How Super Bowl 57 Officiating Crew Might Impact NFL Betting

How Super Bowl 57 Officiating Crew Might Impact NFL Betting
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The NFL is going with one of its longest-tenured referees in the league’s biggest game, with veteran Carl Cheffers tabbed to call Super Bowl LVII in Glendale.

Cheffers has been an NFL official since 2000 and is officiating his third Big Game, previously refereeing Super Bowls LII and LV.

The longtime NFL official is the league’s second-longest tenured referee, behind Jerome Boger, and is known for his penchant for tossing the yellow flag early and often during the games he calls. looked into Cheffers’ statistics as a referee to see how it might impact Arizona online sportsbooks during the Super Bowl.

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Carl Cheffers’ Penalty Stats for 2022 Season

Category Rank Number
Total Penalties Per Game1st12.59
Total Yards in Penalties Per Game1st109.94
Total Pass Interferences CalledT2nd21

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Super Bowl Penalties Shouldn’t Be in Short Supply

One thing those using Arizona sports betting apps to wager on the Super Bowl can likely bank on is Cheffers’ crew will not shy away from calling penalties.

The longtime referee led all NFL officiating crews in total penalties called per game (12.59) and penalties yards per game (109.94) this season, while ranking in a tie for second overall in pass interference penalties called (21).

That could play an outsized role in the outcome of Super Bowl LVII — and in the results of Arizona NFL betting — given how five of the last 10 title games have been decided by single digits.

Cheffers’ Trends During NFL Career

Bettors looking to score an edge come Super Bowl LVII can read the tea leaves on Cheffers to determine how to wager on staples of the contest, such as the game’s total score and who covers the spread.

Of Cheffers’ last 12 playoff games, 10 have failed to clear the over/under, with one hitting it on the dot and another clearing the number outright.

Another trend from the NFL’s second-most tenured referee is underdogs in his games have put up a strong record against the spread, going 42-24-2.

That figure represents the second-best ATS record of any NFL referee during that span. The other stat to remember when Cheffers takes the field for Super Bowl LVII is underdogs are 2-0 straight-up and ATS in the two championship games he’s officiated.

How Betting Favorites Have Fared Historically

In the previous 56 Super Bowls, the betting favorite is 37-19. The gap is narrowing, however, as underdogs have won six of the last 10 Big Games, while covering the spread in seven of the last 10.

The all-time ATS record for Super Bowl favorites is 28-26-2.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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