First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

With the city of Philadelphia still celebrating a Super Bowl championship that was 52 years in the making, oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next year’s title tilt.

According to online sportsbook Bovada – which released its opening odds in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s supersized shootout – the Eagles are (+900) to win Super Bowl 53.

Only one team in the NFL offers better odds and that’s the New England Patriots (+400), the runners up in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory. But with the Pats securing a Super Bowl berth in three of the last four seasons – and four out of the last seven for that matter – their placement at the top of the table certainly makes sense.

Even so, it won’t be the same Patriots juggernaut football fans have reckoned with during the Belichick/Brady dynasty. Sure, those two will be back in the fold for 2018, but defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has already been hired away as the new head coach in Detroit, while offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is widely expected to take the head coach position in Indianapolis.

Throw in star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s refusal to recommit for next year during the postgame press conference – following a pair of concussions in a single month – and shutdown corner Malcolm Butler’s inexplicable benching, and the Patriots could be a different team altogether going forward.

As for the Eagles, career backup quarterback turned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will almost certainly be traded. With his stock at an all-time high, and starter Carson Wentz recovering well from his season-ending leg injury, the sparkplug who powered three straight postseason wins as an underdog will likely suit up for another squad next year.

Adding to the intrigue, Philadelphia is currently more than $ 9 million over the salary cap, so roster upheaval is to be expected.

Joining the Eagles as favorites to represent the NFC are the Green Bay Packers (+900), a team which will benefit immensely from the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Pack went 4-1 before Rodgers went down last season, notching impressive wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys before Rodgers’ season was cut short. With a full 16-game schedule to work with, there’s every reason to believe Rodgers’ return will key a renaissance in Green Bay.

From there, the betting board is dominated by NFC contenders, as nine of the top 12 teams per Bovada odds hail from the same conference.

The Minnesota Vikings, who were just one win away from hosting their own Super Bowl, are fourth-best at (+1200).

The Dallas Cowboys, a talented team that took a step back after 2016’s playoff run, could be a bargain at (+1800).

The same can be said for a trio of playoff participants from this season, as the L.A. Rams, the New Orleans Saints, and the Atlanta Falcons can also be backed at (+1800).

In the surprise department, the San Francisco 49ers moved from (+10000) in last year’s post-Super Bowl odds to (+1800) this time around. The addition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo transformed the Niners from a 1-10 doormat into a powerhouse, with San Francisco closing the year on a five-game winning streak.

And speaking of last year’s odds, the Eagles were tabbed as (+5000) longshots this time last year. Bettors looking for a longshot at the same price have the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Giants, Lions, Titans, and Redskins to choose from.

Check below for a full lineup of all 32 teams along with their initial odds to win Super Bowl 53:

Team SB Odds on 2/5/18
New England Patriots +400
Philadelphia Eagles +900
Green Bay Packers +900
Minnesota Vikings +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1400
Dallas Cowboys +1800
L.A. Rams +1800
New Orleans Saints +1800
Atlanta Falcons +1800
San Francisco 49ers +1800
Carolina Panthers +2500
Houston Texans +2500
Seattle Seahawks +2500
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500
Kansas City Chiefs +2800
Denver Broncos +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
L.A. Chargers +3300
Oakland Raiders +3300
Baltimore Ravens +4000
Detroit Lions +5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
Arizona Cardinals +5000
New York Giants +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Washington Redskins +5000
Buffalo Bills +6600
Cincinnati Bengals +6600
Miami Dolphins +6600
New York Jets +6600
Chicago Bears +7500
Cleveland Browns +10000

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Bovada Offering Bonuses and Prop Bets to Celebrate Super Bowl 52

Bovada Offering Bonuses and Prop Bets to Celebrate Super Bowl 52

Just days remain until the New England Patriots defend their title against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52, and the Bovada online sportsbook is rolling out the red carpet for football fans.

