The 2018 offseason is just about finished, which means 90-man rosters are mostly set and position competitions will get going in earnest at the starting of training camp. Plenty will change between now and Week 1, but that hasn’t stopped people from betting on the Super Bowl.
A day after Super Bowl 52 was played, the San Francisco 49ers were the most popular team for Super Bowl 53 bets, getting 12 percent of wagers and 16 percent of money. Five months later, that has not changed. Sportsbook operator William Hill has 107 sportsbooks in Nevada, and more money has been bet on the 49ers Super Bowl odds than any other team.
More money has been bet on the NY Giants to win the Super Bowl than any other team at William Hill's two New Jersey books.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) July 3, 2018
More money has been bet on the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl than any other team at William Hill's 107 Nevada books.
49ers Super Bowl odds have been in the top ten among all teams all offseason. Bovada installed them at 20/1 immediately following Super Bowl 52, which was tenth among all teams. Bovada updated odds a couple weeks into free agency, and the 49ers improved to 14/1, which was tied for fifth. After the draft, the 49ers slipped back to 15/1, which was tried for seventh.
The 49ers are presently installed at 22/1, tied for 10th among all teams. The 49ers have been a popular bet, but there might be an opportunity to jump on them for a better value in a couple months. The team opens the season with arguably its hardest stretch of the schedule. They face two teams that made the playoffs last season, and all four teams finished with records above .500. If the 49ers struggle out of the gates, we would almost assuredly see their odds get worse. I’m not inclined to put down money on a 49ers Super Bowl bet at this point, but there might be a decent opportunity down the pike.