The NFL Super Bowl 50 betting odds favor the Carolina Panthers by 4.5-points to beat the Broncos. With 75% of the early public bets backing the Panthers, Carolina is going to be an even bigger favorite to win Super Bowl 50 by kick-off, so if you are thinking of betting on the Panthers jumping on the early Super Bowl 50 betting spread is advised.
The Panthers have come out on fire in both the divisional playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks and the NFC Championship Game against Arizona, but they were much more focused in the second half against the Cardinals. Instead of letting them back in the game as they did with the Seahawks (Seattle outscored Carolina 24-0 in the second half), they outscored the Cardinals 25-8 in the final 30 minutes.
What: Super Bowl 50
Who: Carolina Panthers (15-1) vs Denver Broncos (12-4)
When: Sunday, February 7, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 PM ET
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Spread: Panthers -4.5
Moneyline: Carolina -190 vs Denver +165
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Carolina vs Denver
A Closer Look at the Top 5 Reasons to Bet on Carolina to Win Super Bowl 50
- SWAGGER – Say what you want, but Cam Newton is Superman and that attitude bleeds into his teammates. His stats are impressive. Not only did Cam Newton throw for 3837 yards and 35 touchdowns but he also rushed for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. What’s even more impressive is that Cam became Superman in the second half of the season. While he threw 9 interceptions during the first half of the season, he threw only 1 pick in the final 9 games of the season. That’s phenomenal. The rest Panthers follow his lead.
- Ron Rivera allows Cam to be the leader – Cam Newton has something that a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL don’t have: leadership skills. There are many quarterbacks in the NFL that can throw the football and read defenses. Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford all have the physical tools and NFL I.Q. to be decent quarterbacks in the NFL. But, none of the 3 has leadership skills. Rivera allows Cam to lead the Panthers. Cam is the one that gives the halftime speeches, not coach Rivera. That’s huge.
- Carolina is the best rushing team in the NFL – Carolina averaged 46 rushing attempts per game during the regular season. That’s tops in the NFL. The Panthers averaged 142.6 rushing yards per game. That ranked Carolina second in rushing yards per game in the NFL. When an offense rushes the football with success, it only helps the passing attack.
- Carolina’s Luke Keuchly matches up well with Denver’s offense – Carolina’s ability to move LB Luke Keuchly around in the defense, matches up well with Denver’s somewhat vanilla offense. Keuchly can drop back into coverage while Peyton has trouble throwing the deep ball. Keuchly can also read the play and adjust to support the run defense on Peyton Manning’s audible plays. He already has two pick-sixes and with Peyton’s turnover issues, Keuchly will be looking for number three.
- Carolina’s special teams are as good as it gets – Punt returner Ted Ginn is one of the best in the NFL. He can break one at almost any time. He averaged 10.3 yards per punt return this season. Carolina kicker Graham Gano made 56 of 59 extra point attempts and 30 of 36 field goals this season. Gano is 6 for 6 in his last 6 field goal attempts including kicking field goals at 47, 48, and 49 yards. Punter Brad Nortman averaged 45.4 yards per punt. He kicked 20 punts inside the 20 out of 70 total punts during the season. Carolina’s special teams are as good as it gets.