Super Bowl Bet: The Season Comes to a Swift Conclusion

Vikings Territory Breakdown

It’s Super Bowl week and everyone is beside themselves in anticipation. We all have our annual Super Bowl traditions, such as betting on the coin flip, making that spicy bean dip or waiting for Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce to get engaged on the field. Wait, that last one is not an annual tradition—but with the Kansas City Chiefs nearly a yearly participant in the big game, it could be in the future. C’mon, like you haven’t already made a Swiftie prop bet.

Okay, probably not. But as of this writing, the San Francisco 49ers are favored to win the big game by 2.5 points. That line is hard to fathom. The Chiefs went on the road and took care of business against the favored Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens to punch their ticket to Las Vegas, while the Niners struggled against both Green Bay and Detroit at home to advance. The Chiefs have, arguably, the best quarterback in the game, while niners have Mr. Irrelevant (whose play is going to be very relevant on Sunday whether his team wins or not).

But don’t bet on it. Anything can happen on Super Bowl Sunday and often does. Favored teams lose (1970 Vikings), turnovers turn into tsunamis of points against (Vikings had five versus the Steelers in SB IX) and great players get forgotten because their team never won one (Jim Marshall). Perhaps this year will be remembered for who gets an engagement ring rather than a Super Bowl ring.

Speaking of the Vikings, anything can happen during the offseason, as well, and we here at the Vikings Territory Breakdown podcast (Joe Oberle, senior writer at and and Mark Craig, NFL and Vikings writer for the Star Tribune and will get you prepared for it. The Vikings have a number of free agents on their roster, so expect a lot of change this offseason. We will break that down. Tune in and let the speculation begin.

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