To get the Super Sunday festivities started in style, the site is offering $ 250 in bonus funds when making your first deposit. If you’re new to Bovada, simply register your account and begin the deposit process to claim your Welcome Bonus. You’ll score a 50 percent match, up to $ 250, on your initial deposit, providing the perfect supplement for your Super Bowl bankroll.

After securing your free bonus funds, it’s time to pick a side and place your bets on either the Patriots or Eagles to win it all.

New England opened as 6-point favorites a little more than one week back, which is understandable given the pedigree of this Patriots dynasty. But even with five Super Bowl rings to their credit, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady haven’t inspired the betting public just yet.

As of January 31, early betting on Philly has dropped the line to New England (-4.5). That number does come at a cost, however, with the (-115) odds suggesting that a market correction back to (-5) may be in the cards.

As for the Eagles, their (+4.5) point spread offers odds of (-105), so the market seems to have settled for Philadelphia backers.

Moneyline bettors will find the Patriots at (-175), while the Eagles are offering (+155) on the upset. Those numbers opened at (-215) and (+193), respectively, providing further proof that Philly fans are hitting the sportsbook in full force.

The total opened at 47.5 points, but early betting on the Over has nudged the number to 48.5 as of today. But with a (-115) surcharge attached to the Over, expect to see 49 points posted sometime soon.

The Bovada betting board also features hundreds of specialty wagers, ranging from the extra entertainment on hand to prop bets based on player performance.

Serious football fans may be focused on the big game for 60 minutes, but Bovada knows that the Super Bowl is a spectacle unlike any other. To that end, the site spreads several bets that prioritize fun over football, including how the pregame coin toss will land, the color of pop singer Pink’s hair, and the length of her national anthem performance to name just a few.

You can wager on the number of times President Donald Trump will take to Twitter on gameday, with the Over on five tweets set as a (-120) favorite. And with the Eagles second-year standout at quarterback down and out with an injury, Bovada has set the line on announcers mentioning Carson Wentz at 3.5.

Wentz put himself in contention for Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors during the regular season, but it’s backup QB Nick Foles with a (+325) shot to win Super Bowl MVP honors. Of course, with four Super Bowl MVP awards already, Brady is the big-time favorite for this prop bet at (-110).

Brady has won the Lombardi Trophy without claiming MVP status just once, when wide receiver Deion Branch collected 11 catches for 133 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV. On that day, Brady, Branch, and the Patriots defeated none other than the Eagles to take the title, and Bovada offers several bets based around the rematch implications.

The broadcast team will surely show clips from that 24-21 Patriots victory, but with the line set at 2.5 clips, the Over is a dog at (+150).

And if you think New England will wrap up its sixth Super Bowl victory of the Brady/Belichick era, check out the Over of 1.5 (+150) on a prop asking how many times the word “dynasty” will be mentioned during the broadcast.

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Aaron Rodgers Potential Season-Ending Injury Shakes Up Super Bowl 52 Odds

Aaron Rodgers Potential Season-Ending Injury Shakes Up Super Bowl 52 Odds

What a difference a week makes.

On October 10 – two days after Aaron Rodgers tossed yet another last-minute touchdown to secure a comeback win over the Cowboys – the Green Bay Packers were 4-1 and online sportsbook Bovada had them as (+500) second-favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 52.

In fact, Green Bay was rated just below the defending champion New England Patriots (4-2), who offered odds of (+450), to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February.

Today, however, the Packers woke up to an entirely new reality.

After being driven hard into the turf by Anthony Barr of the Minnesota Vikings (4-2), Rodgers broke his right collarbone, dealing a disastrous blow to the Packers’ offense in an eventual 23-10 defeat. And while the result dropped the Packers into a tie with their old rival in the NFC North race, Rodgers’ likely season-ending injury was obviously the most important loss suffered on Sunday.

The gunslinger’s importance to the Packers’ postseason chances – or their shot of making the playoffs at all – was underscored today when the latest Bovada futures odds went public.

Formerly set at 5 to 1, Green Bay’s title odds have ballooned to (+1600).

