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Betting on the Super Bowl in Tennessee

The Super Bowl transcends sports in the United States of America. It is an event that draws in over 100 million viewers every year. NFL fans and entertainment fans alike come together to watch the Super Bowl, its halftime show and even its commercials. Football fans in Tennessee may have heard about the long list of exotic prop bets available to bet on during the Super Bowl from the media or from their friends, but before the 2020 season they never had a chance to bet on the Super Bowl legally in Tennessee. With the legalization of sports betting in Tennessee, however, the Super Bowl and all of its betting options are on the table for NFL fans to bet on.

Where to bet on the Super Bowl in Tennessee

In 2019 Tennessee passed a bill that would legalize sports betting across the state. It took about a year for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation‘s Board of Directors to iron out all of the sports betting rules and regulations, and in April 2020 the details to put sports betting into place in Tennessee were approved. The licensing process is now underway, and according to the latest news from the TEL, sports betting should finally go live in TN by November 2020, if not before.

The new sports betting law only allow for online sportsbooks to operate in Tennessee, opting against allowing any physical locations to accept bets. While the TEL has not disclosed which operators have applied for licenses, the following are very likely to be among the first to launch online sportsbooks in TN:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • BetMGM

Other operators of online sportsbooks in other states may likely launch in TN as well. Some local operators may launch, too. Once they go live, all will provide numerous Super Bowl betting options for football fans.

How to bet on the Super Bowl

In the weeks and months leading up to the Super Bowl, bettors in Tennessee will be able to place long-term bets on who will win the Super Bowl. Once the matchup is actually set, there will be hundreds of betting options for the big game. Here’s a breakdown of the different Super Bowl bet types available in Tennessee.

Super Bowl futures bets

Futures bets on who will win the Super Bowl will be among the first options for TN Super Bowl bettors. Sportsbooks around the world have already cooked up futures odds for the next Super Bowl, and online sportsbook sites in Tennessee will do the same as soon as they launch.

Here’s a look at the futures odds to win the Super Bowl at the start of the 2020 season:

TeamDraftKingsFanDuelBetMGM
Kansas City Chiefs+600+600+600
Baltimore Ravens+650+650+600
San Francisco 49ers+1000+900+1000
New Orleans Saints+1100+1200+1200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+1400+1500+1400
Dallas Cowboys+1600+1500+1600
Seattle Seahawks+2200+2000+1400
Philadelphia Eagles+2200+2000+2500
New England Patriots+2200+2300+2500
Indianapolis Colts+2200+2300+2000
Buffalo Bills+2500+2800+2500
Pittsburgh Steelers+2500+2500+3000
Minnesota Vikings+2800+2500+2500
Tennessee Titans+2800+3000+3500
Green Bay Packers+3000+3100+3500
Cleveland Browns+4000+3400+3500
Los Angeles Rams+4000+4000+5000
Los Angeles Chargers+4500+4000+3500
Chicago Bears+5000+4400+5000
Arizona Cardinals+5000+5000+3500
Atlanta Falcons+5000+5000+5000
Denver Broncos+5000+6000+4000
Houston Texans+5000+6000+6500
Detroit Lions+6000+6600+8000
Las Vegas Raiders+6600+6000+8000
Miami Dolphins+8000+8000+10000
New York Giants+8000+8500+10000
New York Jets+8000+8500+8000
Carolina Panthers+12500+12000+10000
Cincinnati Bengals+15000+17000+10000
Washington Football Team+15000+17000+15000
Jacksonville Jaguars+17500+20000+15000

Odds for Super Bowl futures are constantly changing throughout the season. During the offseason, they are affected by the draft, trades and free agent signings. Wins and losses during the season also shift the odds, as do team transactions, injuries and the likelihood of certain teams making the playoffs or winning their division. Once the playoffs begin, the futures line movements are even more rapid, as teams that survive a round of the postseason become far more likely to win the Super Bowl.

Regardless of when you place your Super Bowl futures bet, your wager will be locked in at that price. Routinely checking out futures odds to win the Super Bowl is a great way to potentially find value on teams that may be going through a downswing that you think have a good chance of rallying and eventually competing for the championship.

Popular Super Bowl bet types

You can also make futures bets on who will win the Super Bowl all the way up to Conference Championship week when there are only four teams remaining. But once the AFC Championship and NFC Championship have been decided, only two teams remain. In the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, these are the key betting lines you can bet on, including how the betting odds work:

  • Moneyline: If you just want to bet on which team will win the Super Bowl, you can do so on the moneyline. The team favored to win the Super Bowl has its odds listed with a “-” in front of them, indicating how much you will need to bet to win $100. For example, if the Tennessee Titans are -320 favorites to win the Super Bowl, this means that you would need to bet $320 to win $100. This ratio works the same regardless of how much you bet, as a $640 bet would pay out $200 and a $32 bet would pay out $10. The underdog will have a “+” in front of its odds, which tells you how much you will win on a $100 bet. A +250 underdog will pay out $250 on a $100 wager.
  • Spread: The most common form of NFL wagering is against the point spread. Both teams receive a point handicap to make the matchup more even from a betting perspective. For example, if the Titans are a -5.5 point favorite against the Green Bay Packers, this means that they must win the Super Bowl by six point or more for your Tennessee -5.5 bet to cash. Green Bay +5.5 would pay out if the Packers win outright or lose by five points or fewer.
  • Total: Tennessee online sportsbooks set a total on how many total points they believe both teams will combine to score in the Super Bowl. Bettors can bet on whether they think the combined score in the game will go over or under this posted total. So if the total is set at 44.5 points and the final score is 28-21, 49 total points were scored and bettors who wagered on over 44.5 will be winners.
  • Live betting: Betting on the Super Bowl doesn’t have to end at opening kickoff. In-game betting gives bettors the opportunity to bet on in-game events, moneylines and totals. Some Tennessee sportsbooks offer live betting from your mobile device so that you can watch the Super Bowl on television and bet on the action with your tablet or cell phone.

