Futures betting are one of the most lucrative angles in sports wagering. Just ask anyone who backed Leicester City to claim the 2015-16 Premier League Championship with +5000 ML odds. Offered on a variety of events, we won’t forget the 2016 US Presidential election; the most popular form of this unique wagering option is pro sports championships. When it comes to title betting action - NFL futures lead the parade.
Super Bowl Futures 2018
From regular season Division titles to Conference and Super Bowl Champions, as well as a whole lot more in between, opportunities to place NFL futures bets are never in short supply. Add in team win totals that are offered in the preseason, plus individual wagers like NFL Most Valuable Player or NFL Rookie of the Year, and it’s easy to see why forecasting National Football League futures is such a popular choice. With the historic Super Bowl LI now complete, here are the opening futures odds for Super Bowl LII that will play out on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Splitting the 450 unit profit earned from our Week 19 Patriots futures pick below, we are backing the NFC Dallas Cowboys (+900) and AFC Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000) on these early money lines.
Super Bowl LI Future Odds
One of the first options to ever be offered, for decades now, Super Bowl futures remain as one of the most profitable forms of crystal ball wagering. Posted shortly after each Championship Sunday match ends, futures prices on the Super Bowl are a fixture on betting boards all through the year.
NFL Super Bowl LI Futures Odds Final Thoughts February 6, 2017
NFL Week 20 Super Bowl LI Odds Update: January 23, 2017
Hearty congrats to AFC Champion New England and NFC Champion Atlanta. After they pummelled the Pittsburgh Steelers (36-17) and Green Bay Packers (44-21) the Patriots and Falcons will meet in Super Bowl LI at 6:30 PM ET on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Super Bowl LI futures odds are now the money line prices for the NFL Championship and New England is consensus chalk at all of our top ranked bookmakers. Though not as extreme, the UK and Canadian sportsbooks differ in prices again this week. Falcons fans get better value on Matt Ryan & Crew at Bet365 and William Hill while Patriots punters will pay less to back Tom Brady & Co. at Bodog and SportsInteraction. The same is true with the point spread line which is -/+ 3.0 on all boards. NEP players will pay less juice at the UK books while aligning with ATL will cost bettors less vigorish at the Canuck websites.
Proving handicapping can be a tough gig – we got our lights punched out on Championship Sunday. Our 2017 playoff record fell to 7-3 as we came up empty on both games. Believing the Packers and Steelers would both keep their contests close was our undoing. Being as it is part of the game, prognosticators need to take the good and the bad with equal satisfaction and disappointment levels. It can be a tough lesson to learn due to the mind (heart) feeling the pain of losses much more that the wins provide satisfaction. One of our best betting tips is don’t get too high from wins or too low from losses. Just like the bookmakers – try to stay as close to middle as you can. We’ll be back with betting picks and advice on the hundreds of Super LI standard, prop and exotic wagering options regularly leading up the Super Bowl Sunday battle. Also, stay tuned for our 2017 Major League Baseball futures betting series.
NFL Week 19 Super Bowl Odds Update: January 16, 2017
Welcome to the Final Four Everyone! Following 256 NFL regular season contests, plus eight postseason battles, four teams remain in contention to claim the Vince Lombardi Trophy. We have posted the final set of Super Bowl LI futures prices and, not surprising, New England is still riding high atop the betting boards at all of our top rated online sportsbooks. The other three rankings have been given a good shake though as Atlanta has surged to second chalk while Green Bay and Pittsburgh round out the Final Four. Placed following Week 16 NFL action, we lost our Dallas Super Bowl futures wager when they fell 34-21 to Green Bay.
Our original 200-unit wager was more than covered when we backed the Packers to win their Divisional Weekend playoff clash with the Cowboys. If the Patriots win Super Bowl LI, our New England wager will earn us a 600-unit return. While we are still confident that Tom Brady & Crew will represent the AFC on Super Bowl Sunday – we are going to add a hedge. With the Pittsburgh SB LI Bet365 price posted at (+450) a 1.5 unit wager on the Steelers means our AFC Super Bowl futures bet will return 450 units if the Pats are Champs and 375 units if the Steelers take the title. That may still leave us a little wiggle room for a final hedge if we choose to make one on the 2017 NFL Championship fight on February 5, 2017.
