On the surface, the fact that two of the five-most bet teams to win the Super Bowl LVI are in the AFC West may not bode well for the Las Vegas Raiders.
But the reality is, in the end, it’s pretty funny.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the second-most bet team to win it all this season at MGM casinos. That makes sense. The Chiefs have been to the Super Bowl in the past two seasons. The third most? The Denver Broncos.
The Broncos? Yep!
You see, a bunch of would-be wise guys went deep on Denver because of the speculation that the Green Bay Packers would send MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the Rocky Mountains. Of course, the reality is that Rodgers reported to training camp with the Packers on Tuesday and he will play in Green Bay in 2021.
The Denver Broncos (40-1) are No. 3 in bets to win the Super Bowl and No. 2 in liability at @BetMGM books b/c they seemed to be the likeliest Aaron Rodgers trade destination.— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) July 27, 2021
With Rodgers reporting to Packers camp, those bettors' hopes now ride on Teddy Bridgewater/Drew Lock.
The Broncos and their over-eager betting backers? They ‘re going into the season with Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock.
That’s why they call it “gambling.”
In other Raiders’ links:
- Flores’ impact: ESPN has a look at Raiders’ legendary coach Tom Flores’ impact on the Hispanic community as he prepares to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Carr talks: The Athletic had a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic ahead of training camp.
- Deablo chat: Third-round pick, linebacker/safety Divine Deablo, joins the Raiders’ in-house podcast.
- 53-man projection: The Athletic has an early 53-man Raiders’ roster projection.
- Rodgers talk: USA Today has a list of potential 2022 teams for Rodgers. Yes, the Raiders are on the list.
- Madden love: Henry Ruggs has a 98 speed rating on the new Madden game. Sounds about right.