With Super Bowl 50 less than a week away, it looks the game will feature its largest point spread in years. The betting line varies at different Las Vegas casinos and online sportsbooks, but the Carolina Panthers are favored by either 5.5 or six points over the Denver Broncos in the biggest NFL game of 2016.
A team hasn’t been favored by more than five points in the Super Bowl since 2009. Last year’s game was a pick’em at halftime, and four of the last five Super Bowls have featured point spreads of a field goal or less. Carolina was only a 3.5-point favorite the morning after they won the NFC Championship, but the betting public has backed the Panthers for the last week.
Carolina has been the more impressive team this season, winning three more games than Denver. The Panthers have outscored their two playoff opponents by 41 points, while the Broncos have been just nine points better than their postseason opponents.
The consensus moneyline in Las Vegas has Carolina getting -240 betting odds, making Denver a +200 underdog. The over/under is 45.5 points.
Because the public is so firmly behind the Panthers, one of the most popular bets in the last week has been the alternate point spread.
What prop bet has generated biggest early betting? Most popular at @WilliamHillUS: Alternate spread Carolina +7.5 (lay price around -700)
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 31, 2016
Often times, the most popular prop bets have little or nothing to do with the game itself. Last year, gamblers wagered on the color of Bill Belichick’s hoodie and what song Katy Perry would sing first at halftime.
Below is a look at 10 Super Bowl prop bets that are likely to be among the most popular this year. All betting odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Heads (-105), Tails (-105)
How many millions of viewers will Super Bowl 50 have?
Over 117 million (-120), Under 117 million (-120)
Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first?
Team (+200), God (+200), City/Fans (+600), Coach (+750), Family (+1500), None of the Above (+225)
What color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?
Orange (+125), Blue (+300), Clear (+400), Yellow (+400), Red (+600), Green (+1000), Purple (+1000)
Which song will Coldplay play first during the halftime show?
Adventure of a Lifetime (+200), Fix You (+375), A Sky Full of Stars (+450), Viva la Vida (+450), Clocks (+750), Speed of Sound (+900), Head Full of Dreams (+1000), Paradise (+1000)
How many times will John Elway be shown on TV during the broadcast?
Over 2.5 (EVEN), Under 2.5 (-140)
How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the Broadcast?
Over 1 (-140), Under 1 (EVEN)
Will Peyton Manning be seen crying at any point during the broadcast?
Yes (+600), No (-1200)
Will Mike Carey be wrong about a challenge?
Yes (+145), No (-190)
How many times will the Golden Gate Bridge be shown during the broadcast?
Over 0.5 (-350), Under 0.5 (+225)