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2017 Super Bowl odds: betting lines, MVP and prop bets

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What you need to know from a gambling perspective, plus some fun wagers, too.

With the spectacle that is the Super Bowl, you can pretty much imagine the multitude of things that bettors can wager on in relation to the big game. No doubt it’s easy to get confused with all that’s out there, so here is what you need to know from a betting standpoint, courtesy of OddsShark:

Betting lines

Over/Under: 58

Spread: New England Patriots (-3)

Money line (Bodog): Patriots (-145) and Atlanta Falcons (+125)

In case you’re a novice, New England who opened as the early favorite to win Super Bowl LI, remain as such at the time this article was written.

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award

Both gamblers and non-betting folks alike both take an interest in the Super Bowl MVP award. In the previous 50 Super Bowls, this prestigious individual award has been won by quarterback 27 times, and this year seems poised to see another one win. Bodog lists Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the frontrunner to win (+125), with Atlanta Falcons pivot Matt Ryan having the next best odds at (+200). Things get interesting from there as the Falcons all-world wide receiver Julio Jones comes in at third (+850), followed by a tie between Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and his Patriots counterpart LeGarrette Blount (+1600). The fact that nearly three Falcons follow Brady back-to-back, tells you all you need to know about the the Patriot signal caller’s worth. Again, typically the Super Bowl MVP is an offensive player, but it’s definitely not exclusive to only that side of the ball. 10 defensive players have won in the past, with Von Miller taking home the award last year. Of the 10 players with the best odds to win this year, Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley is the lone representative on defense for either squad, listed as having the eighth best odds (+2500).

Here’s Bodog’s Top 10 :

  • Tom Brady (NE) +125
  • Matt Ryan (ATL) +200
  • Julio Jones (ATL) +850
  • Devonta Freeman (ATL) +1600
  • LeGarrette Blount (NE) +1600
  • Julian Edelman (NE) +2000
  • Chris Hogan (NE) +3300
  • Vic Beasley (ATL) +2500
  • Dion Lewis (NE) +3300
  • Mohamed Sanu (ATL) +4000

Prop bets

As previously mentioned, Super Bowl betting these days includes lots of fun bets. Commonly referred to as props, here are a few of the wildest things that you can place money on in relation to Super Bowl LI:

What will Luke Bryan be wearing when he starts singing the National Anthem?

  • Blue jeans -200
  • Any other pants or shorts +150

Will Luke Bryan forget or omit a word from the National Anthem?

  • Yes +400
  • No -700

What color will Lady Gaga’s hair be when she starts her halftime show?

  • Blond -500
  • Any other color

No matter what type of betting you’re into, Super Bowl LI has something for you. And if you’re not a gambler, well, just reading the list of prop bets should provided plenty of entertainment in itself.