2021-2022 NFL season hasn’t been particularly friendly to the local favorites, the Jets and Giants. Both squads struggled from the start of the year, beset by injuries and finishing well out of the playoff race and in last place in their respective divisions (AFC East for the Jets; NFC East for the Giants).
Jets and Giants Out – Who Do New York Fans Root for in the NFL Playoffs?
Football fandom runs deep in the Big Apple, and Jets and Giants fans aren’t going to tune out on watching – or wagering – during the NFL playoffs.
Who will fans back with their rooting interests and their money? Many football fans – especially those in the Empire State – have had their fill of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers at this point. Let’s take a look at a few other options for New York sports bettors:
Current Super Bowl odds: +750 at Caesars
New York City-area fans tend to choose between the Jets and Giants, but for much of upstate New York the Bills are the NFL team of choice.
The Bills may be a difficult choice for Jets fans due to their divisional rivalry, but Giants fans know well the underdog story of Buffalo. It started when the Giants defeated the Bills in Super Bowl 25 in 1991, starting a streak of four consecutive Super Bowl losses for the Bills. Buffalo didn’t get close to a return until last season, when they made it to the AFC Championship before falling to Kansas City.
Buffalo enters this year’s playoffs with one of the league’s most explosive offenses. Inconsistency during the season has upped their current Super Bowl odds to an attractive +750.
Current Super Bowl odds: +1800 at Caesars
For those New York fans who can’t get behind the Bills, a similar underdog story is unfolding in Cincinnati, where the Bengals claimed the AFC North title behind an explosive duo of quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Jamarr Chase. The former college teammates have combined to break several franchise records this season.
The Bengals are in search of their first playoff victory in over 30 years. Backing Cincinnati could be potentially lucrative at odds of +1800.
Current Super Bowl odds: +850 at DraftKings
One thing Jets and Giants fans have in common is a love of smashmouth football. No team in 2021-2022 embodies the philosophy like the AFC South champion Titans, who have star running back Derrick Henry ready to return from injury and will enjoy home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Henry racked up 937 rushing yards in only eight games this year and is the type of player who could single-handedly spark a championship run. Like-minded bettors can get +850 odds on Tennessee to win it all.
Current Super Bowl odds: +2500 at DraftKings
If you prefer a wide-open, high-scoring style of play, this is the team for you. Quarterback Kyler Murray pilots one of the NFL’s most exciting offenses for the upstart Cardinals, who will have to prove yet again that their style of play works away from home if they want to advance to Super Bowl 56 (the Cardinals were an NFL-best 8-1 on the road in 2021).
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and QB Murray’s relative inexperience are contributing factors to the Cardinals’ generous odds of +2500.
Kansas City Chiefs
Current Super Bowl odds: +475 at Caesars
The first franchise on our list that has won the Super Bowl in its history, the Kansas City Chiefs are an easy choice for Jets fans who want to see a fellow AFC team take home the big prize.
A battle-tested team with a full cupboard of offensive weapons and an improved defense, the Chiefs are looking for their third consecutive AFC championship and out to prove that last year’s Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers was a fluke. The odds reflect Kansas City’s potential at only +475.
Green Bay Packers
Current Super Bowl odds: +380 at Caesars
The NFC’s answer for the Chiefs, and thus the preferred team of Giants fans hoping to show conference loyalty. Many assumed this would be star quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ last year in Lambeau Field, but a Super Bowl title could cause both sides to reconsider ending the relationship.
Right now, oddsmakers find this a likely outcome, as the Packers have the lowest odds of any team at +380.
New England Patriots
Current Super Bowl odds: +2200 at DraftKings
Just seeing whether you’re still paying attention!
It’s safe to say very few New Yorkers are eager to see another Patriots championship. But, if you’re looking for good value, you can do a lot worse than Bill Belichick’s team at +2200 odds.
Current Super Bowl Odds for All Teams
- Green Bay Packers +380
- Kansas City Chiefs +475
- Buffalo Bills +750
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +800
- Tennessee Titans +850
- Los Angeles Rams +1000
- Dallas Cowboys +1200
- Cincinnati Bengals +1800
- San Francisco 49ers +2000
- New England Patriots +2200
- Arizona Cardinals +2500
- Philadelphia Eagles +6000
- Las Vegas Raiders +6000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +9000
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