Paralysis by analysis can creep into the two-week period prior to a Super Bowl. After all, having experienced football every weekend for almost five months, to have it taken away leaves a gap in our lives that needs filling – often with speculation and trying to conjure scenarios in our mind’s eye. The 55th edition of The Big Game lends itself to that daydreaming, with the incomparable Tom Brady facing off against the young buck who could seize his second Lombardi Trophy in a row, Patrick Mahomes II.
In this season like no other, it is heartening to make it to the finish line and be rewarded – as fans, as bettors, as enthusiasts for the game – with such a potentially spectacular clash. In this article, we will delve into the game itself, what prop bets present good value, and how best to enjoy the game – even if you are furiously ripping up your betting slip within moments of its kick-off.
The opening line had the Chiefs favored by 3.5, but that quickly shifted to Chiefs by -3, with the market correcting what it saw as a grievous error, namely betting against Mr. Brady. Without further ado, let’s jump in.
Note that the over/unders are taken from VegasInsider.com
KANSAS CITY (-3.5 to -3) at TAMPA BAY (Over/Under 56.5)
(Sunday, 6:30 pm ET, CBS)
Through the first 54 Super Bowls, the AFC and NFC have tied 27-27: on Sunday, the tie will be broken – for a year at least. After Vegas kicked off the line at Chiefs -3.5, money came in on the Bucs, including an $80,000 bet on Tampa Bay on an adjusted line of +3.5 by one enterprising individual. What is clear thus far, however you choose to consume your football content, is that this is a clash that will polarize many. Like a fine work of art, the more you look at this game, the more you are fascinated by its many angles and hidden details.
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