The NFL season doesn’t kick off for a while, but we do know the 2020 schedule, and opening lines have been released for Week 1, Monday Night Football games and some other key matchups.

As we prepare to get back in to the swing of things and return to betting, we decided to take a look back at the best teams to bet on over the course of the Super Bowl era.

Our NFL Nation reporters offer their input while discussing the top five franchises to bet on against the spread, percentage-wise, using research from ESPN Stats & Information.


The Chiefs have been the NFL’s best team against the number during the Super Bowl era, and even better recently. According to ESPN Stats & Info, since 1990 the Chiefs in the regular season have covered the spread 52.3% of the time as a favorite, 54.5% of the time as an underdog and 75% of the time when the game is a pick ’em. With Patrick Mahomes at the helm and Andy Reid coaching, they’re set up to reward bettors for years to come. — Adam Teicher


The Eagles have the second-best mark against the spread in the Super Bowl era. It is the city of underdogs, right? While Philadelphia has only one Lombardi trophy to its name, it has been a consistently competitive franchise over much of the past four-plus decades while avoiding long down streaks. Credit strong coaching for some of that. From Dick Vermeil to Andy Reid to Doug Pederson, the Eagles have found leaders who inspire loyalty and accountability among the players. Reid’s tenure in particular stands out. The Eagles enjoyed eight double-digit-win seasons under him. — Tim McManus




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