NFL Super Bowl Betting Tips
With four teams left in the postseason, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are the favorites in the NFL conference championship games.
Bill Belichick, Tom Brady the Patriots as 4.5-point home favorites over the Killer B’s and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Foxboro. With early bets coming in on New England, there was early line movement toward the Patriots, who were up to 5.5-point favorites Sunday night.
In the NFC Championship Game, the Matty Ice and the Hotlanta Falcons are 4-point home spread betting favorites over the visiting Green Bay Packers. With early money coming on the Falcons, the line got as high as Atlanta -6, before settling back at four.
The Packers advanced to face the Falcons with a last-second 34-31 Crosby-fieldgoal-powered victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. It was Green Bay’s eighth straight win since Aaron Rodgers announced the Pack could run the table.
The Packers suffered through a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season and dropped back to 80-1 to win the Super Bowl. That slide began with a 33-32 road loss to the Falcons on Oct. 31. NFL postseason oddsmakers are expecting another high-scoring affair Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
The over/under on the NFC Championship Game was sitting as high as 61 on Sunday making it the highest total in a playoff game since 1986 and the second-highest in any game, behind only a 2000 meeting between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers (62).
The Patriots are in their sixth straight AFC Championship Game. They closed as consensus 17-point favorites over the Houston Texans in Saturday’s AFC divisional-round game. New England won by 18, 34-16.
The Steelers slid past favored Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 on Sunday to earn the right to face the Patriots. In October New England beat the Roethlisberger-less Steelers 27-16 at Pittsburgh.
The AFC is a three-point favorite over the NFC in an early Super Bowl 51 spread.
Updated Super Bowl Odds
- Patriots 5/4
- Steelers 4/1
- Packers 4/1
- Falcons 13/5
Sometimes it’s clear from when the opening NFL betting odds are released that a team is going to win and/or cover the spread. Other times, it looks like one team is going to coast to victory from the opening kick-off yet the other one rallies late in the game, which causes bettors to wonder how they could have possibly lost that game and cry “bad beat!” Then, of course, there are the back-and-forth, 50-50 games that are virtual coin flips.
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