The NFL reigns supreme as a major sporting power in North America. From the season’s opening kickoff to the confetti showering down over the Super Bowl champions, football is king.
Between September 2018 and February 2019, football accounted for 34% of the total NJ sports betting handle. Overall, since the industry launched in June 2018, football holds better than a 20% share of money wagered — while only being in action in six of the 12 months.
But the Super Bowl traditionally draws the most betting action.
And with football’s popularity and the heavy traffic caused by the Super Bowl, the 2020 game should certainly set state industry records.
Scheduled for Feb. 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Super Bowl 2020 will be the Big Game between the AFC and NFC champions.
Last season, the New England Patriots faced off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53.
To prepare for the Big Game, here is your Super Bowl LIV betting guide.
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Where to bet on the 2020 Super Bowl in NJ
Options abound for bettors in New Jersey.
Take a trip to any of the 10 retail sportsbooks or tap into one of the 14 online apps available to the public. There is no shortage of betting avenues, to be sure. Here’s a look at what’s available:
NJ online sports betting sites
|Online Sportsbook||Land-based Affiliate||iOS/Android app?||Bonus Offer||Promo Code|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Resorts AC||Yes/Yes||$25 in free bets||Click here|
|BetStars NJ||Resorts AC||Yes/Yes||$500 risk-free bet||Click here|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Meadowlands||Yes/Yes||$500 match bet||Click here|
|William Hill NJ||Monmouth Park/Ocean Resort/Tropicana AC||Yes/Yes||$50 free bet||PLAYNJ50|
|PointsBet NJ||Meadowlands||Yes/Yes||2 x up to $500 free bets||Click here|
|SugarHouse NJ||Monmouth Park||Yes/Yes||100% up to $250||PLAY250|
|Caesars Sportsbook NJ||Caesars AC||Yes/Yes||$10 free||BETFREE10|
|Resorts Sportsbook||Resorts AC||Yes/Yes||Up to $250 match bet||MAXBONUS|
|888 Sport||Caesars AC||Yes/Yes||$10 free||Click here|
|PlayMGM Sport||Borgata AC||Yes/Yes||$25 free||None available|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||Golden Nugget||Yes/Yes||Up to $50 risk-free bet||Click here|
|Hard Rock Sports||Hard Rock AC||Yes/Yes||$100 free bet||None available|
|BetAmerica||Golden Nugget||Yes/Yes||100% up to $500||None available|
|Borgata Sports||Borgata AC||Yes/Yes||Up to $250 risk-free bet||None available|
|Unibet Sportsbook||Hard Rock AC||Yes/Yes||$20 free + up to $250 risk free bet||UNIBET25, UNIBET200|
|Bet365||Hard Rock AC||Yes/Yes||Up to $100 match bet||NA|
NJ retail sportsbooks
|Property||Sportsbook||Sports betting partner|
|Borgata||Moneyline Bar & Book||IGT|
|Resorts AC||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts||DraftKings/Kambi; SBTech|
|Ocean Resort Casino||William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort||William Hill|
|Monmouth Park||Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill||William Hill|
|Meadowlands Racetrack||FanDuel Sportsbook||Betfair/FanDuel/IGT|
|Harrah's||The Book||Scientific Games|
|Hard Rock AC||Hard Rock Sportsbook||GiG|
|Golden Nugget||The Sportsbook||SBTech|
|Bally's||The Book||Scientific Games|
|Tropicana AC||William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana||William Hill|
Online vs. retail betting
Legal sports betting in New Jersey enjoyed its first anniversary in June 2019. Yet it is online wagering, which went live two months after the industry began, that has become the cornerstone of the industry.
Since DraftKings Sportsbook became the state’s first betting app in August 2018, online wagering in New Jersey has resulted in $2.16 billion in handle through the first 11 months. As a whole, the state’s industry totaled $2.9 billion in accepted wagers during that same time.
Over the first five months of 2019, online betting has accounted for better than 80% of overall handle.
Bettors continue to show preference toward online wagering. Which is why a few more betting apps should hit the market ahead of the 2019 football season.
When is the 2020 Super Bowl?
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it packs the most sporting punch thanks to the Super Bowl.