Three NFC teams are now ahead of the Pack in that regard – the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) at (+850), the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at (+1100), and the Atlanta Falcons (3-2) at (+1400).

Thrust into what had been one of the most secure starting roles in NFL history, backup Brett Hundley – the Packers’ fifth-round draft pick in 2015 – went 18 for 33 passing, with one touchdown to three interceptions. Hundley will obviously benefit from a full week of first-team practice reps, but given the caliber of Green Bay’s upcoming competition, his team may be under .500 within a months’ time.

The Packers host the New Orleans Saints (3-2) on Sunday, a team averaging 29.0 points per game after putting up 52 in last week’s win.

They’ll take a much-needed bye week after that, before hosting the Detroit Lions (3-3) in a crucial NFC North contest played under the Monday Night Football spotlight.

Next up is a trip to Soldier Field to face the surprisingly frisky Chicago Bears (2-4), and while the Packers have already dispatched their nemesis once this season, playing on the road without Rodgers is a different story altogether.

Green Bay fans looking for a shred of hope can at least look back to the 2013 season. That year, after a hot 5-2 start, Rodgers broke his left collarbone and the Packers limped to a 7-7-1 record entering Week 17.

Rodgers returned to play in the pivotal, NFC North deciding game against the Bears, marching his team down the field before throwing a 48-yard game-winning touchdown to send Green Bay to the playoffs.

Accordingly, the bookmakers at Bovada are taking a conservative approach to tabulating Green Bay’s title chances. They’re still ranked higher than the Cowboys (+2200), for example, but struggling teams like the Falcons and Seahawks have now surpassed them in the Super Bowl hunt.

Oddly enough, however, both Atlanta and Seattle saw their respective odds drop as well. Those downward slides are attributable to the Falcons blowing a 17-0 halftime lead against the Miami Dolphins (3-2), and Seattle sitting idle on its bye.

The biggest benefactor of Rodgers going down is, as expected, Minnesota – which currently leads the NFC North over Green Bay by virtue of its head-to-head tiebreaker.

Last week the Vikings held (+3300) odds of winning the Super Bowl, with no less than seven NFC teams – Green Bay, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Carolina, and Detroit – touted more highly.

Today, those odds have been cut to (+2000), and both Dallas and Carolina have fallen behind Minnesota.

In the ultimate team sport, the absence of a single player isn’t supposed to create such drastic swings – but then again, there’s only one Aaron Rodgers.

The table below compares every NFL team’s odds of winning Super Bowl 52 from last Tuesday to today:

Team SB Odds on 10/10 Team SB Odds on 10/16
New England Patriots +450 New England Patriots +450
Green Bay Packers +500 Pittsburgh Steelers +800
Kansas City Chiefs +650 Kansas City Chiefs +850
Seattle Seahawks +1000 Philadelphia Eagles +850
Philadelphia Eagles +1000 Seattle Seahawks +1100
Atlanta Falcons +1200 Atlanta Falcons +1400
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200 Green Bay Packers +1600
Dallas Cowboys +2000 Minnesota Vikings +2000
Denver Broncos +2000 Dallas Cowboys +2200
Carolina Panthers +2200 Denver Broncos +2500
Detroit Lions +3300 Carolina Panthers +2500
Minnesota Vikings +3300 L.A. Rams +2500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4000 Houston Texans +2800
Houston Texans +4000 Detroit Lions +3300
Tennessee Titans +5000 Washington Redskins +3300
Oakland Raiders +5000 New Orleans Saints +3300
L.A. Rams +5000 Tennessee Titans +4000
Buffalo Bills +6600 Oakland Raiders +4000
Washington Redskins +6600 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
New Orleans Saints +6600 Cincinnati Bengals +5000
Baltimore Ravens +6600 Arizona Cardinals +5000
Jacksonville Jaguars +7500 Buffalo Bills +6600
Cincinnati Bengals +7500 Baltimore Ravens +6600
Indianapolis Colts +10000 Jacksonville Jaguars +6600
New York Jets +15000 Miami Dolphins +7500
Arizona Cardinals +15000 New York Giants +7500
Miami Dolphins +15000 Indianapolis Colts +10000
L.A. Chargers +20000 L.A. Chargers +10000
New York Giants +30000 New York Jets +20000
Chicago Bears +100000 Chicago Bears +20000
San Francisco 49ers +300000 San Francisco 49ers +500000
Cleveland Browns +300000 Cleveland Browns +500000

