Bills Mafia has been busy this offseason.
Buffalo is the consensus favorite to win the Super Bowl at sportsbooks and has attracted more interest from bettors than any other team by a wide margin.
The Bills have garnered roughly double the betting interest of any other team in the odds to win the Super Bowl at multiple sportsbooks -- both in terms of the number of bets and the amount of money wagered. At DraftKings, nearly one out of every five Super Bowl bets has been on Buffalo. The Bills have attracted 2.5 times more bets than the second-most popular team, the Denver Broncos.
On Jan. 31, Caesars Sportsbook installed the Kansas City Chiefs as the favorites to win Super Bowl LVII at 13-2. The Bills were next at 7-1, but quickly moved past the Chiefs into the role of favorites and now sit at 13-2. There has been three times as much money wagered on the Bills as compared to the Chiefs at Caesars.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with the return of Tom Brady from his 40-day retirement, are the second favorites at most sportsbooks. The Bucs' Super Bowl odds went from 14-1 to 28-1 when Brady retired in early February and have since improved to 15-2 at Caesars upon his return. But even the return of the GOAT is no match for Bills Mafia at the betting windows. Buffalo has attracted three times as many Super Bowl bets as the Buccaneers at DraftKings.
The NFL season kicks off on Sept. 8 with the Bills traveling to face the defending champion Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are one-point favorites. While we count down the days, here is a look at the early betting action on the NFL, starting with five bets that may cause you to pause.
On March 16, a bettor in Nevada placed a $5,000 bet on the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl at 150-1 odds with Caesars Sportsbook. Five days later, the Falcons traded quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts.
On Jan. 31, the day Caesars opened its odds to win Super Bowl LVII, a bettor in New York put $5,000 on the New York Jets to win it all at 200-1 odds.
On May 25, a bettor at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas placed a $5,000 bet on the Detroit Lions to win the Super Bowl at 125-1 odds.
A bettor with DraftKings placed a $501 bet on the Chicago Bears to beat the Chiefs in the Super Bowl at 800-1 odds.
On Feb. 15, not long after Caesars Sportsbook posted opening odds to win next season's regular-season MVP, a bettor in Nevada placed a $1,000 bet on Bears quarterback Justin Fields to win the award at 150-1 odds.
Most bets to win the Super Bowl
Current odds via Caesars Sportsbook
Fewest bets to win the Super Bowl
Least amount of money bet to win the Super Bowl
Houston Texans 250-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 250-1
Carolina Panthers 100-1
Season-win total action
Betting support for the Eagles has been showing up at sportsbook PointsBet, where Philadelphia's season-win total has grown from 8.5 to 9.5. At 8.5, 98% of the bets and 99% of the money wagered was on the over, including eight four-figure bets. The over action on the Eagles hasn't slowed since PointsBet bumped up the number a full win to 9.5: 92% of the bets and 90% of the money wagered are on over 9.5.
More money has bet on over 9.5 on the Eagles' win total than has bet on any other team in FanDuel's win market. The over on the Jets has attracted the second-action.
Most popular season-win total by number of wagers (via DraftKings)
Most popular season-win total by amount wagered
One of the most popular season-win total bets at the SuperBook has been 49ers under 10 (+110). "A team that's had a confusing offseason in a lot of ways," John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook, said. "Are they really going to go to Trey Lance, when they were one quarter away from the Super Bowl with [Jimmy] Garoppolo last season?"
More notable futures:
$25,000 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC at 7-2. (SuperBook) "We're pretty big losers to the Buccaneers," Murray said. "They just keep betting the Buccaneers."
$10,000 on the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl at 15-2. (PointsBet)
$2,500 on Eagles to win the NFC at 11-1. (DraftKings)
$1,000 on the Saints to win the Super Bowl at 50-1. (PointsBet)
$1,000 on Eagles QB Jalen Hurts to win MVP at 18-1. (DraftKings)
Odds and ends
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance, at 40-1, represents WynnBET's largest liability in the sportsbook's odds to win regular-season MVP market.
The Texans have attracted more bets to win the Super Bowl than the Seahawks, Panthers and Falcons at DraftKings.
The Seahawks have the same Super Bowl odds (125-1) as the Jaguars at Caesars Sportsbook.
The Eagles' odds to win the NFC East have shortened from +350 to +190 at the SuperBook. "That's been a sharp bet," Murray said. "It looks like we definitely opened that too high."
More money has been bet on the Saints in their Week 1 game against the Falcons than has been on any other team in the opening week schedule at DraftKings.