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The second week of the NFL preseason begins off tonight, meaning we’re another slate of games closer to the 2021-22 regular season. Since William Hill Nevada posted Super Bowl 56 futures on January 24, there’s been plenty of movement, a multitude of notable bets and even a new favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
So with just three weeks to go before the Cowboys and Buccaneers kick off the upcoming campaign, let’s look at the latest Super Bowl 56 developments at William Hill.
The defending Super Bowl champions also emerged as the new team atop the board earlier this offseason. After opening tied for the third-lowest odds at 10/1 with the Bills, the Buccaneers now lead the way at +450. Tampa Bay shared the top spot with the original Super Bowl 56 favorite Chiefs on May 25, joining them at +500. The Buccaneers then surpassed them June 29 when their odds were decreased to +450, their current price.
The Chiefs are still just behind at +500, followed by the Rams at 10/1. Then the Bills and Packers are each at 11/1, followed by two more at 12/1: the 49ers and Browns. The Ravens are next at 15/1, with the Cowboys and Patriots also in range at 20/1.
The biggest mover of the above group has been New England, who opened at 50/1. That original price was the 22nd-lowest on the board, which was behind teams such as the Bears (currently 60/1) and Eagles (currently 75/1) at the time. New England’s last adjustment came on June 4, after one Nevada bettor laid $10,000 on Patriots 30/1 for a total potential payout of $310,000, prompting an odds switch of 30/1 to 20/1.
Conversely, teams who have seen their Super Bowl odds rise from when they were first released include the Packers (+850 to 11/1), Seahawks (12/1 to 25/1), Steelers (18/1 to 35/1) and Texans (100/1 to 200/1).
But which squads have drawn the most action from William Hill bettors over the past seven months?
For total dollars wagered, it’s the two recent Super Bowl participants that are battling it out for the top showing here. The Chiefs have notched 12% of the total dollars wagered, just edging out the Buccaneers at 11%. The biggest wager on either of those two contenders was a Nevada bettor placing $8,000 on Chiefs +500 for a total potential payout of $48,000.
The 49ers rank third in this category at 9%, with the Browns (8%) and Bills (6%) rounding out the top 5. Buffalo has actually attracted the largest Super Bowl 56 wager thus far at William Hill, as another Nevada bettor staked $17,000 on Bills 11/1 for a total potential payout of $204,000.
San Francisco is the leader for total number of tickets at 8%. The 49ers are slightly ahead of the Chiefs, Browns and Buccaneers, who are all at 7%. The Bills are fifth in this category too, grabbing 6% of the total number of tickets.
There’s been an uptick in 49ers wagering since the NFL preseason began on August 5. San Francisco leads in total number of tickets at 9% from that date on. The 49ers are also second in total dollars wagered over that span at 11%, trailing the Chiefs at 12%.
With the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay throughout a good chunk of the offseason, the Packers were outside of the top 5 overall in total number of tickets (5%) and total dollars wagered (5%). Since the start of the preseason, though, they’re second in total number of tickets at 8% and third in total dollars wagered at 10%.
Check out William Hill’s latest trends for Super Bowl 56 futures below.