The Super Bowl has not been kind to NFL teams from Ohio. In the 2021-22 season, the Cincinnati Bengals lost the big game to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20. The Bengals are now 0-3 in their three Super Bowl appearances. Cincinnati lost previous Super Bowl games to the San Francisco 49ers in 1982 (20-16) and 1989 (26-21).
From a betting standpoint, the Bengals are 2-1 against the spread in the Super Bowl, having covered in each of their last two appearances. On the other hand, only the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills (four apiece) have appeared in more Super Bowl games without posting a single victory.
Then again, the Bengals are Super Bowl legends in comparison to Ohio’s other NFL team, the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have never played in a single Super Bowl game. Cleveland and the Detroit Lions are the only NFL teams that have been eligible to appear in every Super Bowl game that have never reached the game. In fact, Cleveland is the only NFL city that’s never played in or played host to a Super Bowl game.
On five occasions, the Browns have lost in the conference championship game, finishing one win shy of a Super Bowl appearance. Cleveland lost 34-0 to the Baltimore Colts in the 1968 NFL Championship Game and 27-7 to the Minnesota Vikings in the 1969 NFL Championship Game.
Following the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, the Browns were relocated to the AFC. Three times the Browns have lost in the AFC Championship Game, all to the Denver Broncos – in 1986-87 (23-20), 1987-88 (38-33) and 1989-90 (37-21).
Amazingly, between 1950, when the Browns joined the NFL, and 1966, prior to the creation of the Super Bowl game, Cleveland played in nine NFL Championship Games, winning four of them.
It hasn’t helped that the former Browns head coach Bill Belichick has won a record six Super Bowls at the helm of the New England Patriots, or that the Baltimore Ravens, the original Browns franchise that relocated in 1996, have twice won the Super Bowl.
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Just because the Super Bowl hasn’t been a good play for NFL teams from Ohio, it isn’t going to prevent Ohio sports bettors from hitting it big on Super Bowl Sunday.
All of the top online sports betting sites and mobile sportsbook apps in the Buckeye State will be offering action on the big game. The Super Bowl is the single biggest sports betting day in the USA.
There are so many ways to make a play on the Super Bowl game. Straight bettors can always stick to moneyline, point spread or total wagers on the game itself. Traditionally, those are the most common bets laid, but on today’s online sports betting landscape there are so many other popular options for Super Bowl wagers.
Maybe try putting together a same-game parlay at BetMGM. You can even assemble a live in-play same-game parlay consisting of bets on the big game. You could start out early by putting some money down in a future book play on the Bengals or Browns in the Super Bowl future odds. Look for betting sites such as Caesars to up the ante by adding boosted odds on Super Bowl wagers the week of the game.
Super Bowl Prop Wagers
Certainly the most well-known and popular types of Super Bowl wagers are Super Bowl prop bets. A great place to find a plethora of Super Bowl prop bets is Bet365. The types of available props on their site run the gauntlet, from game props to plays on outcomes such as the type of score that is the first in the game, to team props such as the last team score points in the game.
Player props are another popular method for betting the Super Bowl. It could be an over/under play on quarterback touchdowns passes or running back carries. Perhaps a straight up bet on the first or last TD scorer, or an anytime Super Bowl TD score is more to your liking.
There are even non game related Super Bowl prop bets. Will the length of the national anthem go over or under the assigned total? Is the coin flip going to be heads or tails? What color of sports drink will the winning team dump over the head of their coach?