Types of Super Bowl prop bets

The bet types listed above are the common ways to bet on football games throughout the season, and the Super Bowl is no exception when it comes to these lines. But one thing that does separate the Super Bowl from the rest of the NFL season is the massive number of proposition bets that become available.

Super Bowl prop betting

Proposition bets are wagers that you can place on events that occur within the game. These events are independent of the final score of the game and sometimes even of the game itself. Each represents its own unique event.

Prop bets are available on NFL games during the regular season, but never to the same magnitude as during the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks understand that the Super Bowl is as much an entertainment spectacle as it is a football game, drawing in everyone from die-hard football fans to people who have no interest at all in sports. Super Bowl prop bets give everyone on that spectrum in Tennessee something to wager on and root for.

Super Bowl entertainment props

Entertainment props have become a Super Bowl tradition that have absolutely nothing to do with the game of football. From how many times a certain celebrity will be shown in the press box to how many times the president of the United States will tweet during the game, these prop bets are great for non-sports fans and NFL fans looking to break up their betting card with some fun bets in between. Examples of Super Bowl entertainment props include:

  • Heads or tails on the opening coin toss?
  • Over/under on the length of time it takes to sing the national anthem.
  • First commercial shown after the game begins.
  • First song the halftime performer sings.
  • Color of Gatorade poured on the winning coach’s head.

Not all of these Super Bowl entertainment props may be available to TN sports bettors thanks to regulations online sportsbooks have to follow in the state.

Super Bowl player props

Player props are available during regular season NFL games, but they are usually limited to just one or two different key players or stats. Dozens of player props are available to bet on during the Super Bowl for just about every player on the field. For a defensive back, you can bet on whether a player will go over specific totals such as passes deflected, interceptions or tackles. For a team’s star running back, you might see player props such as:

  • Over/under a posted total of rushing attempts.
  • Over/under a posted total of rushing yards.
  • Over/under a posted total of touchdowns.
  • Over/under a posted total of receptions.
  • Over/under a posted total of fumbles.

Super Bowl team props

Team props go just as in-depth as player props do, but are based on team performances instead of player performances. You can bet on things like the exact number of points that a team will score (or a specific range of points), or over/unders on things like running plays called, passing plays called, total yards earned, total points scored, total turnovers forced by the defense and more.

Super Bowl game props

Game props are bets on occurrences within the actual game. Examples of Super Bowl game props include:

  • Who will win the Super Bowl MVP award?
  • What team will score the first touchdown?
  • Will the longest field goal in the game be over/under a posted distance?
  • Will either team score three times in a row without the other team scoring?
  • Will the final play of the game be a passing play or running play?
  • What will the exact margin of victory in the game be?

Super Bowl cross-sports props

The Super Bowl takes place in early February when both the NBA and NHL are in full swing and MLB is just a couple of months away from getting started. Sportbooks come up with some creative cross-sports props, with examples like:

  • LeBron James points in his next game vs. Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl completions.
  • Alexander Ovechkin goals in his next game vs. Derrick Henry Super Bowl touchdowns.
  • Mike Trout home runs in upcoming season vs. Tom Brady Super Bowl pass attempts.

History of the Super Bowl in Tennessee

The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee before the start of the 1997 season. The Tennessee Oilers went 8-8 and missed the postseason in both 1997 and 1998. In the franchise’s first season as the Tennessee Titans in 1999, the team enjoyed its best season since the Oilers won the AFL Championship back in 1961.

Steve McNair and Eddie George led the Tennessee Titans to a 13-3 regular season record in 1999. The Titans earned an AFC wild card spot and picked up wins at home against the Buffalo Bills and on the road against the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars to punch their ticket to Super Bowl XXXIV.

Tennessee’s Super Bowl XXXIV opponent was the St. Louis Rams, with an elite offense nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Led by Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, the Rams led the NFL in total yards per game (400.1) and points per game (32.9) by a wide margin in 1999. The Rams were a 7-point betting favorite in Super Bowl XXXIV.

St. Louis entered the half with a 9-0 lead as Tennessee’s defense made some big stands to hold the Rams to field goals instead of touchdowns. The Rams appeared to be cruising to an easy victory when they took a 16-0 lead in the third quarter, but Tennessee fought back and tied the game 16-16 with two Eddie George rushing touchdowns and a 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.

The Rams struck back in one play as Kurt Warner connected with Issac Bruce on a 73-yard touchdown pass. Tennessee had one drive left to tie the game, and the Titans drove all the way down the field to the Rams’ 10-yard line. Steve McNair completed a pass to Kevin Dyson, who looked like he was open to score about five yards away from the end zone. But Rams linebacker Mike Jones made an excellent read and leg tackle. Dyson reached out for the goal line as he was going down, but came up a yard short.

The play is now simply referred to as “The Tackle,” and it is one of the most memorable plays in NFL history. That one yard still haunts Tennessee Titans fans to this day as the team hasn’t been back to the Super Bowl since. But every new season is a new opportunity.