The two weeks between the NFL Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl is always a great time for bettors to peruse the many options for betting on the big game. There are ample prop bets available, the point spread, money line and of course the point total.
Props include betting on what score each team will have, who scores first or how many rushing yards a particular player will have.
Last season, the Seahawks to win by 22 points or more was 12 to 1.
The first play resulting in a score being a safety went off at 35 to 1. Surprisingly, both cashed.
There are countless props for stats including passing yards, rushing yards, interceptions, touchdown passes, sacks and more.
There has yet to be overtime in the previous 48 Super Bowls. That can be however bet on, if the game will end in overtime.
The biggest single sporting event in the U.S. brings out creativity in the odds makers. Smart bettors will sift through the props, and side bets trying to find where the edge is. Since 1976 and Super Bowl X that featured the Cowboys and Steelers, the point total has been OVER 23 times and UNDER 16 times.
The overs have dominated and one reason is teams with the lead are not as likely to sit on the bowl during the second half. If a team has a 14 to 20 point lead at half during the regular season, they might play conservative to run the clock down and to avoid any injuries.
However, during the postseason, each game is potentially the last and the Super Bowl is definitely the last therefore no lead is ever enough.
Often times new plays or even trick plays are put into the game plan to maximize every possibly scoring opportunity.
Despite there being a large number of overs, the importance of the defense cannot be overlooked.
Last year, Seattle won the title thanks to incredible defense despite being an underdog in the Super Bowl to Denver’s record setting offense.
High scoring teams like Green Bay and New Orleans lost in the divisional playoffs three years ago, but defensive minded Baltimore and New York reached the conference championships
Key numbers will enter the equation as well. Bookmakers are worried about being middled. In 2001, St. Louis was a 7- to 7.5-point favorite versus Tennessee. The Rams won 23-16.
This year’s game will feature the up-tempo New England Patriots offense and that dreaded defense for the Seattle Seahawks. It should be another tough decision for the bettors.