Bookmakers expect Kansas City to reach the Super Bowl

If most bookmakers get their wish, a tiebreaker against all odds led by Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans will end this week.

It is not personal It is only business.

The Super Bowl would be much more a betting attraction with Chiefs Field Marshal Patrick Mahomes, the most electrifying soccer player on the planet, to promote in the marquee. Kansas City is a seven-point favorite over Tennessee in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

In the game for the NFC title, San Francisco is a seven-point favorite over Green Bay in what is essentially a win-win proposal with Jimmy Garoppolo versus Aaron Rodgers.

“I’m supporting the two favorites,” said Nick Bogdanovich, sports betting director at William Hill. “I’d really like to see a K.C.-San Francisco showdown. That would be a good Super Bowl. Can you imagine the accessories you can do with that game?

High score pass offensives create better proposal bets, so Mahomes could help turn the Super Bowl into a record betting event.

The conference championship games have three teams that are popular with the betting public and the three-star quarterbacks.

And then there is a Cinderella story. The Titans, who slipped into the playoffs as the sixth seed of the AFC, achieved a notable loser by winning in New England and Baltimore in consecutive weeks when Ryan Tannehill beat the CABRA (Tom Brady) and the alleged MVP of this season. (Lamar Jackson).

Of course, Tennessee’s success is more about his defense and Henry’s career on the battering ram, which totaled 377 yards on 64 carries in the two wins. Tannehill passed for less than 100 yards in each game.

William Hill opened the Chiefs as 7½-point favorites before smart money showed up in the underdog.

“We take instant measures in Tennessee,” said Bogdanovich. “The Titans are not a popular public team, but I think they can enter and confront the Chiefs. Henry is a beast.

Henry ran for 195 yards when the Titans, less than 10 points, beat the Ravens in a 28-12 victory. The disappearance of Baltimore was the end result of the weekend for bookmakers.

“It was our biggest victory of the NFL season,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of Westgate SuperBook.

The Titans bothered the Chiefs in a wild 35-32 shootout in Week 10, when Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns, but Kansas City fell short in Nashville.

Mahomes’ most recent performance was more memorable. About to be knocked out in the divisional round, the Chiefs followed the Texans 24-0 before Mahomes met Kansas City to a 51-31 victory while passing 321 yards and five touchdowns. The Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by at least 20 points after losing at least 20.

Mahomes against Rodgers or Garoppolo seems like a dream match for bettors and bookmakers.

Rodgers and the Packers seek revenge. Rodgers was fired five times and limited to 104 aerial yards in a 37-8 loss to the 49ers in Week 12. San Francisco closed as a 3½ point favorite at the first meeting, and the line is 7½ in some books for the rematch.

“The Niners made them look silly,” Bogdanovich said. “I thought six points were enough for this game. I didn’t think it should be a complete seven. “

Bogdanovich expects the public to play favorites and use the Chiefs and 49ers in six-point teaser bets this week.

“There is no doubt about it, and I think both favorites will get there,” he said.

The advance line of William Hill for the Super Bowl is to pick them up. The AFC was a three-point favorite last week before Baltimore was eliminated.

“I still think the Chiefs would be something, one or two points, about the 49ers,” Bogdanovich said.

The Chiefs and 49ers are co-favorites of the Super Bowl at +140, ahead of the Packers (15-2) and the Titans (8-1).

Matt Youmans writes for VSiN, the sports betting network.

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