Looking at Accomplished Players Most Deserving of First Super Bowl Ring

Looking at Accomplished Players Most Deserving of First Super Bowl Ring
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The NFL Playoffs start Saturday, and 10 of the 14 franchises in this year’s party have won Super Bowls.

The Buffalo Bills are not one of those franchises. The Bills made Super Bowls 25 through 28 and lost all four. They were outscored by a total of 139-73 in those games. Wonder if that history factors into the Bills Super Bowl odds?

With New York sports betting in full swing, EmpireStakes.com utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com to look at the best players currently active in the NFL who never have won a Super Bowl. By utilizing the site’s Hall of Fame Monitor, we were able to determine the most deserving players to win the 2024 Super Bowl. Here are the players that are thirsty for a ring: 

Players Most Deserving of Super Bowl Ring

RankPlayerHOF Monitor Rating
1 WR Julio Jones (Eagles)108.30
2 OG Zack Martin (Cowboys)88.68
3 CB Patrick Peterson (Steelers)84.80
4 OT Tyron Smith (Cowboys)73.15
5 DT Cameron Heyward (Steelers)61.78
6 OT Trent Williams (49ers)61.45
7 OLB T.J. Watt (Steelers)57.93
8 OG Joel Bitonio (Browns)43.43
9 WR Stefon Diggs (Bills)41.90
10 DE Myles Garrett (Browns)39.45

This list is compiled by EmpireStakes.com and does not appear on any NY betting apps.

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Bills’ Diggs a Deserving Veteran

Bills veteran wide receiver Stephon Diggs lands ninth on the top 10 list with a Hall of Fame Monitor Rating of 41.90. For comparison, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Julio Jones tops the list with a HOF Monitor Rating of 108.30. Jones has played in 166 games with 914 catches for 13,703 yards and 66 career TDs.

Diggs will be making his eighth playoff appearance for the Bills in the last four years and 13th overall, having made the postseason with the Minnesota Vikings five times (2015, 2017, 2019). In those playoff appearances, Diggs has 59 receptions for 836 yards with four touchdowns (zero in the last two years).

This season, he has 107 catches for 1,183 yards (five yards away for 10,000 career) for an 11.1 yards per catch average with eight TDs. However, in his last five games, he has only 24 receptions for 214 yards and no scores.

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Bet MGM Odds on Steelers at Bills

The second-seeded Bills, the AFC East Division champion, will host the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Wild Card game Sunday (CBS, 1 p.m.). BetMGM NY has the Bills as an overwhelming 10-point and -550 moneyline favorite over the Steelers (+400). The game's over/under total is 44 points.

Meanwhile, the state’s top operator, FanDuel NY, lists the Bills (+650) as its third choice to win the Super Bowl, behind the San Francisco 49ers (+220) and Baltimore Ravens (+320).

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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