From Winnipeg Jets fans to followers of the Boston Red Sox, you don’t have to be a football fan to get in on the fun of Super Bowl betting, which is probably the most exciting day of the year in the online wagering community. The early lines are out for Super Bowl XLVI, and the team that has won the last two meetings between the two is also the underdog in the big game.
Super Bowl odds have the New York Giants as a 3-point underdog in Indianapolis against the New England Patriots, but it is New York that won the Super Bowl four years ago as a 12.5-point underdog in Arizona, and the Giants were also 9.5-point underdogs in New England back in Week 9, when they eked out a 24-20 win thanks to a late game-winning drive engineered by quarterback Eli Manning. It’s not surprising that the Patriots are still the favorite; they’re one of the biggest public teams on the market because of their pivot, Tom Brady, even though the Giants are in a massive New York market. Most casual fans and players know Eli’s brother Peyton more than the Giants’ quarterback, while everyone knows Tom Brady, from hardcore football fans to housewives because of his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
The line probably won’t move too much either way ahead of the big game, barring any major injuries, and it would be a major surprise if it shifted more than a point in either direction, so be sure to check your favorite online betting book regularly.