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Really Hookah bowl 52 Futures Paying: Preseason Fortune Have Patriots on the top

Really Hookah bowl 52 Futures Paying: Preseason Fortune Have Patriots on the top

Back in early February, fresh from their astounding comeback victory in Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots became immediate (+400) favorites to repeat via online sportsbook Bovada.

Fast forward nearly six months later, with all 32 NFL teams preparing to embark on their training camp campaigns, the champs have seen their odds to win Super Bowl 52 increase slightly to (+375).

That’s not much movement overall, but move past the Patriots and the odds have shifted significantly for their primary challengers.

When those initial odds were posted in February, it was the Dallas Cowboys offering the best chance to dethrone New England at (+750), followed by the Green Bay Packers (+1200). But following an offseason of upheaval in Dallas – where second-year star running back Ezekiel Elliott and wideout Lucky Whitehead headlined the list of Cowboys in legal trouble – those odds have flipped in favor of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.

Today, the Cowboys are still in strong position – tied with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers at (+1200) – but the downgrade on the futures speaks to growing uncertainty surrounding “America’s Team.”

The Seahawks and Raiders both experienced slight bumps, moving from (+1600) to their current standing, while the Steelers are rated exactly where they were before.

The seventh-strongest contender to down the Patriots’ dynasty is, ironically enough, the same Atlanta Falcons team (+1600) that blew a 25-point lead in last year’s Super Bowl amidst New England’s furious comeback bid.

They’re the last team offering better than 20 to 1 odds on a championship, with a pack of perennial playoff teams in the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers next up at (+2200) each.

For bettors looking for dark horse candidates for a Super Bowl run, Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will look to lead the Arizona Cardinals (+3300) on one last hurrah – with both offensive stars expected to enjoy the final year of their respective standout careers.

The Miami Dolphins (+5000) also offer decent value for longshot-hunters, provided they can slay the divisional dragon posed by the Belichick / Brady tandem in the AFC East. The ‘Phins did lock up a Wild-Card berth last season – powered by breakout running back Jay Ajayi’s multiple 200-yard games and a receiving corps led by Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, and Devante Parker.

With last season a success for rookie head coach Adam Gase, a second go with the same offensive core should see Miami make another bid for a playoff berth.

Among the teams that are considered “dead on arrival” – offering odds of 100 to 1 or worse – are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears at (+10000), the Los Angeles Rams at (+15000), and the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns at (+20000).

The NFL Preseason kicks off in early August, before the real deal gets underway Thursday, September 7.

Team SB Odds 7/24
New England Patriots +375
Green Bay Packers +750
Dallas Cowboys +1200
Seattle Seahawks +1200
Oakland Raiders +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Atlanta Falcons +1600
Houston Texans +2200
Denver Broncos +2200
New York Giants +2200
Carolina Panthers +2200
Kansas City Chiefs +2500
Minnesota Vikings +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
Arizona Cardinals +3300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3300
New Orleans Saints +4000
Tennessee Titans +4000
Baltimore Ravens +4000
Cincinnati Bengals +5000
Miami Dolphins +5000
Washington Redskins +5000
Philadelphia Eagles +5000
Detroit Lions +6600
Los Angeles Chargers +7500
Buffalo Bills +10000
Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
Chicago Bears +10000
Los Angeles Rams +15000
New York Jets +20000
San Francisco 49ers +20000
Cleveland Browns +20000

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Americans Wagered $4.7 Billion on Super Bowl 51 Says AGA

Americans Wagered $4.7 Billion on Super Bowl 51 Says AGA

Football fans certainly got their money’s worth last weekend, when the New England Patriots stormed back from 25 points down in the second half of Super Bowl 51 to stun the Atlanta Falcons and win their fifth title.

