LAS VEGAS – A playoff against Derrick Henry and the Titan's chances of winning will end this week when most bookmakers want it. It is not personal. It's all about business.
The Super Bowl would be a much bigger betting attraction for headquarters quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the world's most electric soccer player. Kansas City is a 7-point favorite over Tennessee in Sunday's AFC championship game.
In the NFC title game, San Francisco is a 7-point favorite over Green Bay, which is essentially a win-win situation in which Jimmy Garoppolo faces Aaron Rodgers.
"I'm looking forward to the two favorites," said William Hill sports director Nick Bogdanovich. “I would really like to see a matchup between KC and San Francisco. That would be a nice Super Bowl. Can you imagine what props you can make with this game? "
Breaches of rules with high scores lead to better betting options, which is why Mahomes could help make the Super Bowl a record-breaking betting event.
The conference title games consist of three popular teams and three star quarterbacks.
And then there's a Cinderella story. The Titans, who entered the playoffs as the AFC's sixth starter, went through a remarkable underdog parlay in two consecutive weeks in New England and Baltimore when Ryan Tannehill defeated the GOAT (Tom Brady) and the alleged MVP of 2019 ( Lamar Jackson).
Of course, Tennessee's success depends more on his defense and Henry's battering ram drive, which brings a total of 377 yards to 64 in the two wins. Tannehill traveled less than 100 yards in each game.
William Hill opened the Chiefs as a favorite with 7½ points before the outsider received any sharp money.
"We immediately traded in Tennessee," said Bogdanovich. “The Titans are not a popular public team, but I think they can go in there and leave it to the chiefs. Henry is a beast. "
Henry ran 195 yards when the titans, 10-point dogs, overpowered the ravens by 28-12. The decline of Baltimore was the end result of the weekend for bookies.
"It was our biggest win in the NFL season," said Jay Kornegay, SuperBook Vice President of Westgate.
The titans angered the chiefs in a wild 35-32 shootout at week 10 when Henry rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes overtook 446 yards and three touchdowns, but Kansas City was neglected in Nashville.
Mahome's recent appearance was more memorable. On the verge of being eliminated from the division round, the bosses followed the Texans 24-0 before Mahomes brought Kansas City 51-131 victory with a 321-meter pass and five touchdowns. The Chiefs were the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game with at least 20 points after a gap of at least 20 points.
Mahomes against Rodgers or Garoppolo seems to be a dream game for weather and bookmakers.
Rodgers and the Packers want revenge. Rodgers was sacked five times and limited to 104 yards at week 12 with a 37-8 loss to the 49ers. San Francisco ended the first meeting as a favorite with 3½ points, and for some rematch books the line is 7½.
"The Niners made her look silly," said Bogdanovich. “I thought that six points were enough for this game. I didn't think it should be a full seven. "
Bogdanovich expects the audience to play the favorites this week and use the Chiefs and 49ers on six-point teasers.
"No doubt about it, and I think both favorites will make it," he said.
William Hill's Super Bowl lead line is a selection. The AFC was a 3-point favorite last week before Baltimore was eliminated.
"I still think the Chiefs would be a little – a point or two – over the 49ers," said Bogdanovich.
The Chiefs are the +135 favorites at William Hill to win the Super Bowl LIV. The 49ers are right behind with 7/5. The packers are 15/2 and titans are 8/1.