NFL Week 18 Super Bowl Odds Update: January 9, 2017
NFL 2017 Wild Card Weekend is now in the history books and the kiddie table has been put away for another year. That leaves us with eight big boys gathered around the Super Bowl LI table. A complete reversal from a year ago, when all four visitors won the Wild Card contests, the four home teams were unruly hosts as they all crushed their visitors. With the Divisional Round competitors now in place, New England is still top chalk as the Patriots price continues to shrink on betting boards at all of our top ranked online sportsbooks. The most notable line movement was at SportsInteraction as their bookmakers inflated the Dallas Cowboys price from +350 to +550 heading into the second round of the 2017 NFL postseason action.
NFL Week 17 Super Bowl Odds Update: January 2, 2017
Another NFL season has flown by like a blink of an eye. Following a gruelling seventeen-week schedule, twelve teams remain in the Super Bowl LI chase that’s scheduled to play out at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5, 2017. Being as there weren’t any Week 17 miracles, long shots like Washington and Tampa Bay were eliminated, there wasn’t a lot of movement on futures boards at the Canada Sports Betting top rated sportsbooks. New England and Dallas remain as top chalk while Houston, Detroit, Miami and injury-ravaged Oakland are all huge underdogs. Of the mid-level favorites at Bodog, Seattle dropped the furthest while Atlanta and Green Bay both had their prices shaved slightly. We still like our futures wager below as either or both the Patriots and Cowboys should be in the title hunt on Super Bowl Sunday.
NFL Week 16 Super Bowl Odds Update: December 27, 2016
Though still not crystal clear, the 2017 Super Bowl playoff picture is slightly sharper following NFL Week 16 action. The six AFC Championship contenders have now been determined but Pittsburgh and Houston are the only teams locked into their seeding. Things are muddier in the NFC Championship race as four squads have a shot at two playoff spots and only Dallas and New York are locked into position. It is also clear that online bookmakers are gearing up for a Patriots versus Cowboys Super Bowl LI clash. If you like either squad – the best time to back them is now as their prices are bound to lose some value once the regular season ends.
That is especially true with New England, as they will earn home field advantage in the AFC with a Week 17 win over Miami or an Oakland loss in Denver. We are placing three units on New England (+200 at SportsInteraction) and two units on Dallas (+350 ML at William Hill) meaning we earn 400 units if the Patriots win their fifth NFL Championship and 400 units if the Cowboys claim their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy. Wagering on the two favorites at this point also bodes well for “hedgers” as they will receive underdog odds on the Pats or ‘Boys opponent if either team plays on Super Bowl Sunday. The pups have been tagged with an average +170 money line price (from -110 to +350) during the last ten NFL title game tilts.
NFL Week 15 Super Bowl Odds Update: December 20, 2016
Congratulations to Dallas, Seattle, New England and Oakland as they are the first four teams with tickets to the 2017 NFL playoff party. That leaves eight spots up for grabs and 22 squads still have shot at earning a postseason berth. That number is misleading as 16 of those teams have at least a 90% shot at missing the playoffs. There is considerable separation at the top of the Super Bowl LI futures betting board at Bet365 as the Patriots (+200) Cowboys (+400) and Seahawks (+550) are the only teams still showing triple digit odds. The Steelers (+1000) plus the Raiders and Packers both at (+1400) round out the top five. Despite leading the NFC North Division, Detroit is posted with a gaudy +2800 NFL Championship price at Bet365.
NFL Week 14 Super Bowl Odds Update: December 13, 2016
Week 14 of the 2016 NFL regular season is history and, somewhat surprisingly, no teams clinched a playoff berth or were eliminated from contention once the dust settled. Although some are the longest of long shots, 26 squads still have a mathematical chance of earning a spot in the NFL postseason. As a result, there was little change on our Super Bowl LI futures board as New England, Dallas and Seattle retained their top three favourite status. Pittsburgh remains tied for fourth but with Kansas City now – not Oakland. It’s interesting that our two British based bookmakers, William Hill and Bet365, have cut the Patriots NFL Championship odds as their numbers are drastically lower than Canada based SportsInteraction and Bodog.
AFC Championship Future Odds
Dominated by the New England Patriots recently, AFC Championship futures odds usually feature perennial contenders like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. This year we have a new kid on the 2017 AFC contenders list, as the red-hot Oakland Raiders are charging up betting boards.