The 2020 edition of the Big Game takes place Feb. 2, staged in Miami for a record 11th time in the Super Bowl era. The Dolphins will lend out their Hard Rock Stadium for Super Bowl LIV.
How to watch the Super Bowl
Next season’s Super Bowl returns to Fox for game coverage. Game time will be determined at a later date.
Super Bowl 2020 current odds
It’s never too early to take a look at NFL betting for the next season. Especially when it comes to futures betting.
Below are the top 10 teams with the best odds at lifting the Lombardi Trophy at year’s end, according to data from some of New Jersey’s top online sports betting apps.
Next to each team is the listed price, which tells bettors how much they could win if their selected teams claim the Super Bowl. A +600 listing for the Patriots, for example, nets a $600 payday for a $100 bet.
|NFL Team||DraftKings||BetStars||FanDuel||William Hill||PointsBet||Caesars|
|New England Patriots||+700||+750||+700||+650||+700||+600|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+850||+850||+800||+600||+800||+750|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1000||+1000||+950||+800||+1000||+1000|
|New Orleans Saints||+1100||+900||+900||+1000||+900||+1000|
|Green Bay Packers||+2000||+2000||+1900||+1400||+1800||+1400|
NFL Championship: predictions and betting picks
Few (if any?) seasons lived up to the drama and tension of the playoffs leading up to the 2019 Super Bowl.
The NFC Championship, between the Rams and New Orleans Saints, goes to overtime. An interception by LA less than a minute into the extra session. Greg Zuerlein, “The Leg,” drills his fourth field goal of the game, a 57-yard blast that not only set the record for longest made field goal in NFL postseason history but also sends the Rams to the Super Bowl.
Later that day, the AFC Championship … goes to overtime … after the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs changed leads four times in the last eight minutes. Tom Brady wastes little time for the Pats, who receive the OT kick and find the end zone five minutes later to put away KC and head to the Big Game for a record 11th time — and ninth with Brady at QB.
With little changes among these final four teams, naturally, bookmakers in New Jersey have pegged them as the front-runners to make deep playoff runs once again.
It’s difficult to ever bet against Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in league history, and New England coach Bill Belichick, the architect of a dynasty. Of course, the Pats will have to deal with the Chiefs.
Kansas City, led by incumbent MVP QB Patrick Mahomes, lit it up in 2019, finishing with the second-most points in a season in NFL history.
And in the NFC, QB Drew Brees and the Saints hold the third-best odds at most sportsbooks, while RB Todd Gurley II and the LA Rams have also appeared as high as third at others.
Like the Pats and Chiefs, the Saints and Rams feature electric offenses (both averaging over 31 points per game to ranks in the top three).
Maybe a strong defense, a la the Seattle Seahawks of yore, will emerge and shake things up this season. After all, of the final four teams in the playoffs last year, the Saints featured the best overall defense — which ranked 14th in the league and allowed only 350 yards per game.
NFL Playoffs format
The four division champs from both the AFC and NFC earn automatic berths to the postseason. The remaining two spots on each side of the bracket consist of Wild Card teams that finished with the best remaining records.
The top two seeds in the AFC and NFC received first-round byes, while the others will duke it out during the Jan. 4-5 weekend.
Winners from these games advance to the Division Round, scheduled for Jan. 11-12.
A week later, on Jan. 19, the AFC and NFC championships will take place to determine which two teams will advance to Super Bowl 2020.
Types of bets for 2020 Super Bowl betting
Finding your desired event at your go-to sportsbook is one thing. The fun certainly does not end there. A number of common Super Bowl and football wager types can be found at all of New Jersey’s books.
Easily the most commonly found type of bet, and no doubt the format most familiar to the public.
Simply put, sportsbooks list their predictions about not only who will win a certain event but also by how much.
For example, the Chicago Bears could be favored by 3.5 points over the Green Bay Packers (listed as “-3.5” at books). Bettors can choose to wager on the Bears, which says they believe Chicago can win by 4 or more points. Or, they can back the Pack, saying they believe Green Bay can either lose by 3 or fewer points or win outright.
Another very common wager type, the moneyline is often used by media to show how much a team is favored or how big of an underdog it might be.
There is no beating or covering the spread on the moneyline. It’s all about who wins. A three-digit number next to both teams denotes the moneyline. Numbers with a minus sign indicates a favored team, while a plus sign shows the underdog.
