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Super Bowl Betting Line: Odds and Info for the NFL’s Big Game

Before you know it, it’ll be February and Super Bowl 54 will be upon us. Although it feels like Super Bowl 53 just happened, the odds to win the NFL’s big game will be released faster than you can say “Bill Belichick”. If you’re looking for information and betting previews, Odds Shark’s got you covered with the type of bets you can make, and tutorials on each one so you can make smart picks.

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What is the Betting Line on the Super Bowl?

A betting line is the set of odds given to any particular sporting event, in this case, the Super Bowl. It is set by oddsmakers at the sportsbook based on different factors such as how teams have performed in the past and current injuries.

The betting line for the NFL’s most watched game is usually released a week before Super Bowl Sunday. However, the line could move at any point during the week leading up to the match. For instance, if a key player is seen limping during practice, oddsmakers will move the line to accommodate for the possibility that this guy won’t be playing or will be playing hurt.

Another reason the line could move is to create even betting action on both sides. Let’s say the New Orleans Saints are facing off against the Indianapolis Colts as they did in Super Bowl 44. If the public is heavily betting on Indy, bookmakers will move the lines slightly to ensure that there is equal action available for Nola’s team.

Betting Options for the Super Bowl

When it comes to betting on the big game, there are three forms of straight bets which you need to know about leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

Moneyline

As one of the most common methods of betting, a moneyline bet is simply deciding which team will win the game outright. The team you choose does not have to win by a certain amount – they just have to win. This kind of bet can be very rewarding with a great payout if you predict an upset and bet on the underdog.

For example, let’s pretend the Dallas Cowboys are squaring off against the Oakland Raiders – you never know! Odds would look something like this:

Cowboys -115

Raiders +105

In this scenario, the Cowboys are favored and the Raiders are the underdogs. You can always tell which is which because the fave is represented by the minus sign (-) and the dog has the plus sign (+). If you were to bet $60 on Dallas and they won, you’d get a payout of $112.17 – your original $60 is returned along with your winnings of $52.17.

On the other hand, a winning bet on Oakland would give you $123 – you get your $60 back and you collect $63.

Our Odds Calculator can help you find out what you’d win based on the amount you bet.

Point Spread

The point spread is a common bet for the Super Bowl. For this type of wager, you’re not betting on a winner, you’re betting on how much a team will win or lose by. Essentially, the spread allows for a 50/50 chance of winning your wager. Spreads generally range from 3 to 10 points and give the underdog an advantage before the game even begins.

For example, the Super Bowl 53 opening line was set with the New England Patriots at -1 and the Los Angeles Rams at +1. This means that the Rams are awarded 1 point before the game. For those betting on New England, the Patriots will have to win by 2 points or more to win their bet. For those betting on LA, the Rams need to either win the game, or lose by only 1 point.

Totals

Also known as OVER/UNDER, this type of bet requires you to decide if the total score will be less or more than the oddsmaker’s set number. The betting site you choose will generate a number based on how they think the game will play out. In Super Bowl wagering specifically, these projected numbers can range from the 30s to the 60s.

Totals odds for a fictional Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears and the Buffalo Bills could bet set at 57.5. If you believe the combined score for both teams will be 58 points or more, then you would bet the OVER. If you think it’ll be 57 or less, you would take the UNDER.

Generally, Super Bowl totals are set with a decimal. However, there are rare cases where the oddsmaker will set the total without the point five (.5). If the number was 57 and the combined score was 57, you would simply get your money back. This is called a PUSH.

Parlay Betting

Parlays combine a minimum of two wagers into one. These can contain multiple point spreads or totals, you can throw a moneyline in there too. This type of bet is considered riskier because the bettor must be correct on each wager or the entire stake will be lost.

Teasers

Though similar to parlays in the fact that you must have all bets correct to profit, teasers allow you to modify the point spread or totals line to lower your risk level. Teasers usually start at 6 points and can go as high as 15 points depending on the sports betting site you’re betting with.

Prop Betting

The Super Bowl is the king of prop bets. These are wagers that are not directly related to the outcome of the game. Widely considered to be a fun bet, props can be placed on just about anything related to the big game, like the coin toss. You can also bet on how long it will take to sing the national anthem and what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach.

Futures

These are bets you make based on outcomes that will occur in time. At the beginning of the NFL season, the most common future odds you’ll see is which team will win the Super Bowl. Once the two teams have been decided, you’ll see futures for the Super Bowl MVP award winner.

Futures odds would look something like this:

Kansas City Chiefs -800

Green Bay Packers +600

Or for MVP, they would look something like this:

Patrick Mahomes -150

Tyreek Hill -225

Aaron Rodgers +130

Davante Adams +220

Live Betting

The Super Bowl betting line isn’t reserved for the time leading up to the game. You’ll also find live betting lines throughout the matchup. Since most bettors have their smartphone or computer with them while watching the game, live betting has become more and more popular. Live betting is basically play-by-play betting, where you can place bets on each drive and even attempt to predict the outcome of each play.

