This year’s Super Bowl odds should present bettors with great money making opportunities with side, total, money line and proposition choices.
Super Bowl odds for Super Bowl XLII have the New England Patriots a 12 point favorite with a total of 53.5. Let’s consider some Superbowl trends that can help us as we look at this year’s Super Bowl odds. Big favorites in the Superbowl have held their own. 14 times in the last 20 years a team has been favored by at least a touchdown in Super Bowl odds and those teams are 7-6-1 against the spread. If the Super Bowl odds have the favorite at 10 points or more, the favored team is 4-3-1. The Patriots are likely to get a lot of support on the Super Bowl odds board but they may not be worthy of it. New England has been to five Super Bowls but has covered the spread only once. Other history may be against the Patriots in this game. Over the past 20 years the AFC East and the NFC East have matched up five times in the Super Bowl and the NFC East teams are 5-0 against the Super Bowl odds, 4-1 straight up in those matchups.
As you look at Super Bowl odds you may want to remember that the Giants were a great road team. In fact, their road record was far superior to their 3-5 home record. The Giants are the only team in NFL history to play in the Superbowl after finishing with a losing home record. The Giants have won 10 straight road games including the three road playoff games. That is an NFL record. Although the Super Bowl is on a neutral field in Arizona the NFL has designated the Giants as the road team. Another trend to remember as you look at Super Bowl odds is that only five wild-card teams since 1970 have made it to the Superbowl. The Patriots were one of those teams but it was not a pleasant memory as they were blown out in 1986 by the Chicago Bears.
As you consider Super Bowl odds don’t forget the total. The last three games between the Patriots and Giants have all gone over the total.