By Bill Speros | | 4 mins
Rams Super Bowl Odds Surge; Join Bucs, Bills, Chiefs At Top
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The Super Bowl 56 betting puzzle became more jumbled in Week 3.
The biggest move was triggered when the Los Angeles Rams (-1) beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-24 Sunday. It marked the first time in 300 days Tom Brady and the Bucs were defeated after having won 10 straight games, including Super Bowl 55.
The outcome, surprisingly, not only moved the Rams into the top-four tier of Super Bowl 56 betting contenders, it left the Bucs atop the NFL championship odds board at one site after being No. 2 to the Kansas City Chiefs for six months.
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Super Bowl futures bettors at DraftKings now have the Bucs as favorites to repeat as champions at +550. The Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5) fell to 1-2 after a 30-24 loss at home to the LA Chargers. Kansas City is now +650 at the same site after being as high as +450 in the preseason.
The Chiefs remain the top pick at +600 at PointsBet, while the Bucs are +650 at that sportsbook app.
The NFL odds for the Rams to win Super Bowl 56 bounced from +1200 at DraftKings and +1100 at PointsBet to +800 at both sites. The Rams are 3-0 overall but face tough outs in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals, also unbeaten at 3-0, and the 49ers (2-1). The other undefeated teams in the league are Carolina, Denver and Las Vegas.
Odds To Win Super Bowl 56
|Team||Week 3||Week 4||Trend|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+550||+550||-|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+500||+650||↓|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1100||+800||↑|
|Green Bay Packers||+1400||+1400||-|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5000||+4500||↑|
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The Rams mortgaged their future to lure Stafford from Detroit in the offseason, making him the key part of a deal alongside two first-round picks for Jared Goff. The Rams currently do not have a first-round pick until 2024. The gamble paid off handsomely on Sunday in a victory that gives the Rams an inside track to home field in the NFC. The Super Bowl will be played at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13.
Sean McVay held Brady and the Patriots to just 13 points in Super Bowl 53, but that wasn’t enough and the offense led by Goff (who was given gargantuan contract extension) was never going to produce an NFL champion.
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Before the season, the win total on the Rams at sportsbooks and betting sites was 10.5. The over was +120 at FanDuel and the under was -135 at DraftKings. Stafford’s passing TD total was 28.5 (-115 at DraftKings) and his passing total stood at 4,550.5 yards at FanDuel and 4,595.5 yards at DraftKings.
Through three games, Stafford has 942 yards passing and 9 TDs, putting him on a path to finish with 5,338 yards and 51 TD passes.
Stafford and the Rams face undefeated and NFC West co-leader Arizona at SoFi on Sunday. LA then faces a crucial NFC West road test at Seattle in Week 5 on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Some undefeated teams – such as the Broncos – have taken advantage of a soft start schedule-wise. Denver’s 2021 opponents are a combined 0-9. The Panthers still have two games each in the NFC South against the Bucs and Saints – both of those teams are 2-1.