The founders of the Buffalo Bills didn’t name the team after the American bison. The team is actually named after a popular 19th-century traveling entertainment troop.
The reviews for the namesake aren’t as good, as the Bills 2020 Super Bowl odds don’t forecast a breathtaking performance.
Being in the same division as the New England Patriots along with uncertainty in both the defensive and offensive backfields makes the Bills a playoff dark horse at best for most sportsbooks. With New York sports betting now live (although you can’t bet legally online yet), it’s time to consider the odds.
Bills 2020 Super Bowl odds: offseason recap
After a 2018 season that saw the Bills go 6-10 with a developing rookie quarterback, Buffalo made some needed moves in the offseason.
A shallow talent pool among his pass-catching options in 2018 stunted quarterback Josh Allen’s development last season. Poor protection also led to Allen running more effectively at times.
The Bills addressed those holes by signing wide receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown. Buffalo also drafted tight end Dawson Knox in the third round.
Along the offensive line, the Bills added Mitch Morse via free agency, traded for Jon Feliciano and Quinton Spain and drafted Cody Ford with their second pick. Buffalo also used the draft to make a strength even stronger.
In drafting Ed Oliver with their first pick, the Bills added a dynamic edge rusher to a defensive unit that already ranked second in the league against the pass in 2018. Although the front seven should be solid, the secondary has some holes.
2017 first-round pick cornerback Tre’Davious White had a down sophomore campaign, and it’s uncertain who will start opposite him. The offensive backfield is probably the biggest area of need on the team, as veterans Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy appear past their primes.
If Allen enjoys his new protection and weapons, the Bills could have enough offense to complement their defense. Sportsbooks aren’t high on Buffalo accomplishing much beyond a slight improvement, however.
Rounding up the Bills 2020 Super Bowl odds
As land-based sportsbooks have launched sports betting in New York, the opportunity for NY casino patrons to bet on Bills futures has arrived. The odds could make for a great payday if Buffalo is able to surpass expectations.
Sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, SugarHouse and William Hill all have lines posted on all 32 teams winning Super Bowl LIV. Those various odds for the Bills are as follows:
- DraftKings +8000
- FanDuel +8000
- PointsBet +10000
- SugarHouse +8000
- William Hill +7500
There are also some odds on whom the Bills would play in that game. All of them are longshots, but the best are on DraftKings. That book has a line of +125000 on a Bills-New York Giants Super Bowl.
Obviously, to win the Super Bowl, Buffalo would have to win the AFC championship game first. The best odds on that between the aforementioned books are on FanDuel. That book has the Bills +5000 to claim the AFC title.
Going further in reverse, Buffalo needs to qualify for the playoffs. The easiest path to that is winning the AFC East division.
DraftKings and SugarHouse have the best lines on the Bills becoming AFC East champions. Those odds currently sit at +1200.
Other Bills futures: Wild card and win expectancy
Winning the AFC East isn’t the only way to reach the postseason, however. As such, the best odds on Buffalo being a wild card team are +750 on FanDuel.
FanDuel also has the best line on whether the Bills make the playoffs, either as the AFC East champ or a wild card. That line comes in at +410.
In order to make that bet pay off, Buffalo will have to blow away its win expectancy at the books. The most optimistic over/under is 7, and the best odds are all on the under. FanDuel’s line on the under currently sits at +155.
Postseason success for the Bills as a team carries long odds. Regular-season success for Buffalo players follows that trend.
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Bills player props: Allen, McCoy and others
While Allen may have a better season in 2019, books still don’t expect him to be among the elite. That’s reflected in several prop bets.
Allen is +20000 on four books to lead the league in passing yards. DraftKings and SugarHouse give him the same odds of leading the NFL in touchdown passes.
The same two books list him among the favorites to lead the league in interceptions, however. The line on that currently rests at +1000.
Allen is also not expected to contend for major awards. DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse all list him +10000 to be the league MVP. DraftKings and SugarHouse list the same odds on him winning the Associated Press’ Offensive Player of the Year award.
McCoy is a similar non-contender to lead the NFL in his relevant stat categories. DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse have him +8000 to lead the league in rushing yards. FanDuel marks him +6500 to lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns.
For fans looking for an even longer shot, there’s Bills receiver Robert Foster. He’s +15000 on both DraftKings and SugarHouse to lead the league in either receiving yards or touchdown catches.
Not all Bills players are a long shot to win relevant awards, however. Oliver is actually among the favorites to land the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award. FanDuel has the most attractive odds on that at +1500.
Devin Singletary, the Buffalo rookie running back, is +4000 on both DraftKings and SugarHouse to win the offensive version of that award. Bills head coach Sean McDermott currently sits +3300 to be named the AP Coach of the Year on the same two books.
If Buffalo’s offensive moves pan out as the team hopes, the Bills could be a serious wild card contender. If not, the 2019 season will go exactly as the critics expect.