And per the American Gaming Association (AGA), the leading industry lobby group for gambling and sportsbook enterprises, bettors all over the country had a blast too.

The AGA publishes annual forecasts ahead of football’s Big Game, estimating the total volume of all sports betting activity on that year’s Super Bowl. This time around, the AGA’s data department tabbed the total at $ 4.7 billion – up 11 percent over last year.

As the AGA report notes, nearly 97 percent of those wagers will be placed through offshore sportsbooks, underground bookies, person-to-person arrangements, or office and household pools. That puts the overall volume of illicit wagering conducted by Americans on the Super Bowl at $ 4.5 billion, an astounding figure for a single sporting contest.

The primary reason consumers choose to place their sports bets in this manner is a federal prohibition on sports betting known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) of 1992. Under the provisions of PAPSA, operating a sports betting enterprise is expressly prohibited throughout the country, while four U.S. states were grandfathered in: Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana.

In a press release announcing the group’s 2017 estimates, the AGA’s president and CEO Geoff Freeman explicitly called for PAPSA to be repealed in light of obvious market demand:

“As we mark the 25th anniversary of a failed law, it’s time for Washington to get out of the way and lift the federal prohibition that pushes sports fans to a rapidly growing illegal betting market.

A regulated marketplace would generate tax revenue and jobs, protect consumers and leverage cutting-edge technology to strengthen the integrity of the games we all love.”

The AGA estimate also cited a 2016 report issued by researchers in the U.K. – titled “The Key to Sports Integrity in the United States: Legalized, Regulated Sports Betting” – which identified the PAPSA restriction as directly responsible for the volume of illegal gambling in the country:

“Rather than setting the standard, the United States is on par with Russia and China, having forced a groundswell of black-market gambling by prohibiting the popular pastime of sports betting.”

The AGA estimate notes that American punters wagered more than $ 154 billion over the course of 2016 on all sports, with the vast majority of that financial activity remaining untaxed, as it was directed through online offshore bookmakers rather than legal sportsbooks.

In terms of legal sports betting, which is largely relegated to the casino sportsbooks found throughout Nevada, the state’s Gaming Control Board revealed that Super Bowl 51 set a new record with $ 138.48 million in total wagers. Of that amount, Nevada bookmakers managed to turn a $ 10.93 million profit.

This year’s legal betting volume eclipsed the previous record of $ 132.54 million, set last year during Super Bowl 50 when the Denver Broncos downed the Carolina Panthers.

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Super Bowl 51 Prop Bets: More Betting Lines for Sunday

Super Bowl 51 Prop Bets: More Betting Lines for Sunday

Last week we covered some of the more popular Super Bowl 51 prop bets on offer at the Bovada sportsbook including fan favorites like national anthem length and the color of the celebratory Gatorade bath.

With only a few days left to book bets though, we figured readers might want to take a tour of some of the more obscure prop bets on the Bovada market. Take a look below to find out about the little-known longshots that make Super Bowl prop betting an annual tradition.


Considering the divisive political climate that exists nationwide at the moment, along with the police brutality awareness movement coined by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and adopted by several NFL players throughout the year, Bovada has an interesting protest bet on tap.

If you believe a Falcons or Patriots player will be shown kneeling during the national anthem’s live broadcast, you can back “Yes” at +400 odds. But if you think everyone on the field will remain standing, or producers will avoid showing kneelers, the “No” bet is a big -700 favorite.

For fans of clichéd announcing, Bovada asks whether or not the phrase “Houston, we have a problem” will be uttered on air with Super Bowl 51 taking place at NRG Stadium. Once again, “Yes” is an underdog at +250, while a “No” vote offers -400 odds.

Finally, with star tight end and fan favorite Rob Gronkowski out with yet another season-ending injury, the Over / Under on his name being mentioned is set at three. Both the Over and Under bets offer identical -120 odds.


