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Super Bowl 53 Referee Betting Stats

John Parry Super Bowl 53 Referee New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams

When betting something as big as the Super Bowl, you’ve got to have all of your handicapping bases covered and part of that requires knowledge of the folks in stripes that call the game. That’s why I’m here to talk about John Parry, who has been assigned as referee for Super Bowl 53.

Now, by no means are you supposed to place a wager based purely off of referee stats and info, but it certainly should be taken into account to a degree, especially in the wake of some referee controversy during Conference Championship Sunday.

A couple of things should be noted that I’ll get to in this article: the Rams are undefeated when Parry is referee and no referee has penalized the Patriots more this season. These are two things that bettors should be aware of but, again, not fuel for solely making one wager or another.

Another thing that should be noted is that it is not Parry’s regular-season crew that is working the Super Bowl. The umpire, field judge, back judge, etc. are all pulled from different crews.

2018 Regular-Season Numbers

Parry officiated 15 regular-season games with favorites going 11-4 straight up and a profitable 9-5-1 against the spread. Furthermore, the OVER went 9-6 in those 15 games.

Parry worked one Patriots game during the regular season, which was their Week 15 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Parry and crew flagged the Pats for the most penalties called against them in any game this season (14; nine on offense, three on defense, two on special teams) with the only other instance of a double-digit flag count occurring in Week 12 at the New York Jets (11).

Parry and crew worked one regular-season Rams game and one postseason Rams game.

In Week 13, the Rams beat the Lions 30-16 as 10-point favorites. In that game, the Rams, one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL, were whistled for seven penalties (two on offense, four on defense, one on special teams).

In the playoffs, Parry worked the divisional-round game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys. The Rams won 30-22 as 7-point chalk and were flagged just four times (three on defense, one on special teams).

But the Rams winning both SU and ATS is part of the greater picture involving Parry.

Rams Unbeaten in Parry Games

In seven games spanning both the regular season and postseason, the Rams have gone 7-0 SU and ATS when Parry is referee. As for the total, UNDER has the slight edge at 3-4 O/U.

As mentioned above, Parry worked two games this season with one coming in the regular season and one in that divisional-round game against the Cowboys.

Last season, the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 26-20, covering as 2.5-point faves. In 2015, the Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-22 as 7-point road underdogs. Those are the recent games, but the numbers date back to 2008, Parry’s second season as an NFL referee.

As for the Pats, Parry has worked 14 games with New England going 9-5 SU and 7-7 ATS. The OVER/UNDER in those games is 9-5.

Parry’s Playoff Numbers

Parry has worked a total of seven playoff games with favorites going 4-3 SU and 3-3-1 ATS and the O/U count sitting at 4-3 in those seven games.

He’s also worked one Super Bowl, which featured – you guessed it – the New England Patriots.

You have to go back to Super Bowl 46 in 2012 which was a 21-17 win for the New York Giants. The Pats were 3-point chalk in that game with the total finishing well below the closing number of 53.

As stated, this is not intended to sway you one way or another. For example, don’t bet a side because they are unbeaten SU and ATS with a referee working their games. This is information presented so you don’t have to do the work and the results can be used for your capping or dismissed.

But, in this humble writer’s opinion, at least, it’s good to be familiar with the folks who officiate games.