We stated it before: this is the Super Bowl that no one wanted to see. And it was exactly that. It turned into a low-scoring defensive showcase.
I went against my gut to go against the public and put out a lean on the OVER. But at least it was just a lean. My pick was the Patriots to cover the number and they did with ease. I made a point that the Pats’ ability to keep their offense on the field would eventually neutralize Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. After only seeing a total of six points combined throughout the first three quarters, the New England Patriots put up 10 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
BetDSI had odds on the game and hundreds on hundreds of props. And wouldn’t you know … the Pats are already opening as the early, early, early, waaaay top early favorites to win Super Bowl 54.
But before we get into next season, let’s recap the game a bit see what cashed in for betters.
So, we already established that the Patriots were -2.5 to minus three. And the line actually closed at -2, which means the Los Angeles Rams got a lot more public action over the weekend. The TOTAL was listed at 55.5 and moved up to as high as 57.5 at some shops. This is because over 60 percent of the betting public was pounding the OVER. Because the public was so heavy on the TOTAL going over, I wanted to bet the UNDER but couldn’t because the data actually did point towards the total hitting around the 56-point mark.
And I had to go with the numbers and gave that as a lean —unfortunately.
The Fun Stuff
Those who bet the coin toss before kickoff were able to get -103 odds on either side. If you picked tails, you won big time! The coin toss is streaky and I picked heads because tails has landed the previous four seasons. It seems to follow a pattern of three or four streaks, then one the opposing side to the streak, then going back before running a long streak on the other side. So a ten-year run would look like, Heads, Heads, Heads, Heads, Tails, Heads, Tails, Tails, Tails, Tails. Alas, I should have picked tails, then heads for the next couple of seasons!
The Gatorade Shower – At the end of the game, whilst Uncle Bill was embracing his fellows, the players snuck up behind him and dumped a bucket full of Cool Blue Gatorade on his head. Depending on where you bet, you could have gotten blue from between +370 and +450. The odds-on favorite was Clear or water (probably because Tom don’t do sugar).
MVP – Tom Brady at +130 was by far and away favorite to win the Super Bowl MVP award, with Jared Goff back behind Tom as the second favorite. Julian Edelman was way back at +4500, so anyone who dropped a few bucks on Mighty Mouse walked away with some extra duckets in their pocket.
Will Adam Levine Be At Any Point Shirtless? Ladies lucked out and folks who bet that the Maroon 5 front-man would take his shirt off also lucked out. At over two to one (+214), people who bet that there would be a half-naked singer on stage made a great profit.
First Player To Score – Those who took Stephen Gostkowski more than tripled their money. Even after missing that first one, the Pats defense held on long enough for him to come back and hit a 42-yarder and cash in that +350 for his backers.
There are just too many different prop to cover, but you can visit Sportsbook Review or a full list of Super Bowl LIII bets.