As for the action on the field, the Over / Under for the game itself is set at 59.5 points – making it the highest in Super Bowl history.

That suggests an offensive shootout may be in the works, so Bovada is offering odds either elite quarterback – New England’s Tom Brady or Atlanta’s Matt Ryan – will throw for 415 yards or more. That would set a new Super Bowl passing mark, eclipsing Kurt Warner’s 414-yard gem in Super Bowl XXXIV, but even with Brady and Ryan expected to air it out, a “Yes” bet carries +400 odds to -700 for “No.”

Predicting the first player to hit pay dirt (as a receiver or runner) is a staple Super Bowl prop, and this year the action is split evenly between both offensive squads.

Atlanta’s all-world wideout Julio Jones (+650) is the slight favorite as Ryan’s favorite target, but New England’s workhorse running back LeGarrette Blount (+700) led the league with 18 rushing scores in the regular season.

Dark horses for the honor of first scorer include New England WR Chris Hogan (+900) and Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (+900). Meanwhile, Brady’s +2200 odds to sneak it in from the goal line – a prime weapon for the Patriots over the years – are quite favorable, all things considered.

If you’re like Bill Belichick and enjoy following the other two phases of the game, the prop asking whether or not a defensive or special teams touchdown will be scored is for you. Betting “Yes” offers +165 odds, while “No” bettors must fade -205.

And for football fans looking to strike it rich on longshots, try this one on for size: if you bet that the game will go final without a single touchdown scored by either team, a $ 5 ticket would return $ 100,000 at +20,000.

On the same note, a bet on zero field goals soaring through the uprights is good for +2500 odds when you take the worst of it.

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Definitely Bowl fifty one Support Pools: Previewing a look into the the Horde

Definitely Bowl fifty one Support Pools: Previewing a look into the the Horde

For everyone but true fans of the New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons, next week’s Super Bowl Sunday is a time to let loose and have fun.

And without a rooting interest in the big game, one of the more reliable ways of ensuring that the Super Bowl remains compelling – even the lopsided blowouts of yesteryear – involves proposition betting.

For decades now hardcore football fans and casual viewers alike have come together on Super Bowl Sunday to get in on the annual prop betting action. Everything from how the coin flip will fall to the length of the national anthem performance is up for grabs – and that’s just before kickoff.

When the last two teams in the league left standing battle for the Lombardi Trophy, every play takes on greater meaning. Add in the thrill of player performance props like who will be named MVP or which wide receiver will catch the most passes, and the Super Bowl becomes a never-ending buffet of meaningful plays.

The first prop bet to be settled is the pregame coin flip, a true 50/50 affair, so you can back either Heads or Tails at (-105) each at the Bovada sportsbook. Another coin toss bet concerns the eventual champion, with Bovada offering (-115) odds on the winner of the flip either winning or losing the game.

As for the national anthem performance, you can back Luke Bryan’s performance to go Over or Under two minutes and nine seconds at (-120) each.

With the Patriots hoping to exorcise their demons from the Deflategate fiasco, a particularly fun wager asks how many times the phrases “deflate” or “deflategate” will be mentioned during the live television broadcast (from kickoff to final whistle, excluding commercials). The line seems small at only 1.5 mentions, but Bovada is offering even money on the Over, and only (-140) on the Under.

When halftime gets underway pop singer Lady Gaga will perform, so you can try to guess which of her hit songs she’ll sing first: Born This Way (+225), Bad Romance (+250), Edge of Glory (+600), Poker Face (+1000), Just Dance (+1000), or Any Other (+110).

And after the game has been decided, you can even try guessing the color of Gatorade that the victorious coach will be doused in: Clear/Water (+300), Lime/Green (+300), Yellow (+300), Orange (+300), Red (+600), Blue (+750), or Purple (+1200).

As for the action on the field, Bovada is offering dozens of different player- and team-based performance props.

