Whoever said lightning never strikes the same place twice obviously never saw Joe Burrow throw a football.
The third-year quarterback has led the Cincinnati Bengals within a victory of the Super Bowl for a second straight season, upsetting top-seeded Buffalo 27-10 in the AFC Divisional game this weekend.
Now, Burrow and the Bengals are tasked with pulling off another upset, against 14-3 Kansas City on the road at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday, to reach the Super Bowl for the second straight season.
The Bengals have come a long way this season, odds-wise, with oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio upping the Bengals’ chances from +1200 to win Super Bowl LVII preseason to +270 as of Monday morning.
The team ranks in a tie with the Chiefs for second on BetMGM’s odds board, behind the Eagles (+260) and ahead of the 49ers (+300) heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship game.
The Bengals and Chiefs are both listed at -110 on the moneyline, with Cincinnati a 1-point underdog in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.
BetOhio.com looked at how far the Bengals have come in Ohio sports betting Super Bowl odds compared to previous NFL champs.
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Where Bengals Rank on Super Bowl Odds List
The Bengals’ +1200 odds to win the Super Bowl before the season’s opening kickoff are the same as last year’s champion (the L.A. Rams), and the 11th longest of any champion since 1999. A win would fetch a fantastic payout at an operator like bet365 Ohio.
Cincinnati’s preseason odds are well behind the then-St. Louis Rams in 1999 (who were at +15000 preseason), as well as the 2001 New England Patriots (+6000), 2017 Philadelphia Eagles (+4000), 2007 New York Giants (+3000) and 2000 Baltimore Ravens (+2200).
The Eagles in 2017 were the last team with longer odds than the Bengals (+1200) to win the Super Bowl. The 2018 Patriots and 2019 Chiefs both started the year at +600, while Tampa Bay was listed at +1000 before the season kicked off in 2020.
Three Super Bowl champions began their campaigns with the same odds as the Bengals — the 2002 Buccaneers, the 2005 Steelers, and the 2022 Rams.
A handful of recent NFL teams wound up winning it all after starting the year with +600 odds, including the 2004 Patriots, 2006 Colts, 2016 Patriots, 2018 Patriots and 2019 Chiefs.
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