NFL 2016 AFC Champion New England Patriots Chances to Win Super Bowl LI
NFL Week 19 AFC Championship Odds Update: January 16, 2017
Playing out exactly how we envisioned it would, Pittsburgh vs New England is the 2017 AFC Championship clash. Although the monster -16 price spread was in jeopardy, for most of the game, we laid the line and cashed with the Patriots as they ended up humbling Houston 34-16 in Foxborough. We added to our bankroll when we banked the tiny +1.5 ATS price and backed Pittsburgh versus Kansas City and the Steelers squeaked past the Chiefs 18-16 at Arrowhead. That brings us to the futures wager we placed prior to the Divisional Weekend.
Our Pats victory over the Texans has us positioned to earn 613.5 units if New England wins the AFC Championship. Our original plan was to earn a “safe” one-unit (10%) profit, or end up with a zero loss during the AFC Championship, and that’s just what we are going to do. Since the Steelers have been tagged with (+210) money line at William Hill – we are betting 500 units on Big Ben & Co. PIT win earns us 50 units while a NEP victory returns a 113.5 unit profit. Plus, our original investment is guaranteed to be safely stowed back in our bankroll.
NFL Week 18 AFC Championship Odds Update: January 9, 2017
Wild Card Weekend saw Houston stifle the injury ravaged Raiders 27-14 in Texas while the Steelers demolished the equally hobbled Dolphins 30-12 in Pittsburgh. The Texans are now tasked with heading into New England to face the Patriots who opened as -16 point chalk at Bodog. The Steelers have to leave the cozy confines of Heinz Field and head to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs who are slim -1 point favorites. Liking what they saw out of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Bodog dropped the Steelers AFC Championship odds from +400 to +350 while the Patriots price went from -200 to -180. William Hill is now offering the best odds on New England (-163) to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and that price won’t gain additional value. As such, we are placing ten units on the Patriots which will earn us a small but guaranteed cash on AFC Championship Sunday.
NFL Week 17 AFC Championship Odds Update: January 2, 2017
Although the six AFC Championship contenders were established prior to Week 17 action, the final Conference standings and playoff seedings still needed to be decided. New England earned the top AFC seed as the Patriots went into Miami and posted with a 35-14 victory. That dropped the Dolphins to the sixth seed and into a match in Pittsburgh with the Steelers. Later in the day, the Chiefs crushed the Chargers (37-27) and the Broncos bashed the Raiders (24-6) giving Kansas City the two seed and a first round bye. Oakland dropped to the five spot and will head to Houston on Wild Card Weekend. While there are four matches still to be played - we see an explosive Steelers vs Patriots AFC Championship battle on the horizon.
NFL Week 16 AFC Championship Odds Update: December 27, 2016
We know the teams in contention for the AFC Championship. We don’t know where some of them will be on Wild Card Weekend. New England has earned a first round bye and can clinch the #1 seed with a win over Miami or an Oakland loss in Denver. The Pats would also avoid a possible second round matchup against #3 seed Pittsburgh if they take the top spot. Oakland gets the #2 seed if they beat the Broncos but a loss and a Kansas City win over the Chargers would give the Chiefs a first round bye and drop the Raiders into the #5 seed. The Texans will host a Wild Card game as the AFC South champs while the Dolphins need a win over the Pats and a Chiefs loss to move up to the #5 spot. We are forecasting Pittsburgh vs Miami and Houston vs Oakland as the AFC Wild Card matches on January 7 & 8, 2017.
NFL Week 15 AFC Championship Odds Update: December 20, 2016
Following a 16-3 Week 15 win in Denver, that pushed the defending Super Bowl Champs to the brink of elimination, New England has a 78% chance of clinching home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. That’s important since the Patriots are 16-4 at Gillette Stadium during the postseason. Bet365 bookmakers have taken that into account as possible MVP Tom Brady and Crew are the first team with a minus Conference Championship price. Congratulations to Raider Nation as Oakland is in the postseason for the first time since they were trounced 48-21 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Super Bowl XXXVII back on January 28, 2003. Although there are a lot of scenarios, with the Chiefs still very much in the mix, the Raiders control their own destiny and will earn a bye with victories over the Colts and Broncos.
NFL Week 14 AFC Championship Odds Update: December 13, 2016
After the dust settled on NFL Week 14 action – there were several shakeups on the AFC Championship futures betting board. The most notable is the tiny prices on New England (11-2) as the Patriots odds are now bordering on the negative side. Thanks to their win over Oakland, Kansas City has jumped into the second chalk spot as the Chiefs +340 line is just ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers whose odds went from +500 to +400. Tied for second chalk heading into the week, the Raiders loss to the Chiefs pushed them into the fourth favorite position with a +850 money line. Bodog is the first bookie to trim their AFC Championship futures board as the Bills, Bengals and Chargers are out of the race in their eyes. Expect the others to follow suit soon as several teams will be officially eliminated after Week 15 action.
