Perfection will be the word of the day on Super Bowl Sunday, when the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady guns for a 19-0 record and fourth championship ring against the heavily underdogged New York Giants.
The Patriots are trying to become the first team in NFL history to go undefeated at 19-0. They already beat the Giants this season, winning 38-35 in Week 17 as the 13-point favorites but the win didn’t come easy, to say the least.
Eli Manning and company nearly spoiled New England’s perfect season and bid for history in the regular-season finale. Manning threw for four touchdowns and was 22-for-32 for 251 yards with only one interception. Brady finished 32-for-42 for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
It was a meaningless game to the Giants, who had a playoff berth secured, and many NFL betting and novice fans alike wasn’t even sure if head coach Tom Coughlin would play his starters or for how long if so. The Giants played its starters the entire game and gave the Patriots all they could handle in a game which meant nothing in terms of postseason.
But on Sunday, February 3 this meeting will mean everything and will be for all the marbles as the two collide again in Super Bowl XLII at Glendale, Arizona.
Brady and the Patriots are playing in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven years. A win in this one would rank the Patriots as perhaps the greatest championship team in NFL history.
Brady threw an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes in the regular season, with 23 of those to Randy Moss, who topped Jerry Rice’s record. Brady was also the league’s Most Valuable Player in helping New England score an NFL-record 589 points.
The Giants earned their first NFC championship in seven years and became the first NFC wild-card team to reach the Super Bowl since Dallas in 1975. And the Giants did it the hard way, winning all their road games after dropping their season opener at Dallas. This will be the Giants fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. They own a Super Bowl record of 2-1.
The Giants have covered the spread in its last five games overall, and on the road they’re a stout 6-2-0 ATS (against the spread) this season including postseason. Meanwhile, the Patriots have dropped the cash in their last five consecutive and seven of eight.
The NFC holds a 21-18 SU (straight up) edge over the AFC in the first 39 meetings. Also, the NFC is 21-15 ATS with three pushes against its foe. However, the AFC has gone 6-3 SU and 4-3-2 ATS in the last nine Super Bowls.
BetUS opened the football lines by tagging New England the 13-point favorites with a game total of 54. The 2008 will be the most watched sporting event of the season in the United States and the most bet on by far. The general public loves betting the favorites and overs, so it’s unlikely there will be much of a number’s change in favor of the puppy or under. But be sure to follow the NFL odds daily to see which way the money is going.
Of the Super Bowl betting games the favorite and dog are actually quite close in wagering numbers. Depending upon the closing numbers and book it varies slightly but the consensus is that the favorites are 21-17 ATS with three pushes. The underdog has actually won the game outright 12 times.
If you can’t decide on a side using the spread, you might want to bet the money line, or you might want to bet a proposition. A NFL prop bet is a wager on something that will happen during the game, or it could be a result that happens before the game, yet tied into the game. We’ll also have football prop bets on halftime activities actually making the seemingly never ending break worth watching.
We have you covered from the coin toss through the last play of the game. Speaking of coin toss: The NFL does not allow the team that wins the coin toss to defer their choice to the second half. The NFC has won the coin toss twenty seven times, compared to fourteen times for the AFC. The team winning the toss has lost the game SU for the last four years, and 9 times in the last 11 years.