- The Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57
- Early odds have been published covering all aspects of the big game
- Read on for a look at the best early Super Bowl bets to get in on before the lines move
The stage is set for Super Bowl 57, with the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles returning to the big game for the first time in five years, while the AFC champions Kansas City Chiefs get ready to make their third Super Sunday appearance in four years. Within minutes of this matchup being determined on Sunday night, oddsmakers stepped up with an array of game line and props bets. Here is a look at three early Super Bowl bets to make before odds start to move.
Early Super Bowl Bets to Make
|Kansas City Chiefs +2
|Travis Kelce to Score at Least 2 Touchdowns
|Jalen Hurts UNDER 1.5 Touchdown Passes
Odds as of January 30 at DraftKings and Barstool Sportsbook
Our top early Super Bowl bets include picks on the Chiefs, Travis Kelce and Jalen Hurts above.
Super Bowl Bet #1: Chiefs +2 (-110)
Sportsbooks have raised eyebrows by publishing opening Super Bowl odds favoring the Eagles by 2 points. Philadelphia enjoyed an impressive regular season run, finishing as the top seed in the NFC with a 14-3 SU record. However, it is tough to ignore the relatively easy road this team enjoyed on their way to a Super Bowl berth, particularly in their two playoff matchups.
— SportsBettingDime (@SBD) January 30, 2023
In the battle-hardened Kanas City Chiefs, the Eagles are now set to face their toughest opponent of the season by far. As Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals discovered on Sunday, the Chiefs feature a ferocious defensive line that has proven effective at containing mobile passers.
The Chiefs’ defense has also been effective against the run, allowing just nine scoring rushes over their past 14 games. But perhaps most important is the Chiefs’ depth of experience in big games. This team has enjoyed pleasure and pain in the postseason over the past four years and brings a level of earned confidence to Super Bowl 57 that the Eagles simply cannot match.
While the Eagles sport a dominant ground game and have impressed in their recent wins, it is the Chiefs who offer enormous value as underdogs on the early odds.
Super Bowl Bet #2: Travis Kelce to Score at Least 2 Touchdowns (+600)
After failing to score over his final six regular-season appearances, Travis Kelce has once again risen to the occasion in the postseason. The Chiefs tight end has made three scoring catches in two playoff games this season, lifting his career total to 15, leaving him trailing only the legendary Jerry Rice.
@NFLResearch” Travis Kelce finished with seven catches for 78 yards and one touchdown Sunday, passing Julian Edelman for the second-most receiving yards in NFL postseason history, trailing only the legendary Jerry Rice.” pic.twitter.com/5LnHfhPagU
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) January 30, 2023
Kelce’s prolific play attracted plenty of double and triple coverage in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati, and he’s likely to be targeted for special attention by the Eagles’ defense on Super Bowl Sunday. Skeptics may point to the Eagles’ recent stinginess while allowing just one scoring catch over their past four games.
However, considering the depth of the Chiefs’ receiving corps and the emergence of Marquez Valdes-Scantling as a legitimate deep threat, expect Kelce to make multiple scoring catches in a playoff game for the fourth time in his career.
Super Bowl Bet #3: Jalen Hurts Under 1.5 Touchdown Passes (-113)
Jalen Hurts showed no ill effects from his recent shoulder injury in Sunday’s victory over the injury-ravaged 49ers and can be expected to be at full health two weeks from now, in time for Super Bowl 57. But while a return to fitness is likely to embolden the dual-threat pivot to carry the ball with regularity, there is little reason to expect Hurts to be prolific in the air against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs’ defense emerged as the MVP in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati, while intercepting Joe Burrow twice and sacking him five times. KC provided Burrow with limited time and space while forcing him to throw into double coverage with regularity.
Expecting Hurts to fare any better than Burrow or Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence in passing is unrealistic. Indeed, with improved health, Hurts is likely to emerge as a bigger threat as a ball carrier, particularly against a KC defense that has more interceptions to its credit than scoring passes allowed over its past five games.