NFL Week 13 AFC Championship Odds Update: December 5, 2016
With Week 13 of the NFL season complete, we are not surprised to find Tom Brady and the 10-2 New England Patriots as top chalk to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LI. In a rather shocking development though, the Oakland Raiders are hot and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers as second favorites with a +500 money line price. The offensive weapon-laden Steelers being in the mix isn’t a surprise but the Raiders certainly may be too many as their price was a gaudy +6000 back in March 2016. Although our Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl 51 call is now a pipe dream, we did advise bettors to place a small wager on the Raiders in one of our feature articles back in August. Raider Nation is riding high as the Silver & Black have rolled to 10-2 record and have a solid shot at being the number one seed in the AFC.
NFC Championship Future Odds
Wide open is usually the best way to describe NFC Championship futures odds as several teams are normally in the National Football Conference mix. Led by superstar rookies, RB Ezekiel Elliott and QB Dak Prescott, the 12-2 Dallas Cowboys were the first team to clinch a 2017 NFL playoff position.
NFL 2016 NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons Chances to Win Super Bowl LI
NFL Week 19 NFC Championship Odds Update: January 16, 2017
We suffered our first defeat of the 2017 NFL Playoffs when Seattle failed to cover in Atlanta as the Falcons soared to a 36-20 win over the Seahawks on Saturday. Our NFC Divisional Weekend record balanced out when the Green Bay Packers edged the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Overall, we are very pleased with our 7-1 run through the first eight NFL postseason matches. Being as the NFC picture has been packed with contenders, we have largely stayed away from making NFC futures wagers. As is the case over in the AFC, the NFC title game lines are now the NFC Championship odds. We have to admit that we are somewhat surprised that bookmakers have posted the Packers as fairly large dogs again this weekend. Needing to research our NFC Super Bowl rep pick - the Quick Access link at the top of this page will display our Green Bay vs Atlanta call prior to the weekend.
NFL Week 18 NFC Championship Odds Update: January 9, 2017
Following the same blowout trend that was established in the AFC – the NFC Wild Card games featured a pair of poundings as well. First up, Seattle stepped up on defense and RB Thomas Rawls rolled to 161 rushing yards as the Seahawks sent the Detroit Lions packing with a 26-6 win. After a slow start, Green Bay trailed 6-0 with 2:20 to play in the first half, the Packers offense kicked into gear and they destroyed the New York Giants 38-13 thanks in large part to four TD passes by QB Aaron Rodgers. Seattle now heads to Atlanta to face the Falcons as +5 point pups while Green Bay will visit Dallas as +4.5 underdogs on the NFL betting board at William Hill. New England is still far and away top chalk to win the AFC Championship but the NFC title odds are very tightly bunched as any of the four remaining teams could be headed to Houston for Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
NFL Week 17 NFC Championship Odds Update: January 2, 2017
Playing out as we envisioned it would, Dallas and Atlanta will be enjoying a bye during NFC Wild Card Weekend. The Cowboys were locked into the top seed for a while and the Falcons joined them as they hung on for a 38-32 victory over New Orleans. Seattle claimed the three seed with a 25-23 win over San Francisco but the Seahawks have a lot of issues as they head into the postseason. Green Bay, who have now won six straight games, captured the NFC North Division title and the fourth seed with a 31-24 win over Detroit. As we opined below a week ago, NFC Wild Card games have the Packers hosting the Giants and the Lions heading to the West Coast to battle the Seahawks. We see Green Bay and Seattle rolling into Dallas and Atlanta respectively for the Divisional Playoffs in two weeks time. However, wanting to see how some injuries play out, we will hold off making our call for the NFC Championship combatants until we update the odds following the Wild Card contests on January 9, 2017.
