Rams, Bengals trail favourites on Super Bowl LVII opening odds

Patrick Everson joins Follow the Money to discuss how it was a dream night for the books with the Los Angeles Rams winning and the Cincinnati Bengals covering and how things could've drastically changed if the Bengals sent things to overtime.

Fresh off their 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night in Super Bowl 56, the Los Angeles Rams have opened just off the pace on the odds to win Super Bowl 57 as a +900 wager at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Led by veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Rams enjoyed a resurgence in 2021. In addition to finishing atop the NFC West standings with a 12-5 record, the Rams ended a two-decade championship drought with their Super Bowl 56 victory. However, the odds of Los Angeles repeating as champions in next year's Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona are tempered by uncertainty. Star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is rumoured to be considering retirement, while receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is set to become a free agent this offseason.

The Bengals closely trail the Rams at +1000 on the Super Bowl 57 odds. Powered by the dynamic duo of Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, the Bengals went from worst to first in the AFC North this past season on their way to their first Super Bowl appearance in 32 years. Cincinnati, though, faces a challenge to improve on a porous offensive line that allowed Burrow to be sacked 19 times in four playoff contests, including seven sacks on Sunday night.

A pair of AFC powerhouses lead the way on the Super Bowl 57 futures, with the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs deadlocked as +700 co-favourites. The Chiefs marched to a sixth straight AFC West title in 2021, and enjoy the most big game experience among the frontrunners on the early Super Bowl 57 odds. The Chiefs have advanced at least as far as the AFC Championship Game in each of the past four years, and claimed their first championship win in 50 years at Super Bowl 54.

The Bills are also coming off an impressive 2021 NFL campaign in which they finished atop the AFC East for a second straight year. After years of playing second fiddle to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the Bills have returned to the ranks of the NFL's elite. However, Buffalo faces the challenge of overcoming a woeful playoff history that includes losses in four all-time Super Bowl appearances.

Further down the Super Bowl 57 opening odds, the San Francisco 49ers sit at +1400. The Green Bay Packers follow at +1500 on those odds, just ahead of the Dallas Cowboys at +1600, while the Arizona Cardinals sport +2500 odds of becoming the third straight team to win a Super Bowl title in front of hometown fans.

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