The 2015 Super Bowl betting line has not been steady since the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots qualified for the game. But with less than a week remaining, it appears that the AFC champs will be favored when the contest kicks off.
The betting odds vary at different Las Vegas and online sportsbooks, but New England is the unanimous favorite. Even though the opening point spread listed the Patriots as underdogs, they are giving the Seahawks one point at several casinos, though the line is 1.5 points at some sportsbooks.
One website, though, has New England favored by even more. The 2015 Super Bowl betting line is two points at Bovada.lv.
The line opened as a pick’em at Bovada, compared to the Seahawks being favored at other sportsbooks. Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager of Bovada, told International Business Times that the instant flow of money on the Patriots moved the line to -1, and now -2. With the Patriots settled in as two-point favorites, two-thirds of the money is still being wagered on New England.
New England is a heavy favorite, despite the “Deflategate” controversy that has dominated the headlines. Betting odds have been set for the possibility that Bill Belichick might be suspended for the contest, but it appears all but guaranteed that the head coach will be on the sidelines when the Patriots face the Seahawks.
“Maybe initially we saw a bit more Seahawks’ money, but now it has almost seemed to have been forgotten about,” Bradley said of “Deflategate.”
Since the Patriots pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history when they beat the St. Louis Rams in 2002, they have never been underdogs in the year’s final game. In four Super Bowl appearances since 2004, Tom Brady and Co. have never covered the spread. They were seven-point favorites against the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, while they gave the New York Giants 12 points and 2.5 points, respectively, in their last two Super Bowl losses.
The over/under has hovered around 48 points for the last week. That’s the total at most sportsbooks, though it opened at 48.5 points. Bovada.lv has the over/under at 48.5 points.
While the underdog has covered in six of the last seven Super Bowls, there hasn’t been any trend in terms of the over/under. In the last 16 Super Bowls, the total has gone over eight times, according to vegasinsider.com.