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Rams vs. Bengals Betting Trends: How Big Preseason Longshots Perform in Super Bowl

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The Cincinnati Bengals were ridiculous 150-1 underdogs to win the Super Bowl during the preseason.

That’s tied for the longest odds ever for a team that eventually made the Super Bowl. The St. Louis Rams were 150-1 dogs before the 1999 season.

And Disney made a movie about that team and its quarterback, Kurt Warner. The Rams went on to beat the Titans 23-16 in the Super Bowl that year.

But that was only one of three teams that has won it all with longer than 40-1 preseason odds.

Teams that were +4000 or worse to win the Super Bowl before the start of the season have made the Super Bowl on 16 occasions. They’ve gone 4-11 straight up and are 6-8-1 against-the-spread (ATS).

The 2001 New England Patriots and 2017 Philadelphia Eagles are the only other two teams to have won it all from that group.

That Patriots team had a sixth-rounder by the name of Tom Brady in his first season as a starting quarterback. Meanwhile, that Eagles squad was the only champion to have been home underdogs during the Divisional and Championship rounds.

How Teams With Longest Preseason Odds Have Performed

 

Team Odds Result ATS Result
1999 St. Louis Rams (vs. Titans) 150-1 WIN PUSH
2016 Atlanta Falcons (vs. Patriots) 80-1 LOSS LOSS
1994 San Diego Chargers (vs. 49ers) 75-1 LOSS LOSS
2001 New England Patriots (vs. Rams) 60-1 WIN WIN
2015 Carolina Panthers (vs. Broncos) 60-1 LOSS LOSS
2003 Carolina Panthers (vs. Patriots) 60-1 LOSS WIN
2000 New York Giants (vs. Ravens) 60-1 LOSS LOSS
1998 Atlanta Falcons (vs. Broncos) 60-1 LOSS LOSS
1981 Cincinnati Bengals (vs. 49ers) 60-1 LOSS LOSS
2008 Arizona Cardinals (vs. Steelers) 50-1 LOSS WIN
1981 San Francisco 49ers (vs. Bengals) 50-1 WIN WIN
2017 Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Patriots) 40-1 WIN WIN
2019 San Francisco 49ers (vs. Chiefs) 40-1 LOSS LOSS
2005 Seattle Seahawks (vs. Steelers) 40-1 LOSS LOSS
1988 Cincinnati Bengals (vs. 49ers) 40-1 LOSS WIN

 

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