- At this year’s Super Bowl, referee Carl Cheffers will lead his team of eight officials including Fred Bryan, Rusty Baynes, and the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl Sarah Thomas.
- Betting odds for which team to commit the most penalties are now available, with the Kansas City Chiefs as the favorite at -140.
TAMPA, Fla. – The power that the referees hold in a modern game of NFL football is an often-criticized aspect of the most popular sport in the USA.
After all, one missed call can easily turn to the tide of a game and give a team a pivotal advantage.
Any sports bettor has been on their fair share of wrong calls, and this year, those betting on Super Bowl 55 will be hoping to avoid any controversy.
The referee team at this year’s Super Bowl will be led by Carl Cheffers. Cheffers has 21 years of experience under his belt and will lead a team of eight officials throughout the game Sunday.
That team includes 16-year veteran James Coleman, 15-year man Dino Paganelli, Fred Bryan, Rusty Baynes, Eugene Hall, Dino Paganelli, James Coleman, Sarah Thomas, and replay official Mike Wimmer.
Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl with her appearance on Sunday. The NFL chooses its Super Bowl officials based on a series of qualifications including experience and performance during the season.
So what does this mean for those looking to bet on Super Bowl LV?
With anything, there are betting trends to analyze. That includes the officials, who have their own trend of results developing over their careers.
Head referee Carl Cheffers has led nine postseason games in his career, including Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
In those games, the Under has hit eight of the nine times, with the Super Bowl being the one outlier. This means that the Under, which currently sits at 56.6 points, could be the play for Super Bowl Sunday.
However, some legal sports betting sites are offering even more specific plays dealing directly with the penalties in the game.
Team to Commit Most Accepted Penalties
- Kansas City -140
- Tampa Bay +110
In the 2020 regular season, the Chiefs committed and were charged with 115 penalties for 1006 total yards. The Buccaneers in comparison were penalized 96 times for 809 total yards, which is a significant amount less.
With the referee crew calling the game close, the games have tended to go Under. This benefits the Buccaneers, who are naturally a less penalized team than Kansas City.
Bettors looking to wager on total penalty yards should lean towards the over, which is currently set at total of 80.5 yards.
Added Game Props – Combined Penalty Yards in Game
- Over 80½ Combined Penalty YDS -150
- Under 80½ Combined Penalty YDS +120
Now, those looking to work this with their favor can find a unique Super Bowl game prop that offers the team with the most penalty yards to also win the game.
Added Game Props – Team With Most Penalty Yards Wins the Game
- No -130
- Yes +100
Those looking to bet that the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl while being the more penalized team can find perfectly even money via these odds.
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