10 things to know about Super Bowl oddsPosted: January 28, 2015
It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you beat the point spread. Super Bowl XLIX is upon us, and if the odds hold true, this will be one of the closest Super Bowl games in history. The Patriots are favored by one point over the Seahawks, the tightest spread in 33 years. Impress your family and friends with the 10 things you need to know about Super Bowl odds:
1. One is Enough: This year’s spread equals the closest in Super Bowl history. The 49ers were favored by one over Cincinnati in 1982 and the undefeated Dolphins by one over the Redskins in 1973. Both favorites won, San Francisco, 26-21, and Miami, 14-7.
2. ATS and Straight Up: Overall, Super Bowl favorites have gone 26-18-2 against the spread and 33-15 straight up.
3. The Push: Only two Super Bowls have ended in a push – 2000, when the Rams (-7) beat the Titans, 23-16, and 1997 when the Packers (-14) beat the Patriots, 35-21.
4. Underdogs: Have won 10 of the last 13 Super Bowls.
5. Favorites: Won 10 of the first 14 Super Bowls.
6. Biggest Spread: 49ers (-18 1/2) over the Chargers in 1995. San Francisco justified the odds with a 49-26 victory.
7. Biggest Upset: Jets (+18) beat the Baltimore Colts, 16-7 I,n 1969.
8. Over/Under: The cumulative mark is 24-24. There was no over/under in Super Bowl I.
9. Failed to Cover: Six teams have won but failed to cover the spread. Steelers 2009, Patriots 2005 and 2004, Cowboys 1996, 49ers 1989, and Steelers 1976.
10. Out of Luck: Four teams have never had a Super Bowl line – they never played in the big game. The Lions and Browns both won NFL championships before the Super Bowl. The Jaguars and the Texans were expansion franchises.
Historic odds courtesy of Las Vegas Insider.