Super Bowl 51 provides the perfect opportunity for those new to football betting to make their first wager because it offers the highest over/under ever in Super Bowl odds or football odds, according to The Sporting News.
The February 5th, 2017 game between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots made history before kick off when the Vegas line revealed an opening over/under of 58, the highest during professional football’s Super Bowl era. After each team won its respective conference championship in a blowout, Las Vegas bookmakers recognized the potential of the upcoming game. It could become the highest scoring Super Bowl ever or provide the most uneven victory.
Guessing who will win between two such talented opponents can be tough, but with an over/under bet, also called a totals bet, the bettor only determines if they think the total score of the two teams will be over or under the number set by Vegas oddsmakers. In this case, over/under for Super Bowl 51 opened at 58. Since the line moves, meaning it’s recalculating, according to new information received by bookmakers, following the developments makes sense. Follow the live football odds development at Covers.com. The respected Scottish site, founded in 1995 by Paul Lavers and Joe MacDonald, provides a team of expert analysts and unique statistics not found elsewhere.
New England opened as a three-point favorite. Atlanta ranked as the highest-scoring NFL team during the regular season though. The Falcons racked up 540 points – a franchise record. In the playoffs, they scored 36 versus the Seahawks, then 44 versus the Packers. So, why is New England the favorite? They weren’t shabby in total points scored either, ranking third in the NFL. More importantly perhaps, the Patriots have the number one scoring defense in the NFL. That leads to Atlanta’s weak point. The Falcons gave up the sixth-most points in the NFL – more than 25 per game. These factors shape the potential for an historic high-scoring game, but issues such as player health and coaching staff, also contribute. Since these can change in a moment, follow developments at Covers.com and make your wagers knowledgeably.