The Vince Lombardi Trophy — one of the most recognizable and cherished pieces of hardware in professional sports — is awarded to the Super Bowl champion each year. In 2017, the National Football League celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, which was first played on Jan. 15, 1967. That season, Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 to claim the trophy for the first time. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for most Super Bowl titles with six.
However, the New England Patriots are narrowing the gap as the franchise has five Super Bowl championships — its last coming in 2017 when future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady led the club to their second crown in three seasons. The Steelers dominated in the 1970s, winning four of their six championships within a five-year period.
The Super Bowl transcends football. The halftime show attracts viewers; so do the commercials on Super Bowl Sunday. Most of all, it’s now one of the most single-sport betting events in North America.
Online sportsbooks gear up for the yearly NFL championship, enticing bettors with traditional wagers such as money line, point spread and over/under odds. However, various sportsbooks also offer intriguing props bets from which team will win the coin flip to what color will the Gatorade be when it’s poured on the winning coach. Traditional and even non-football fans put their money down on prop bets every year.
Super Bowl Sports Betting Odds
You’ll find all the betting odds for the Super Bowl below so make sure you evaluate what will suit your needs best. Are you interested in prop bets, over/under, moneyline?
Like regular bets, it’s always best to place prop bets early. Sportsbooks will adjust those numbers as well, depending on which way the action is headed once the lines open. Making your decisions at the inceptions of those lines ensures you get the best possible odds.
Super Bowl LI Online Betting Tips
It’s hard to bet against Tom Brady. Many thought the end was near for the 40-year-old pivot, who guided the Pats to their fifth Super Bowl crown in 2016. Can Brady and Co. repeat the same magic in 2017? Many online sportsbooks — including Bovada — seem to think so, as the Patriots enter the season as overwhelming +375 favorites to take home a sixth NFL crown. The Patriots did not open as odds-on favorites a year ago but proved critics wrong by staging an ultimate comeback in the final to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers in the Super Bowl.
The pressure will be on Brady to possibly ride into the sunset as a champion, much like Peyton Manning did in 2015. The Green Bay Packers come in at No. 2 as +750 favorites to win it all. The Packers were highly rated a year ago but injuries halted what was supposed to be a Super Bowl season. Three teams round out the top favorites, as the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders open the season at +1200.
Bettors are always looking for intriguing proposition wagers. Bovada has you covered as the online sportsbook has a slew of prop bets for the 2016-17 season. Think you can name the most valuable player? Tom Brady is the favorite to take the top honors at +450, but consider looking at the players right behind the legendary QB before putting your money down.
Dak Prescott turned heads in 2016, taking the starting job away from Tony Romo and leading the Cowboys to the playoffs. Watch for Prescott to have another huge year in Dallas along with teammate Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott and Elliott are pegged as +1200 and +2000, respectively, to capture most valuable player honors.
The Arizona Cardinals had a disappointing season to say the least, finishing with a 7-8-1 record after being considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2016. Bovada has set an intriguing projected wins total of 8 for the Cardinals. Take the over, which pays -140. The Carolina Panthers missed the playoffs in 2016 only a year after reaching the Super Bowl. Bovada set their total wins projection at 8.5, but look for another disappointing season for Cam Newton and the Panthers. An under wager pays out at +145.
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