The showcase among these wagers is on the eventual Super Bowl MVP, but three-time winner Tom Brady (+140) is the clear favorite. His counterpart Matt Ryan (+250) is the other obvious choice, but from there it’s all longshots like Julio Jones (+900), Julian Edelman (+1600), and Vic Beasley (+5000).

In a clever addition, Bovada also offers “cross-sport” props, with action on bets like “Which will be higher, Falcons sacks (-175) or Alex Ovechkin points (+135)?”

A prop asking if there will be a “flea flicker” called by either offense offers decent value, with Yes (+500) a decent shot to take considering the Pats’ propensity for using the play for big gainers.

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Super Bowl LI Opening Line Puts New England Patriots as Field-Goal Favorites

Super Bowl LI Opening Line Puts New England Patriots as Field-Goal Favorites

Even before the final whistle sounded to conclude yet another AFC Championship Game victory for the New England Patriots – who dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 36-17 rout – the Bovada sportsbook had already installed the Brady/Belichick two-headed monster as 3-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons for Super Bowl LI.

And considering Atlanta’s own utterly dominant performance while dismissing the Green Bay Packers, in a 44-21 NFC Championship Game walkover that saw the Falcons find the end zone six times, New England’s status as favorites is undoubtedly owed to Super Bowl experience.

When the Falcons take the field at Houston’s NRG Stadium on February 5, quarterback Matt Ryan and wideout Julio Jones will be suiting up for the first Super Bowl appearance of their careers.

Conversely, the Patriots tandem of head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady will be competing in their seventh Super Bowl trip, seeking their fifth Lombardi Trophy since winning it all in their first season together.

Between a team that has been there and done that in New England, and an Atlanta squad that will largely be experiencing the Super Bowl spotlight for the first time, Bovada’s opening number understandably leans toward experience.

For Ryan and the Falcons though, Sunday’s huge home win over the Packers may have managed to shed the proverbial postseason monkey altogether.

Previously, despite having an all-world QB in Ryan since 2008, Atlanta had gone one and done in its first three postseason trips – before reaching the NFC Championship Game in 2012. That game saw the Falcons flame out against the 49ers, and Atlanta has been on the outside looking in come January for the last three seasons.

Having finally returned to the playoff stage – and on the heels of a regular season which saw Atlanta’s offense tie the 1999 Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” team for eighth on the all-time points scored list – Ryan has been impeccable on his redemption tour.

With seven touchdown tosses, zero interceptions, and 730 yards through the air – including a pristine four TD and 396-yard aerial display against the overmatched Packers – Ryan has erased any memory of his prior playoff woes. And along with explosive receiver Julio Jones, who went off for nine catches and 180 yards last Sunday, the Falcons’ league-leading offense and its 33.8 points per game in the regular season has managed to improve to 40 points per game in the playoffs.

As for the Patriots, the aforementioned brotherhood between Brady and Belichick is the only common denominator in the team’s 15-year reign as the NFL’s modern dynasty. Despite missing the first four games of the year on a Deflategate suspension, Brady returned to post one of his best statistical seasons yet – at the age of 39 no less.

A fifth Super Bowl ring for Brady will move him past his childhood idol Joe Montana, while also pushing the Pats past the 49ers dynasty of the 1980s with five titles altogether. And as if he lacked for motivation, Brady can also force commissioner Roger Goodell, the man who authored and authorized Brady’s suspension, to personally hand over the Lombardi Trophy in Houston with a win.

To begin the week, that -3 line for New England comes at a -125 price, while Atlanta’s +3 spread costs +105 – signaling that the early money has been pouring in on the Patriots to start Super Bowl betting season. The moneyline opened in similar fashion, with New England (-155) and Atlanta (+135) separated by a slight margin, while the total is listed at 59 points.

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Betting Guide for College Football Bowl Season

Betting Guide for College Football Bowl Season

Following a nationwide bye week of sorts, aside from the annual Army (6-5) / Navy (9-3) game , the last days of December will see dozens of bowl games play out.

