Super Bowl betting fans had to figure out teams from two different leagues when betting the Super Bowl odds in those years and overcome a lot of hype in the process. In those first four Super Bowl betting matchups the conventional wisdom was that the teams from the established National Football League were far superior to the teams from the American Football League.
And that reputation was reflected on the Super Bowl odds as the NFL team was always a double-digit Super Bowl gambling favorite over the AFL team in all four of the initial Super Bowl betting matchups.
The Green Bay Packers fulfilled conventional Super Bowl betting wisdom in the first two championship games as they blew out the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl betting matchup as 14-point favorites.
The Packers maintained the Super Bowl betting reputations of themselves, the NFL and the AFL with a 33-14 win over the Oakland Raiders as 13.5-point chalks in Super Bowl II. Green Bay’s Super Bowl betting dominance only enhanced the public perception of the NFL being a superior league to the AFL.
In Super Bowl III the 13-1 Baltimore Colts were whopping 18-point favorites against the AFL’s New York Jets. Nobody gave the Jets a chance and the Super Bowl betting dollars flowed Baltimore’s way. But the Jets provided the first ever Super Bowl shocker with a convincing 16-7 win that stunned the football world.
The following year the Kansas City Chiefs got Super Bowl redemption as they were 12-point dogs against the Minnesota Vikings but dominated in a 23-7 win that proved that the AFL was now the equal of the NFL as the two leagues merged into one.
Even from those first four Super Bowls gamblers can learn from the dangers of public perception and not keeping up with the changing times. The AFL was gaining, as those paying attention could see, and should not have been blown off or ignored as it was.