So, the Bears, at -150, would be favored, while the Packers, at +150 would be the underdog. A negative number tells bettors how much they would need to wager in order to make $100, and a positive number tells them how much they win on a $100 bet.
Bet $150 on the Bears to make $100; bet $100 on Green Bay to make $150.
If simplicity is desired, totals (also called “over/unders”) is the way to go.
Before games, sportsbooks will determine how many points, for example, both teams will score in a specific game. Bettors can wager on the under or the over. Easy peasy.
This is the long-term game for bettors.
Any time during the year — late in the season, early in the season, before the season, just after the previous season ends — bettors can find futures odds on which teams will win the next league championship or who will claim the league MVP.
These markets are provided in straight odds, typically, and definitely keep bettors’ attention during the season.
You ever hear about the odds of the opening coin flip landing heads or tails? Or what color Gatorade will be poured over the coach of the winning championship team?
These are proposition or “prop” bets. And they are overwhelmingly popular during the Super Bowl.
Instead of a wager that is tied to game outcomes, props allow bettors to expand the betting options within a game.
Instead of making one wager, bettors may lay down money on multiple games. And in order to maximize their winnings, bettors combine their games in a parlay.
Point spreads, moneylines, and totals could all be involved in a parlay, each of which is called a “leg.” The potential payout for a winning parlay depends on how many legs exist.
To hit on a parlay, each and every leg must be a winner. Have a nine-leg parlay? Better go 9-0. Because 8-1 is a loss.
Previous Super Bowl winners and losers
Indeed, the road to Super Bowl history is littered with Cinderella stories and dominant dynasties.
From David Tyree and the New York Giants somehow upending the undefeated Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl all the way back to the 1972 Dolphins actually completing the league’s only unbeaten year with a title.
So many stories, so many great and not-so-great moments exist. (Sorry, Buffalo Bills, losers of four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s.)
The Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most league championships (six apiece), while the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have each claimed five.
On the flip side, eight teams have reached the final game at least once and have come away empty-handed (sorry Bills… and Vikings, who are also 0-4).
Interestingly, Buffalo and Minnesota haven’t even lost the most Super Bowls. That title, with five losses, is shared by the Denver Broncos… and the Patriots.
|Super Bowl LIII||Feb. 3, 2019||Atlanta||New England 13, LA Rams 3|
|Super Bowl LII||Feb. 4, 2018||Minneapolis||Philadelphia 41, New England 33|
|Super Bowl LI||Feb. 5, 2017||Houston||New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT)|
|Super Bowl 50||Feb. 7, 2016||Santa Clara, Calif.||Denver 24, Carolina 10|
|Super Bowl XLIX||Feb. 1, 2015||Glendale, Ariz.||New England 28, Seattle 24|
|Super Bowl XLVIII||Feb. 2, 2014||East Rutherford, NJ||Seattle 43, Denver 8|
|Super Bowl XLVII||Feb. 3, 2013||New Orleans||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31|
|Super Bowl XLVI||Feb. 5, 2012||Indianapolis||NY Giants 21, New England 17|
|Super Bowl XLV||Feb. 6, 2011||Arlington, Tex.||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25|
|Super Bowl XLIV||Feb. 7, 2010||Miami||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17|
Super Bowl betting FAQ
Feb. 2, 2020
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
Fox will air the game on Feb. 2. The time is TBD.
The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3.
Yes. The state has 10 retail sportsbooks throughout the state, and anyone ages 21 and older and within state lines can use any of the 14 online betting apps available.
The postseason kicks off with the Wild Card round, which is scheduled for Jan. 4-5, 2020.
Super Bowl 53 in 2019 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams had a grand total of 16 points scored. The previous Super Bowl record was set in 1973 when the Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins, 14-7.
Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 still holds the record for the highest score. The San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams scored 75 points total. The 49ers defeated the Rams, 49–26.
Legal bets on Super Bowl 2020 could reach up to a half billion now that more states are opening up sportsbooks.
For the 2019 Super Bowl, bettors wagered $34.9 million in NJ. (Sportsbooks lost $4.5 million in that game.) That handle reflected less than 11% of that month’s total handle in New Jersey. For perspective, Nevada’s Super Bowl handle of $146 million stood at nearly 32% of that month’s wagers.