Detroit Rams? Michigan Bettors Bucking National Trends, Backing Stafford, Rams In Super Bowl

Written By Drew Ellis on February 13, 2022 - Last Updated on February 18, 2022
Matthew Stafford gives thumbs up

Super Bowl LVI kicks off later tonight and it’s pretty clear that Michigan is getting behind Matthew Stafford and Los Angeles Rams.

While the nation is soundly backing the Cincinnati Bengals as the underdog, in-state sports bettors are planting their flag with the former Detroit Lions quarterback.

What do the latest betting numbers indicate about the loyalty Michigan fans have for Stafford?

Latest odds for Super Bowl LVI

Before we get into the betting stats, here’s a look at the up-to-date odds for tonight’s contest.

The Rams remain a 4 or 4.5-point favorite against the Bengals. The over/under total is holding steady at  points as well.

When it comes to the moneyline, the Rams are ranging from –185 to -210 depending on the book. Cincinnati is listed in the +160 to +175 range.

Michigan stands alone with Stafford, Rams at BetMGM

BetMGM Michigan released its national betting numbers on Sunday morning and Michigan finds itself on an island.

Out of 20 states in which MGM operates, Michigan is the only state that has more tickets going on the Rams minus the points as opposed to the Bengals with the points.

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Nationally, Cincinnati is getting 52% of the tickets as the underdog. In Michigan, 61% of the spread tickets are going with the Rams. That is accounting for 67% of the handle as well.

On the moneyline, though the Rams are the favorite, Los Angeles is still accounting for 79% of the handle in that market in Michigan. Leading the way is a $500,000 wager on the Rams at -200 to win $250,000.

Caesars has Michigan going big with Rams moneyline

Bettors in the state are putting up some big wagers on the Rams to win Sunday night.

Caesars Sportsbook MI lists Michigan as putting 52% of the moneyline tickets on the Bengals tonight. However, 85% of the handle in that market is going with the Rams.

In comparison, Cincinnati is getting 74% of the national tickets on the moneyline, while the Rams are getting just 51% of the handle.

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The Rams are getting 63% of the spread tickets at Caesars within the state. Nationally, that number sits at 58% for the Bengals.

Michigan is also bucking the trend on the total. Caesars has 58% of the national handle on the total going with the under. In Michigan, 55% of the handle is with the over.

On an interesting note, Michigan’s most popular prop bet at Caesars based on dollars wagered is on overtime. The Will There Be Overtime market has a No wager at -1500 which is getting the most handle.

Bengals leading the way with Golden Nugget

One sportsbook in Michigan that is not siding with the Rams is Golden Nugget Sportsbook MI.

They are reporting that the most popular bet in the state is with the Bengals moneyline at +170. It has accounted for 25% of all of their Super Bowl wagers.

However, Rams -4.5 is not far behind for the most wagers in the state.

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Nationally, Golden Nugget notes the most popular parlay props for tonight’s game are:

  • Anytime Touchdown Scorer Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Cooper Kupp First Touchdown Scorer and Los Angeles Rams to Win
  • Samaje Perine First Touchdown Scorer and Cincinnati Bengals to Win
  • Ja’Marr Chase First Touchdown Scorer and Cincinnati Bengals to Win
  • Matthew Stafford Anytime Touchdown Scorer and Los Angeles Rams to Win

Stafford with MVP competition from Donald at DraftKings

Similar to BetMGM, DraftKings Sportsbook MI is reporting that Michigan is the lone state siding with the Rams when it comes to spread wagers for tonight’s game.

As of Saturday night, Cincinnati was getting 58.1% of the tickets and 54% of the handle on spread wagers nationally. Michigan has 54% of its tickets going on the Rams as the favorites.

When it comes to the Super Bowl MVP market, Aaron Donald is getting the most handle and tickets nationally. He sits at 18% of the tickets and 19.5% of the handle. Stafford, as the favorite in the market, is getting 5.9% of the wagers and 8.7% of the handle.

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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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