The NFL season is almost upon us, which means it is time to start thinking about who you want to bet on to win the Super Bowl. However, with training camp and preseason games still to come, it can be kind of hard to pick one team to back over all others. There are just too many variables.
So, what if you did not have to choose just one? What if you could place one wager that would include multiple teams?
At a couple of sportsbooks (BetMGM and DraftKings), you can do just that. If you want, you can choose a single team to bet on to win the Super Bowl LVI, of course. But both sportsbooks also give you the option of betting on which state the Super Bowl LVI winner will come from:
|Home State Of Super Bowl LVI Winner||DraftKings||BetMGM|
|Any Other State||+110||-105|
Previewing Super Bowl Odds By State
It is an opportunity to show support for multiple teams, but not every state has teams with a legitimate shot. But there are a few that do. The obvious question, of course, is whether there is a single state with more than one contender—which would make that state a good bet.
Texas certainly is not. While the Dallas Cowboys are considered contenders, the Houston Texans have the longest odds at most sportsbooks. However, depending on which sportsbook you look at, it may be worth taking Texas overtaking the Cowboys.
However, it is hard to find a reason to bet on New York/ New Jersey. While three teams are included, the New York Jets, New York Giants, and Buffalo Bills, the only one with a legitimate shot at winning it all this season is Buffalo.
If you think the Jets or Giants can win the Big Game this year, you stand to win more by making three separate bets than making the one.
A similar situation applies to Ohio and Pennsylvania. While the Cleveland Browns are considered contenders (+1600), the odds on the Cincinnati Bengals are long (+15000). In Pennsylvania, neither the Steelers (+4000) or Eagles (+10000) are considered contenders.
That leaves California, Florida, and Maryland.
The San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Chargers are all considered contenders this season; the Chargers are more of a dark horse contender. It was only a couple of years ago that the 49ers were in the Super Bowl. If injuries had not decimated their roster, they might have made it back last year.
It has not been too long since the Rams were in the Big Game, too. Of course, they look a little different, having moved on from Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. The running game has recovered from losing Gurley, and the passing game stands to be better with Matthew Stafford behind center. Factor in one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the Rams are legit.
As for the Chargers, it all depends on the maturation of second-year quarterback Justin Herbert. Their defense, when healthy, is up to the task. But it is hard to say that with certainty about the offense until the season gets underway.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers alone make the state of Florida a good bet. With their entire starting units on both sides of the ball coming back, the Buccaneers will be in the mix (as long as Tom Brady remains healthy).
It is a lot harder to make a case for the Jacksonville Jaguars, though. They have some intriguing young talent on the roster and a new head coach in former college great Urban Meyer. But there is no telling whether Meyer can get the job done at the NFL level.
Miami, however, has a shot as a dark horse contender. When Tua Tagovailoa was ‘on’ last season, he looked like a quarterback that could take his team far. The problem, however, was that he was not always ‘on.’ Rookie struggles are nothing new, but along those lines, so is the sophomore slump.
If Tagovailoa can become more consistent, the Dolphins are legitimate dark-horse contenders. But that may be a big if.
Washington has one of the best defenses in the NFL. If we look back at some of the Super Bowl winners in this millennium, a strong defense has been enough to make a few teams Super Bowl champs (Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV; Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII).
With a strong enough defense, the offense just needs to be decent. Ryan Fitzpatrick is good enough to make the Washington offense respectable. So, the question then is just how dominant can the defense be.
Super Bowl Betting Recommendation
While it is an intriguing notion, betting on the state the winner will come from, there is not a single state worth betting on. California appears to be the best among the group. But when you consider the odds on the Chargers, 49ers, and Rams, you are better off making three separate bets.
But it may be worth putting some money down on Maryland. A $100 bet on Maryland would get you $1100 at BetMGM. But if you put down $75 on the Ravens, you stand to win $1125. A $25 ‘just-in-case bet on Washington would win you $1025 (on the off-chance, Washington wins it all).
However, it would not be a terrible idea to take ‘Any Other State’ at +110. Yes, betting on single teams would get you a much bigger payout. But that bet includes several good teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts.