Super Bowl week is finally here. Both casual fans and diehards are just days away from witnessing one of the most watched events every year to see who gets crowned the champion of pro football.
This year is especially exciting thanks to legal sports betting taking off in recent months. For the first year ever, millions of American bettors outside of Nevada can legally place wagers on the Super Bowl.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at this year’s Super Bowl and break down all the crucial betting information leading up to Sunday.
Super Bowl 53 game information
Game: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
Date: Sunday, Feb. 3
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Kickoff Time: 6:30 pm EST
TV Network: CBS
How to bet on the Super Bowl
There are a number of different ways to place bets for the Super Bowl. Here are your options:
Point Spread: Betting against the spread is the most common way to bet an NFL game. Sportsbooks set a line and you can either take the favorite laying the points, or the underdog receiving them.
If you take the Patriots -2.5, they must win by 3 points or more for your bet to win.
Moneyline: Another popular way to bet a football game is to take the moneyline. Similar to betting the spread, you pick one of the teams to win the game. However this time there are no points involved.
Currently, at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Patriots money line sits at -139 while the Rams is +115. This means you would need to wager $139 on the Pats to win $100, whereas a $100 bet on the Rams would net $115.
Totals (over/under): If picking a side isn’t necessarily your thing, you could always opt to bet on one of the game’s totals. The most common total to take would be the game’s over/under.
The Super Bowl’s total is set at 56.5 as of Monday morning. If there are 57 or more combined points scored in the game, over bettors would win.
There are also team totals offered. In this form of the wager, you’re once again betting on if there will be more or fewer points than the set number, but this time just for one team. New England’s team total is set at 29, while Los Angeles’ is 27.5.
Super Bowl 53 odds
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Other ways to bet on Super Bowl 53
Alternate lines: Beyond the regular game lines, most sportsbooks offer alternate lines for both the spread and totals. This simply means that instead of betting on the normal spread and total numbers, you bet on adjusted lines where the odds are then different to reflect these changes.
For instance, instead of betting on the Patriots -2.5, you can take them with a point spread of +5, but with odds of -275 as opposed to -115. That means you’d have to pay $275 to win $100, but your chances of winning the bet are much greater since the spreads is now 7.5 points in your favor.
The same goes for game and team totals. As opposed to taking the over at 56.5, you can bet the alternate line of over 47, with odds of -345. You only win $100 on a $345 bet, but again, your odds of winning the bet are significantly greater.
In-game wagering: Although nothing is listed right now, most sportsbooks will provide in-game betting for the Super Bowl, too. Most of the listed bet types will be available live during the game, with updated lines and odds.
Super Bowl prop bets: One of the best parts of betting the Super Bowl is all of the crazy prop bets available that are not usually offered in other games. Depending on the book, these can get pretty ridiculous.
A lot of prop bets for the Super Bowl have little to do with the actual game. These can create an incredible amount of excitement about things that would typically be insignificant like the halftime performance or the first commercial aired.
Here are some of the props offered on NJ sportsbooks:
- Coin toss outcome
- Coin toss winning team
- First team to score
- Last team to score
- Will the game go to OT
- Winning margin
- Longest/shortest field goal
- Longest/shortest touchdown
- First scoring play
- Team to score first and last touchdown
- Will there be a safety
- TD scorer jersey numbers
- Total touchdowns
- Total field goals
- Total sacks
This list is just a small sample of props available for the Super Bowl. There are also a variety of team-specific props and player props. The most popular player props are typically which player will score the first touchdown of the game, the last touchdown of the game or just in general at any point in the game.
Can I bet on the Super Bowl legally in my state?
As mentioned, legal sports gambling is now offered in some capacity in:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- New Mexico (only at a tribal casino)
All of these states have at least one land-based sportsbook for you to place a sports bet. Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia are the only locations with online apps at the moment, though.
If this isn’t exciting enough, the Super Bowl in 2020 could have plenty more states on this list. Here are all of the states that have considered or have already started passing laws to legalize sports gambling:
- New York
- South Carolina
Best online sportsbooks in the US
Luckily, residents of New Jersey have an abundance of options when it comes to betting the Super Bowl. There are several retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos and other areas of the state; mobile betting is available at your fingertips anywhere in NJ.
Here are some of the best online sportsbooks:
Each of these online and mobile apps is very convenient and user-friendly. They all offer some form of a sign-up promotion along with a variety of betting options.
These sportsbooks are well respected and many have been earning a lot of money since their debut in NJ.
How much money is wagered on the Super Bowl?
Last year, Nevada sportsbooks accepted more money in wagers on the Super Bowl than ever before. The total figure bet on the big game was $158,586,934. This amount has increased every year since 2016.
With there now being many more options and availability for sports betting, expect this number to go way up.
According to the American Gaming Association, $4.6 billion was bet illegally for last year’s Super Bowl. Of course, there will still be illegal bets made across the country, but it’s almost a certainty that legal sportsbooks will see a substantial uptick in revenue from a year ago.
Dustin Gouker, the lead sports betting analyst for PlayNJ.com, has said he believes there will be $100 million legally bet on the Super Bowl just in New Jersey. He expects this figure to be around $325 million for the entire United States.
Super Bowl Betting picks and advice
We don’t offer betting advice here at TheLines. We leave that to our friends at PlayPicks.com. Be sure to check out all of their Super Bowl preview content leading up to the big game, including daily videos at the PlayPicks YouTube channel.
The New England Patriots have been described in many positive ways over the course of Tom Brady’s 19-year career. Some words that come to mind: dynasty, winners, class and near perfection.
Heading into the AFC Championship Game this weekend in Kansas City, the word being discussed around this Patriots team is a bizarre one — the underdog. The Chiefs are three-point favorites this week with the game at home in Arrowhead Stadium.
Sure, the 2019 version of the Patriots isn’t considered world beaters by any means. But underdogs? This is their eighth-straight AFC title game appearance.
That hasn’t stopped the two-time defending conference champs from playing up their new label of being “dogs.” On Wednesday, receiver Julian Edelman tweeted out that he’s selling T-shirts of the Pats’ logo with the words “Bet Against Us.”
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) January 16, 2019
It may seem crazy to most fans whose teams can’t even make the playoffs, but perhaps the Pats’ mindset of “us against the world” is just what this team needs to get over the hurdle one more time.
Part of what prompted all of this was the fact that some analysts were high on the LA Chargers’ chances of taking down Belichick and company Sunday in the divisional round.
Brady felt so strongly about being disrespected that he couldn’t resist aiming the Patriots’ doubters immediately after the game ended.
While being asked about their next matchup by CBS’ Tracy Wolfson, Brady said, “Everyone thinks we suck, and you know, can’t win any games. … So, we’ll see, it will be fun.”
Even though New England opened as 4.5-point favorites against LA, the public didn’t have much faith either. The Chargers were earning 62 percent of and 71 percent of the money wagered through the middle of last week, according to SportsInsights.
Brady then proceeded to throw for 343 yards in a very convincing victory.
It might sound absurd, but the AFC title game will be the first time a Brady-led Patriots team is an underdog in 68 games. That’s more than four full regular seasons.
That’s unheard of.
The last time the Patriots were underdogs with the greatest quarterback of all time was in 2015 against Buffalo. The Patriots won by eight.
What might be even more impressive is the fact that Sunday will be just the second time they’re underdogs in the postseason since 2007. New England has won the AFC five times during this span.
The first instance was against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game in 2014. The Pats were five-point underdogs, and the results followed suit. They lost 26-16.
This time around
Whether or not the Patriots are actually underdogs probably comes down to how you view things.
Should they be getting points on the road, in a hostile environment, against the probable league MVP? The answer is yes. However, in the grand scheme of the league, the Patriots are the furthest team from being an underdog.
With the greatest quarterback/coach duo ever, the Patriots are still very much a dynasty and no one will be shocked if they pull out a win to head to another Super Bowl.