The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to determine this season’s top NFL team. But for many of the viewers watching, the game will be about much more than who wins, as millions of dollars will be wagered on various aspects of the contest.
Last year, the total number of bets placed on the Super Bowl at Las Vegas sportsbooks reached $116 million, and that doesn’t include the amount of money that was wagered online or illegally. Millions of dollars are bet each Sunday during the regular season, but the Super Bowl is so unique because everyone is gambling on one game.
Below is a look at the most popular 2016 Super Bowl bets and their accompanying betting odds.
The betting line was constantly changing last week, but it’s remained the same in recent days and seems to have settled in just hours before kickoff. Las Vegas sportsbooks have the Panthers listed as 5.5-point favorites, while various online sportsbooks have the Broncos getting six points. It’s the highest point spread since the Pittsburgh Steelers were seven-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
Gamblers that just want to pick the winner can bet on the moneyline. Carolina has -210 odds to win straight up, while Denver is a +180 underdog. The Panthers have lost one game all season, and the Broncos lost four times in the regular season.
The over/under for Sunday’s game had been set between 45 and 45.5 points for much of the two weeks between the conference championship games and Sunday, but it’s dropped over the weekend. The total is down to 44 points, marking the lowest over/under since the 2004 Super Bowl. Carolina is the NFL’s top scoring team, and Denver has the league’s No.1 ranked defense.
More wagers are placed on Super Bowl prop bets than anything else at some Las Vegas sportsbooks. Ten prop bets stand out as the most popular at Bovada.
Super Bowl 50 - Odds to Win MVP
Cam Newton (-125)
Peyton Manning (+290)
Von Miller (+1200)
Luke Kuechly (+1200)
Ted Ginn Jr. (+1600)
Jonathan Stewart (+1600)
C.J. Anderson (+1800)
*All other players have +2500 odds or higher
Cam Newton Rushing Yards
Over 40.5 (-140)
Under 40.5 (+110)
Peyton Manning Total TD Passes
Over 1.5 (-105)
Under 1.5 (-125)
Luke Kuechly Total Tackles and Assists
Over 8.5 (-150)
Under 8.5 (+120)
Corey Brown Total Receiving Yards
Over 39.5 (-125)
Under 39.5 (-105)
Longest Field Goal
Over 44.5 (-135)
Under 44.5 (+105)
Length of the National Anthem
Over 2 minutes 20 seconds (+150)
Under 2 minutes 20 seconds (-200)
How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the Broadcast?
Over 1.5 (EVEN)
Under 1.5 (-140)
How many times will "John Fox" be said during the Broadcast?
Over 1 (-140)
Under 1 (EVEN)