Does losing the big game stick with a team all the way through to the next season?
Since Super Bowl XXXIV the team that lost the Super Bowl has bombed in Week 1, winning just five of 15 games and bleeding losses to the tune of 2-13 ATS.
Check out the chart below.
Super Bowl winners have gone 13-2 straight up and 9-5-1 against the spread in the first week of action the next season – though recent spread trends are not as strong for the reigning champs, with a 2-4 ATS record in the past six seasons.
The New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl last season, start the season on Thursday night and are currently 7-point favorites when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Seattle Seahawks will visit their NFC West rivals, the St. Louis Rams, on Sunday while currently being listed as a 4-point road favorite.
|SB||Winner||Week 1||Loser||Week 1|
|48||Seahawks||W – W||Broncos||W – L|
|47||Ravens||L – L||49ers||W – W|
|46||Giants||L – L||Patriots||W – W|
|45||Packers||W – W||Steelers||L – L|
|44||Saints||W – L||Colts||L – L|
|43||Steelers||W – L||Cardinals||L – L|
|42||Giants||W – W||Patriots||W – L|
|41||Colts||W – W||Bears||L – L|
|40||Steelers||W – W||Seahawks||W – L|
|39||Patriots||W – W||Eagles||L – L|
|38||Patriots||W – P||Panthers||L – L|
|37||Buccaneers||W – W||Raiders||L – L|
|36||Patriots||W – W||Rams||L – L|
|35||Ravens||W – W||Giants||L – L|
|34||Rams||W – L||Titans||L – L|
|33||Broncos||L – L||Falcons||L – W|
|32||Broncos||W – L||Packers||W – W|
|31||Packers||W – L||Patriots||W – W|
|30||Cowboys||L – L||Steelers||L – L|
|13-2 SU, 9-5-1 ATS||5-10 SU, 2-13 ATS|