There are a million ways to gamble on the Super Bowl. Well, maybe not a million, but there are thousands upon thousands. Today, DBB is keeping it simple with these three options to get rich quick. (As always, lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.) These are not expected results. These are logical results, with solid odds.
Ja’Marr Chase Under 5.5 Receptions (+120)
Chase is one of the best receivers in the league but in his last eight games he’s only eclipsed five catches in half of them. (And when he does, he essentially wrecks the game.) It would be hard to see the Rams not sitting Jalen Ramsey on him for the duration and forcing the combination of Higgins and Boyd to beat them. If so, it’s easy to see Chase with a 4-70-1 stat line.
Joe Burrow Over 10.5 Rushing Yards (-120)
For all of you who believe offensive lines are the key to playing offense, I urge you to watch something else Sunday. Because the Bengals are in the Super Bowl, and they might have one of the three worst offensive lines in the league.
Burrow is going to be under pressure, constantly. He’s also one of the sport’s true gamers. With a championship on the line, Burrow is going to get every yard possible with his legs. Wouldn’t be surprised if he approaches this number in the first quarter.
Cooper Kupp to Score a TD & Rams Win (+105)
If you think the Rams are going to win Sunday – and I do – the only way to bet that is by parlaying the money line with an in-game prop. Cooper Kupp scoring a touchdown seems a pretty reliable prop, doesn’t it?
Kupp was every bit the MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor was, while receiving little of the press. (It’s a Colts thing.) Without him, this team isn’t even flirting with a Super Bowl. Don’t be surprised if he’s the MVP of the game,
Two things to note before proceeding here.
(1) This analysis is based on film from one game – the Bengals opener with the Vikings. There is no way to know if the approach and tendencies displayed in that game are prescriptive for the entire season or matchup-specific. It is probably best to assume a bit of both.
(2) This column is not a fantasia. This is not “How the Bears Beat the Bengals if the Bears Had a Different Roster”. The Bears can’t cover the Bengals outside. Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are – with Tampa, Dallas and Pittsburgh – among the best wide receiver groups in the sport and the Bears have one corner.
This game is a relative toss-up, but the Bengals have a slight advantage.
What Must the Bears Do on Offense:
What Must the Bears Do on Defense:
Justin Fields should be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Not because of anything Andy Dalton did Sunday night. Dalton was Dalton. He dinked. He dunked. He took no chances. He made several mistakes.
No, Justin Fields should start Sunday because the Bears must look at what transpired in Los Angeles and recognize where they are as a franchise. They’re a bad team. They don’t have top-tier weapons on offense. They don’t have a professional secondary. They don’t have an elite coaching staff. The ceiling for this group is mediocre and the more likely outcome is bottom third of the league.
The focus of this organization must shift from the futile endeavor winning games in 2021 to doing everything possible to get Fields ready for 2022. Every day that shift is delayed is wasted time.
Is this difficult for a franchise to do? Yes. Teams delude themselves to sleep each night with visions of the Lombardi Trophy dancing in their brains. But is it necessary for the Bears to do? Absolutely.
Is this real life?
The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball, scored 30 points for the first time in over two years, and generally rolled over the dormant Cincinnati Bengals.
I know Cincinnati is bad and banged up, but so are the Bears, and this was a lot of fun. More importantly, this as led largely by young players for the Bears, which bodes well for the future. Let’s take a look at what happened.
Made some overreacting mistakes to the first week of the season, especially in the Rams/Redskins game. Still can’t believe the Rams team that played the Redskins Sunday was the same that beat Seattle to open the year. Lines can be found here.
Here’s the logic: I don’t believe the Ravens are an 0-3 team. And I think they (much like the Seahawks) will be refreshed by playing their first home game and deliver a big effort. Ravens 30, Bengals 24.
The Bears are going to have trouble scoring points with Jimmy Clausen starting at quarterback but I don’t think that means they’ll be shutout by a defense that has struggled mightily coming out of the 2015 gates. And the Seahawks would be disappointed finishing this game with less than 28 points. I say the game goes over. Seahawks 31, Bears 20
I have been unabashed in my hatred of the way Colts GM Ryan Grigson has built this roster around Andrew Luck. In lieu of offensive linemen or defenders, Grigson has stockpiled aged skill players the team doesn’t need. Luck will probably throw another pick or two and Marcus Mariota should be able to gauge the Colts for large chunks of yardage on the ground. Colts 34, Titans 30.
Season Record: 2-3-1 (-$140)
Doesn’t seem like any news will be breaking on the GM/head coach front over the next 48 hours but if it does I will be on top of it. In the meantime, as always, follow DBB on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.
All point spreads provided below were listed on BETUS.com as of Wednesday afternoon.
Line: Indianapolis -2.5
Analysis: I’m going with a three-pronged approach to this.
Final Score: Indianapolis 30, Kansas City 23