According to one NFL betting site, 60.9% of spread money and 59.8% of moneyline money came in on the underdog Bengals. That’s including $1 million for the Chiefs, courtesy of Drake, and other big-money gamblers.
Looking ahead, the Chiefs are 1.5-point underdogs in the Super Bowl at the time of writing—however, most books opened with the game as a pick’em, meaning that the public is showing an early interest in the Eagles.
To be fair to Philadelphia, it has earned the plaudits. They won their first playoff matchup against the New York Giants 38-7 and doubled down with a 31-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers and the league’s best defense in the NFC Championship Game.
If the lines hold, it will be the first time in 14 career playoff games that Mahomes is an underdog. That trend was almost broken last week before the lines returned to their regular starting point.
In 13 playoff games, Mahomes is 8-5 against the spread and 10-3 straight up. He last faced the Eagles in Week 4 of last season, a game that he finished with 278 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
Philly, meanwhile, is hoping to win its second Super Bowl in the last five years. They defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in a game that featured an MVP-level performance from backup QB Nick Foles, the memorable “Philly Special” touchdown, and a 505-yard losing effort from Tom Brady.
The teams have two weeks off until the primetime showdown in Glendale, Arizona. That’s just enough time for big-money bettors like Drake to regather their wits and fill their bet slips on US sportsbooks.