Super Bowl odds have seen many shockers through the years but none as big as the Super Bowl betting upset win of the New York Jets in Super Bowls III. There have been no greater underdogs with the Super Bowl odds than the 1968 New York Jets, who were whopping 18-point Super Bowl betting dogs against the mighty Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
If ever there was a game to remember with the NFL Super Bowl odds this one was it! The Jets entered Super Bowl odds action as champions of the American Football League, which is now known as the AFC.
The AFL Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders suffered blowout losses to the Super Bowl odds in the first two games of this series and that added to the perception of the AFL being an inferior product with the Super Bowl odds.
The Colts were 13-1 and easily won the championship of the National Football League, whose teams now comprise the NFC. With such a dominant record in what was considered to be the far superior league it was easy to understand why the Colts were the chalk.
But those handicapping the Super Bowl odds ignored the fact that the Jets had a strong defense that was one of the best in the AFL and a unit that was getting better by the week heading into action with the Super Bowl odds.
They also ignored the fact that Baltimore’s offense was not all that explosive and that their running game was not the equal of the Jets. The media hype of how the Colts would blow out the Jets for an easy payoff with the Super Bowl odds was simply overwhelming. Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a Jets win and was laughed at as a buffoon.
For gamblers that handicapped with the newspapers it was a disaster of a day. For those who did their homework they knew that the wrong team might be favored and that the Jets were a formidable dog as proven by their 16-7 win that was never in doubt.
This shocker may have been 41 years ago but the handicapping lessons stand the test of time. Don’t bet with media hype unless you don’t mind losing…BIG!