PRESENTING: Gregor The Greek's Super Bowl LIII pick

New feature on NFL betting; Gregor The Greek's a real guy, folks, and a trusted guru when it comes to football wagering

By Ed Meyer

How should you bet Super Bowl LIII?

This will be a new Browns Maven feature on the multi-billion-dollar football betting industry, and there’s no better place to start it than the biggest game of the year.

First, some perspective on how much money we bet on the NFL.

According to the latest figures from a 2018 Yahoo Finance estimate on Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 as Nick Foles won the Most Valuable Player award, Americans were expected to lay down the tidy sum of $4.7 billion -- 97 percent of that record total bet illegally.

Super Bowl LIII week, according to a story published Thursday in Long Island’s Newsday, has been unlike any before it since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to legalized gambling last May, giving states the right to do as they wish.

When the numbers finally come in this year, the Newsday story says Supe LIII will become “a milestone in the evolution of American sports betting.”

Since I’ve never claimed to be an expert on NFL predictions, I thought I would start this feature by picking the brain of my go-to guy when it comes to sports betting – Gregor the Greek.

Among my friends and confidants, he knows more about football betting than anybody I know.

All I can tell you for now is that Gregor is a real guy, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with sports in his blood. We chose that name, admittedly, from the most famous sports-betting reconteur in history, the late James George Snyder Jr., otherwise known as Jimmy The Greek of CBS-TV sports fame.

So now I present, for the first time, Gregor the Greek’s view on Rams-Patriots in Super Bowl LIII:

Hello, football fans. This is Gregor the Greek, ready to go on how I see your best bet on Super Bowl LIII this Sunday.

The up and coming LA Rams (13-3 in the regular season) play the notorious New England Patriots (11-5), the team that everyone outside of the New England area loves to hate.

This is the Patriots’ third straight Super Bowl appearance, and they’re gunning for their sixth Super Bowl title overall – all in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

The way I see it, the Rams will struggle to keep this contest close. For the first time in three years, the Patriots will be healthier than in the past two Super Bowls.

That means Gronk, Edelman and Brady, along with the offensive and defensive lines, are ready to go. Rookie running back Sony Michel also should add another dimension to the Patriots’ running game.

The defense has improved throughout the season and should be able to shut down Jared Goff, his receivers and the highly touted Todd Gurley, who was practically a no-show against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

So, grab your Kleenex and wipe away your tears, Patriot haters, as they march to their second Super Bowl victory in the last three years!

Bottom line, the physicality of the Patriots (3-point favorites) will eventually wear down the Rams, and the Patriots will cover the spread easily to the tune of 36-23!

Enjoy the game with family and friends.

Peace out, Gregor the Greek.

[Please stay tuned on this site for his weekly NFL predictions in 2019.]