NFL Week 16 NFC Championship Odds Update: December 27, 2016
Already locked in as the #1 seed in the NFC, Dallas put an exclamation mark on their stellar season as they destroyed Detroit 42-21 during the prime time Week 16 MNF matchup. While we still aren’t 100% sold on the Cowboys defense – their offense is almost unstoppable. The other clarity in the NFC has the New York Giants locked as the #5 seed. Everything else is still very much up for grabs as six teams are jostling for the other four positions. Atlanta, Seattle and the Lions all have a shot at the #2 through #4 seeds while the Packers can earn the 3, 4 or 6 spot. The loser of Detroit versus Green Bay still have a possibility of missing the playoffs altogether if Washington beats the G-Men as the Redskins would earn the #6 seed. Tampa Bay needs seven contests to fall their way, including a TIE in the Redskins vs Giants game, to get into the postseason. If the Giants don’t lay down – we expect Seattle will host Detroit and New York will visit Green Bay in the NFC Wild Card contests on January 7 & 8, 2017.
NFL Week 15 NFC Championship Odds Update: December 20, 2016
Not as sure as death and taxes, baring a mega-meltdown, Dallas is going to earn a bye and home-field advantage during the NFC playoffs. If the Cowboys win out, they close against the Lions and Eagles, they will be the 2016 NFL regular season Champs. Seattle and Atlanta are fighting for the other NFC first-round bye but the Seahawks are in the drivers seat with games against playoff eliminated Arizona and lowly San Francisco remaining. One loss by Seattle, coupled with Atlanta wins over Carolina and New Orleans, earns the Falcons the NFC second seed. If Green Bay and Detroit both win or lose during Week 16 action, the Packers versus Lions Week 17 “Norris” battle will decide the NFC North Champ. Apart from Dallas looking like the number one seed – everything is on the table in the NFC playoff chase.
NFL Week 14 NFC Championship Odds Update: December 13, 2016
Price adjustments are prominent changes on NFC Championship betting boards – especially at Bodog. Following their Week 14 losses to the Giants and Packers respectively, Dallas and Seattle remain as top NFC chalk but they both saw their numbers move up slightly. Thanks to a dominant performance on the road, Atlanta ripped Los Angeles 42-14, the Falcons jump from fifth to third chalk and their odds dropped from +1200 to +700 at Bodog. Despite being two games behind Detroit in the NFC North, Green Bay (+800) is the fourth favorite ahead of New York (+900) and the Lions who now have a +1000 money line price. Check back following Week 15 action as we expect major changes on our NFC futures board.
NFL Week 13 NFC Championship Odds Update: December 5, 2016
Being as nine different teams have won the NFC Championship over ten seasons, the Seattle Seahawks are the lone team to claim two titles, predicting the NFC can be a tall order. That trend continues this year as three of the top four preseason favorites (Green Bay, Carolina and Arizona) are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether. Seattle (+400) was the top NFC favorite back in August but the Seahawks now trail the Dallas Cowboys in that race. Bodog bookmakers have the Cowboys (+140) and Seahawks (+190) in a two-team race as Green Bay is third chalk with a +1100 price. Current NFC South and North Division leaders, Atlanta and Detroit respectively round out the top five both with +1200 money line odds.
NFL Future Bets
Sometimes looked at as throwing good money after bad, especially by low limit casual bettors, we contest that betting on NFL futures odds should be considered as a valuable investment. It’s not a stretch, by any means, to suggest that wagering on the Super Bowl in August is akin to investing in stock market futures – like predicting the March price of gold or oil in December. In fact, given the massive amount of information available, National Football League futures betting can often be a more secure investment. That is especially true when one considers that carefully researched wagers can result in a guaranteed payday once the Championship contest rolls around. While there are different “schools of thought” the handicappers here at Canadian Sports Betting prefer to focus on preseason favorites, as those wagers are the easiest to back up in-season or prior to the playoffs.
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Although a little late to the party, we can point to our Carolina Super Bowl 50 prediction as a classic example of how futures betting can set up a guaranteed winning wager. After placing five units on the Panthers +475 ML price, prior to Wild Card Weekend last season, we were able to turn that bet into an 890 unit profit despite the fact that the Denver Broncos crushed the Kittens 24-10 during Super Bowl 50. That certainly wasn’t a “fluke win” as we figured the NFC representative would be the chalk side on Super Bowl Sunday and that’s exactly how it turned out. Being as our Panthers wager was set to earn a 1,875 unit return, backing the Broncos with a 900 unit wager set us with a guaranteed +975 return if the Cats won and a +890 profit if Denver took the title. The Mile High Kids were Champs and, in addition to our profit, we saved a 1000 unit loss by backing up our bet at Bodog. Stick with us, as we will cover the 2017 NFL playoff season from pillar to post.