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The National Football League is the biggest, best-loved, and most famous of the various American Football franchises. The top fixtures attract millions of followers worldwide, with the capacity crowds packed inside visually stunning arenas boosted by armchair fans watching the play live on television worldwide.
Each season provides supporters with countless moments of joy, drama, and even fear. But there can be no denying which game is the main attraction – the Super Bowl. It’s the biggest sporting event on the planet after the soccer World Cup final in viewing figures, and it’s coming around again. Are you ready?
The season-defining match is played in February each year following the conclusion of the regular season and playoff games. The last two teams meet on neutral ground to decide the sport’s best team. The honor’s list and reel of past winners read like a who’s who of American Football, but predicting the Super Bowl champion is no mean feat.
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Boost your chances
Some fans like to pick the team they expect to win the Super Bowl when the final pairing is decided. Others prefer to get in early and demonstrate their knowledge by choosing the champion before game one of the campaign. The earlier you select a winner, the more credit you’ll recieve if things go to plan. But how do you successfully predict which team will lift the trophy?
Calling the Super Bowl champion is tricky, especially when deciding to show your hand early. But you can do a few things to boost your chances of making the correct prediction. Many experienced football fans choose to place their trust in the stats to help lead them to a team worth supporting. It isn’t a full-proof plan, and there’s no guaranteed way to tell which team will win this year’s Super Bowl, but the big-game trends lead to more correct predictions than you might think.
How do you use the trends to improve your chances of correctly predicting the winner of the next Super Bowl and in future seasons? Keep reading as we bring you up to speed on which trends are worth attention and how the numbers can increase your success rate.
Patriots and Steelers battle for supremacy
You can’t buy experience. It’s an old saying in sports and is as accurate today as it ever was. That’s why many football fans like to side with the most experienced teams. Those who have enjoyed the bulk of Super Bowl success over the years. And they don’t come any more successful than the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots and Steelers currently share the title as the NFL’s most successful teams, having won six times each. New England is the team to beat, edging Pittsburgh, but only on games contested. NE has won the Super Bowl six times and lost the deciding match on five occasions. Pittsburgh’s honors list shows they, too, have six Super Bowl wins and two defeats.
Supporting the Patriots or Steelers in pre-season will give you a run for your money. These sides regularly make it to the playoffs and have the experience to challenge for the Super Bowl. Will we see either contest in the next big match? New England’s most recent Super Bowl win came in 2018, with Pittsburgh’s most recent success coming in 2010.
Recent champions and teams to watch
Now that we know the two most successful teams in the Super Bowl let’s narrow the scope and focus on the most recent champions. Which teams have been successful over the last decade and are talented enough to keep coming back for more?
New England has played in four of the last ten Super Bowls, making them the most successful team during that brief snapshot of history. They appear ahead of the Rams, Chiefs, 49ers, Falcons, Broncos, and Seattle, who have all contested two finals in the same period. Keep these sides in mind when predicting the next Super Bowl champion.
The next Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, 12th February, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Kansas City Chiefs play the Philadelphia Eagles, with the former a hot favorite with many respected pundits to clinch their third title.