NFL referee Carl Cheffers is officiating Super Bowl 57. He’ll lead an experienced group of officials at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The action kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
Cheffers is the vice president of the NFC Referee Association. The 23-year veteran came into the NFL as a side judge in 2000 before becoming a referee in 2008. Cheffers, 62, has been the Super Bowl referee in two of the last three Super Bowls, and three of the last six. It marks the first time in over 30 years an NFL referee has been asked to officiate a Super Bowl twice in a three-year span.
Cheffers’ postseason experience offers sports bettors some angles to consider.
Let’s take a look at some betting trends for Cheffers and this group of Super Bowl referees.
Who Are the Referees for the Super Bowl?
Cheffers leads a group of experienced NFL officials in Super Bowl 57. Here’s the complete crew:
Referee: Carl Cheffers
Umpire: Roy Ellison
Down Judge: Jerod Phillips
Line Judge: Jeff Bergman
Field Judge: John Jenkins
Side Judge: Eugene Hall
Back Judge: Dino Paganelli
Replay Official: Mark Butterworth
Betting Trends for Super Bowl Referee Carl Cheffers
A few notable trends have emerged ahead of Super Bowl 57.
Cheffers has been the lead referee in 12 playoff games since 2010. The Under is 11-1 in those 12 games, going below the closing line total by an average of 13 points. He most recently officiated the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills matchup in this year’s AFC Divisional Round. The Bengals won 27-10 for a total of 37 points. The closing line total was 48.5.
Betting underdogs against the spread has been a profitable strategy in Cheffers’ games. The underdog has gone 42-24-2 ATS since 2019, good for a 63.6% success rate. If you’d bet $100 on the underdog at -110 juice in each Cheffers matchup, you’d be up $1,560. Not too shabby!
Cheffers and his crew are most notable for being the league leader in penalties called per game during the 2022 season. Cheffers’ crew threw the flag 214 times across 17 regular season games. That works out to 14.3 penalties per game for an average of 110 total yards. Both totals were the highest in the NFL in 2022.
Super Bowl Betting Trends Favor the Under
It’s hard to ignore Cheffers’ history of totals going Under the number by a wide margin. 11-1 across 12 games by almost two touchdowns is significant. If you read my NFL betting strategy at the beginning of the season, you know I’m a big fan of betting the Under.
What makes this angle even juicier? Another Super Bowl trend favors the Under in games with totals of 50 points or more. There have been 13 Super Bowls that closed with totals of 50+ points, with the Under going 9-3-1 ATS. The total for Super Bowl 57 sits at a consensus of 50.5 points. That’s a lofty number, even for two high-powered offenses like the Chiefs and Eagles.