It’s finally here! Super Bowl LIV is coming soon and with it comes a mad rush of recreational bettors. Each year, the Super Bowl is the sporting event that receives the most betting action in the United States.
While too many novice bettors simply place “feel good” bets, it helps if you understand Super Bowl odds and do some homework.
With less than two weeks until game day, you can learn the basics of Super Bowl betting and increase your chances of success. You can also have some fun with proposition bets, or prop bets as they are more commonly known. These bets have nothing to do with the outcome of the game and include bets such as which team will score first.
THE BASICS OF NFL BETTING
The 2019 season began with NFL futures odds, which are offered from the late summer through the preseason and even each week of the regular season. To play, bettors pick the team they think will win and place a wager.
This season, the Kansas City Chiefs were among the favorites to win checking in at +600. New England, which lost in the first round of the AFC playoffs, was the presumptive favorite at +400 having won the Lombardi Trophy last season.
The 49ers, Kansas City’s Super Bowl LIV opponent, will be making some bettors happy should they win. San Francisco’s odds to win prior to the season were +4000.
Moneyline bets are essentially a wager placed on a team to win straight up. The Super Bowl favorite, Kansas City in this case, has moneyline odds expressed as -125. Underdog moneylines are expressed as +100, as in the case of San Francisco.
These numbers correspond to the different payouts based on a $100. For example, a bettor must place $125 on the Chiefs in order to win $100. In the case of San Francisco, a $100 bet will win $100. If the 49ers were given a moneyline of +350, the same $100 bet would payout $350.
Oftentimes, sportsbooks will not put out moneyline odds on heavy favorites. That was the case in Super Bowl III when the old Baltimore Colts were 18-point favorites over the New York Jets. Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed a win. He was right and so were the bookies!
Betting the point spread involves picking a team to “cover” the number of points taken from the favorite and given to the underdog. For example, in Super Bowl III the favored Colts were giving 18 points to the Jets.
A winning bet on the Colts would have needed Baltimore to win by 19. A bet on the underdog simply required the Jets to lose by fewer than 18 points.
The opening line on Super Bowl LIV has Kansas City as a 1.5-point favorite. These lines will adjust prior to kickoff and bettors must stay on top of those lines.
Betting the point spread requires some homework. For example, it may be helpful for bettors to know that Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is 27-8 as the team’s starter. The eight losses he has experienced were by a total of 36 points and Mahomes has never lost a game by more than seven points.
One of the easier Super Bowl bets is on the Totals, or the Over/Under. Bettors wager on the number of points that will be scored by both teams combined. The Over/Under is expressed as a number, like this year’s which is set at 55.
Both Kansas City and San Francisco can put up points, but will both teams score in the high 20s? Last year’s game set a record for the fewest points scored as New England beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Like point spread bets, Totals bets normally have payoff odds of -110.
SUPER BOWL PROP BETS
Super Bowl prop betting is in a world of its own.
There will be bets on whether the coin toss is a head or a tail. Which team will win the coin toss? Will they choose to defer? Each of these will be a proposition bet from which to choose.
Other prop bets will include how long the national anthem – to be sung by Demi Lovato – will last. Another will be what song Jennifer Lopez will sing first at halftime. If it sounds ridiculous but if it involves Super LIV, then it’s probably a prop bet.
WHERE TO BET SUPER BOWL LIV
If you made it this far, you are ready to place your bets. Why leave now? Stay right here with the experts at Scores & Stats and place your Super Bowl LIV bets. You will find the best and most current lines and odds available, game previews, and even a free prediction. There’s nowhere else you’d rather be!
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.