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Super Bowl Odds To Bet Now, Bet Later: If You Like Bengals, Don't Wait

If you like the Bengals' run to continue beyond Sunday's miraculous win over the Chiefs, it's time to hammer the 4-point spread before it narrows. Jason Logan has that and a couple other angles to consider in his final Bet Now, Bet Later of the NFL season.

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2022 11:31 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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And then there was one. The NFL season is down to the Grand Finale: Super Bowl LVI.

The Cincinnati Bengals have shocked their way through the AFC side of the bracket, and now catch four points from the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Sunday, with the Rams playing in their own stadium none the less.

Given that we have a two-week buffer between Super Bowl odds opening and kickoff on February 13, planning your wagering war against the books on the biggest gambling game of the year is vital. You will never find a tighter spread and total. 

We help you get the best of the Big Game numbers with our final NFL “Bet Now, Bet Later” of the season.

Super Bowl odds to bet now & bet later

Click on each pick to jump to the full analysis.

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Cincinnati Bengals (+4) vs. Los Angeles Rams: Bet Now

The look-ahead line for this particular Super Bowl matchup was Rams -3.5 before Sunday’s title games, but some books opened as high as L.A. -4.5, which lasted a hot second before ticking down to -4. As it stands, about an hour after opening, the market consensus is Los Angeles as a 4-point favorite but the vig on that line is starting to soften.

If you like the Bengals in the Big Game, you’ll want to grab them now, as this is dipping to +3.5 with the underdog as the early pick. And you definitely want to avoid this spread moving to +3, which would honestly be asking a lot. 

That said, over the past 14 Super Bowl games the team that drew early money has been the right side in 11 of those matchups (with one push). We did see some rare L.A. -3.5 openers, but the market consensus hit the board at -4 (-110) and is now Los Angeles -4 (-105).

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams (-200 ML): Bet Later

Should you not like Joe Burrow and the Bengals but aren’t in love with laying the -4 with L.A., then set your alarms for around 4:30 p.m. ET on February 13. That’s when you’ll likely get a good price on the Rams to win this one outright.

Super Bowl underdogs are always a popular pick with the legions of recreational gamblers coming out of the woodwork to wager on the Big Game, and no bet is more popular than the underdog moneyline. Public players choose to pass on the points and take the dog to win outright, with the promise of the bigger payday fueling that move. Take a deep breath: you can smell the greed.

Right now, Cincinnati is sitting around +170 on the moneyline and with the Bengals getting the nod from the sentimental fans and social media crowd (putting Jackson Mahomes’ goofy ass on ice), this will come down, but not until closer to kickoff. If you’re not afraid to lay a little lumber with Los Angeles, go discount shopping while you wait for your pizza guy to show up in time for kickoff.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams (Over 49.5): Bet Now

After some digging into recent Super Bowl betting patterns, I found that early action usually grabs the Under with the Big Game total – a number perhaps padded to protect for the wave of casual bettors who will wager on a high-scoring game with both fists. That often sees the Over/Under dip in the opening hours of action, then slowly climb until gameday before a late blast of Under money before kickoff.

We’ve seen the early play on the Under knock this total off the opener of 50 points and the look-ahead line for this matchup had a projected O/U of 51.5 points. While both teams slogged through lower-scoring finishes in their respective title games, there’s no denying the firepower on the field.

The Bengals have home run hitters in this passing game and Burrow has quickly become a master of burning the blitz, which is something he will see plenty of from this L.A. pass rush. As for the Rams, they managed just 20 points versus a sound San Francisco defense that knows Sean McVay inside and out but hung 30 and 34 points on their first two postseason foes.

If you like the Over, get it now sub-50… or wait until really late if this number jumps up, with the bulk of the bets coming in on the Friday, Saturday, and Super Sunday. Just don’t bet the Over between now and then.

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