Serving as a reward for programs that have persevered through a long summer schedule to build a winning record, even the most minor of bowl games – think the Dollar General Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – provide the perfect setting for a season-ending clash.

While diehard fans and alumni savor the appetizers, the most prestigious bowl games offer football fans everywhere a full platter of premium play. The top teams in all of college football square off on neutral turf, the senior class battles their collective heart out to experience the thrill of victory one last time, and Playoff bubble teams make their case.

Bowl season starts to simmer on December 17, but the most important games are reserved for New Year’s weekend. Below you’ll find a game capsule with early betting lines for the best bowl games on the schedule – beginning of course with the College Football Playoff semifinal games – before moving down the line in order of prominence:

Peach Bowl (December 31 at 3pm ET)
#1 Alabama (13-0) vs. #4 Washington (12-1)

The fourth-ranked Huskies made the Playoff by nipping fifth-ranked Penn State, but their reward is a Peach Bowl date with the defending national champion Crimson Tide. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, so Alabama fans have the travel advantage, but Washington’s contingent will represent itself well on the heels of a Cinderella season.

Alabama ended the regular season with consecutive victories over ranked teams, beating Auburn and Florida by a combined score of 84-28. The consensus line likes that trend to continue, as Alabama opened as 14-point favorites, before moving up to a 16-point edge.

Fiesta Bowl (December 31 at 7pm ET)
#2 Clemson (12-1) vs. #3 Ohio State (11-1)

The second semifinal game pits second-ranked Clemson against third-ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, held at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Tigers hope to return to the championship game for a second straight season, after pushing Alabama to the limit in a 45-40 thriller last year.

To do so, they’ll need to beat a determined Buckeyes squad which is riding high after eliminating archrival Michigan from Playoff consideration in The Game. The consensus line leans toward Ohio State, as the Buckeyes opened as 3-point favorites, before inching up to a 3.5-point advantage.

Rose Bowl (January 2 at 7pm ET)
#5 Penn State (11-2) vs. #9 USC (9-3)

This year’s Rose Bowl sees the ninth-ranked USC Trojans defend home turf against a fifth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions team that is still smarting from a Playoff snub.

For the Trojans, who started 1-3 before reeling off eight straight wins, the Rose Bowl is essentially a freeroll, as nobody expected them to be here. That puts all the pressure on Penn State, who will be desperate to show the nation that they deserved to be playing for a national championship.

Considering the home field advantage enjoyed by USC, the consensus line opened with the Trojans as 6.5-point favorites, and has since moved to a full touchdown spread.

Orange Bowl (December 30 at 8pm ET)
#6 Michigan (10-2) vs. #11 Florida State (9-3)

A berth in the Orange Bowl is likely no consolation to head coach Jim Harbaugh and his sixth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, a team that was considered a Playoff lock all year.

For a rebuilding 11th-ranked Florida State squad, any big bowl game is big, and playing in their home state at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami is just a bonus. Despite playing in friendly confines though, the consensus line opened with Michigan as 6.5-point favorites, and has hovered there since.

Sugar Bowl (January 2 at 8:30pm ET)
#7 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. #14 Auburn (8-4)

In the Sugar Bowl, two perennial powers who fell a bit short of the finish line look to end their season on a high note. The consensus line favored seventh-ranked Oklahoma by 5.5 points, but the number has since slipped to 4.5 points.

Cotton Bowl (January 2 at 1pm ET)
#8 Wisconsin (10-3) vs. #15 Western Michigan (13-0)

As the only undefeated Top-25 team not coached by Nick Saban, the 15th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos ran roughshod through their entire schedule this year. Unfortunately for them, the caliber of play within the mid-level Mid-American Conference (MAC) wasn’t high enough to warrant Playoff consideration, so a Cotton Bowl date with Big Ten bullies have to suffice.

The eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers played well all year, and their only losses on the season were to the aforementioned Ohio State/Penn State/Michigan trio of conference rivals. The consensus line opened with Wisconsin as 6.5-point favorites, and early betting has already pushed the number to 7.5 points.

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