You can make picks on things like:

• Will Jared Goff throw an interception?

• Will the next play end in a touchdown?

Betting Tips for the Super Bowl

1. If you can find value on betting the underdog, you’ll clean up. However, you shouldn’t bet on them blindly. Do your research and only place your bet after looking at both sides thoroughly.

2. As his wife once quipped, Tom Brady cannot both throw and catch the ball, so don’t expect miracles every time the Pats reach the Super Bowl. Yes, the quarterback won six of his nine appearances but lest we forget, he and his team dropped three big games to what were considered lesser opponents (New York Giants twice and Philadelphia Eagles once).

3. Keep up to date with Betting News to ensure you have all the facts when placing your bets. Odds Shark has previews, consensus data, standings, and stats to help you handicap your bets. We also have free picks.

4. Watch your wallet, otherwise you may not have enough in the can to make all the bets you want. Bankroll management is key when it comes to a big game like the Super Bowl. You only have until the last moments before kickoff to lock in your pre-game wagers and if you bet too much money you won’t have any left over to bet live while the match is in progress.

5. The Super Bowl isn’t always a high scoring affair so keep this in mind when betting totals and spreads. Super Bowl 53 ended with a score of 13-3 which was the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history, because the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams were both in top form.

The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting betting events of the year. There is no shortage of wagering available with exciting bets to get involved in. Check back here for updated odds and NFL news so when you hit the sportsbook, you’re all set to make smart picks.

Super Bowl Betting Options

When it comes to betting on the Super Bowl, there are three forms of straight bets which you need to know about leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

Moneyline

As one of the easiest and most common methods of Super Bowl betting, a moneyline bet is simply deciding which team will win the Super Bowl. The team you select does not have to win by a certain amount – they just have to win. Moneyline bets can be very rewarding with a great payout if you predict an upset and bet on the underdog. 

For example, the opening line is set for Super Bowl 53 and has the Patriots at -115 and the Rams at -105. This means the Patriots are favored, and you'll need to wager $115 to win $100. Meanwhile, the Rams are the slight underdogs, and a $105 wager will result in a $100 payout. 

Point Spread

The point spread is a common bet for intermediate Super Bowl bettors. Essentially, the spread allows for a 50/50 chance of winning your wager. Point spreads generally range from 3 to 10 points and essentially give the underdog team an advantage before the Super Bowl even begins.

For example, the Super Bowl 53 opening line was set with the Patriots (-1) and the Rams (+1). This means that the Patriots are favored, and the Rams are 1-point underdogs and are awarded 1 point before the game even begins. For those betting on New England, the Patriots will have to win by 2 points or more to win their bet, and for those betting on LA, the Rams need to either win the game, or lose by only 1 point (which would result in a PUSH and bettors getting their money back).  

Totals

(Also known as OVER/UNDER) When betting the totals, the oddsmaker will generate a number based on how they think the game will play out. In Super Bowl betting specifically, these projected numbers can range from the 30s to 60s. To bet on the totals, you have to choose if you think the total number of points in the Super Bowl will be OVER or UNDER the oddsmaker’s selected number. 

For example, the oddsmakers are predicting a total of 57.5 in Super Bowl 53 between the Patriots and the Rams. If the scores of both teams result in 56, let’s say, the total would have gone UNDER, and bettors who chose the UNDER will have won. 

Types of NFL Bets Offered

The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting betting events of the year, and there is no lack of betting types and exciting entertainment bets to get involved in. 

Parlays

One of the riskier and most popular types of Super Bowl bets, parlays combine a minimum of two wagers into one, and can contain multiple point spread or totals wagers. What makes this type of bet risky is the fact that the bettor must be correct on each wager or the entire stake will be lost. 

Teasers

Though similar to parlays in the fact that you must have all bets correct to profit, teasers allow you to modify the point spread or totals line to lower your risk level. Teasers start at usually six points and can go as high as 15 points depending on the sports betting site. 

Live Betting

Since most bettors have their smartphone or computer with them while watching a game, live betting has become more and more popular. Live Super Bowl betting is extremely popular, and is basically play-by-play betting, where you can place bets on each drive and even attempt to predict the outcome of each play. 

Props

The Super Bowl is the king of prop bets. Proposition bets are wagers that are not directly related to the outcome of the game. Widely considered to be a ‘fun’ bet, prop bets can be placed on just about anything related to the game. Check out our props section for more info. 

Futures

Futures are bets on how a team might fare over the entire season. The most common Super Bowl future is selecting which team will win the Super Bowl, but at the beginning of the season. Another popular option is the Super Bowl MVP award winner.