Super Bowl: Betting Tips, Stats & History - Sunday 2nd February 2020

American Football Trophy and Helmets

The Super Bowl is without doubt one the biggest sporting occasions in the world. It’s the final game to the NFL (National Football League) season and with crowns the champions for that season. The winners are immortalised and go down as legends of the game, often ending up in the NFL Hall Of Fame as a result.

What’s even more remarkable about the Super Bowl is the attraction that the game gets from around the world. Given then few countries actually play American football, especially in a professional standard, the viewing figures are actually quite staggering, more of which we will talk about later in this article. 

Super Bowl LIII Betting Tips: New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams

The Pats to Take Their Third Super Bowl in Five Years

Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots take on Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia this Sunday. It’s the annual season finale between the America Football Conference and the National Football Conference champions to decide who will be the National Football League champions.

The Patriots, who were beaten by Philadelphia Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl, will be making a record 11th appearance in the Big Game. Meanwhile, this will be the Rams’ first Super Bowl since returning to Los Angeles. New England have been the Super Bowl specialists in recent years, and Belichick’s men head to Atlanta as the favourites.

Top Tips

New England Patriots to Win -5.5 @ 11/8 with Bet365
New England Patriots Half Time/Full Time @ 11/8 with Bet365

New England Patriots News: Another Superb Season

After beginning the regular season with two defeats from three games, Super Bowl LIII seemed a long way away for Belichick and his Patriots. However, the experienced side knuckled down and secured six wins in a row before losing 34-10 to Tennessee Titans in November. Four wins from six followed to put New England into the playoffs with an 11-5 record. The Patriots then beat Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the Divisional playoff game at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts before needing overtime to see off Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in the AFC Championship match at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri.

Brady & Belichick’s Ninth Bowl

Incredibly, this will be Belichick and Tom Brady’s ninth Super Bowl. Both men have made a monumental impact at New England over the years, turning the Patriots into NFL heavyweights. Quarterback Brady is arguably the best player to ever grace the game, with the 41-year-old making his professional debut way back in 2000. Coached by Belichick, the California man has gone on to become one of the most recognised and successful players of the modern era.

LA Rams News: 13 Regular Season Wins for McVay’s Team

The Rams had an excellent regular season under head coach McVay, winning 13 and losing three of their 16 NFC fixtures. LA started their campaign with eight successive wins before losing by 10 points at New Orleans Saints on November 4th. Despite falling to back-to-back defeats to Chicago Bears (15-6) and Philadelphia Eagles (30-23) in December, the Rams finished their season with solid wins over Arizona Cardinals (12-3) and San Francisco 49ers (13-3).

Can the Young Coach Guide the Rams to Victory?

Young McVay has had an excellent season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At just 33-years-old, the Ohio-born boss has the world at his feet and the sky’s the limit for the former Washington Readskins Offensive Coordinator. After a 13-3 regular season record, McVay’s troops went head-to-head with Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional playoffs, going on to claim a 30-22 victory on home soil. They then faced New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship match, winning by a narrow three-point margin. Just like the Patriots’ Championship game, this one also went into overtime.

Analysis: Experienced Patriots Too Strong for the Rams

After last year’s defeat to the Eagles, Belichick and the Patriots will be desperate to put things right 12 months on. As we touched on, no team in Super Bowl history has more experience than New England, with the head coach taking charge of eight of the team’s 10 Super Bowl appearances. The Rams had an excellent season under McVay, losing just three regular season games in the National Football Conference, but we can see New England securing their sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday.

New England to Win Sixth Super Bowl

This promises to be a fascinating match at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the Patriots priced at odds of 20/27 while you can get the Rams at 23/20. McVay has worked wonders with LA over the past few months, but we can see New England’s experience and quality shining through in this one. Have a punt on the Patriots to win with a -5.5 point handicap at a decent price of 11/8.

Dominant Display by Belichick’s Boys

At Super Bowl LII in Minnesota last February, the Patriots ran out of steam against the Eagles, going on to lose 41-33 at the US Bank Stadium. We can’t see Belichick’s men making the same mistake again and they are capable of dominating the match. Back New England to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 11/8.

Michel to Draw First Blood

Sony Michel has been excellent all season and the Running back heads to Super Bowl LIII in tip-top shape. The 23-year-old is the 6/1 favourites to score the first touchdown on Sunday, a price well worth taking advantage of.

Recent Matches

The Patriots and Rams have met 13 times over the years, with New England holding an 8-5 record. Back at Super Bowl XXXVI, Belichick’s Patriots beat Mike Martz’s St Louis Rams 20-17.

4th December 2016: New England Patriots 26 – 10 LA Rams

When these two sides last met, the Patriots ran out 26-10 winners on home turf. The Rams failed to score in the first two quarters, with New England 17 points up at half time. Despite a brave fightback, the hosts held on for the win.

28th October 2012: St. Louis Rams 7 – 45 New England Patriots

When the Rams were based in St Louis, the Patriots sealed an emphatic 45-7 win at Wembley Stadium in London back in October 2012. The Patriots dominated the last three periods, scoring 38 points to the Rams’ zero.

26th October 2008: New England Patriots 23 – 16 St. Louis Rams

Over 11 years ago, the Patriots secured a narrow 23-16 win over the Rams at the Gillette Stadium. Belichick’s side were level at 13 all going into the final quarter, but 10 points in the fourth period was enough to give them a 23-16 victory on their own patch.

About

Empty American Football Field Half Way Line

The Super Bowl is a single game, which signifies the end of the NFL season for that year. It brings together two teams in the winner of the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference). The teams are essentially the winners of their own leagues and then represent this league in a game to become National Football League champions. 

The game takes in the first weekend of February and is always played on a Sunday. Depending on where the host is for the game that year will depend on the season, but the majority are spring time within the US. The game is represented on this date as the NFL starts the first weekend after Labor Day within the US, thus lasting 17 weeks in total and then ending within the first week of February. 

Whilst the first weekend of February is the norm now, it hasn’t always been played on this date. For many years the Super Bowl fell within early to mid-January, this was because only 1 round of playoff games took place, meaning that teams were playing 14 instead of 16 games prior to the Super Bowl. 

Format & Scoring

Washington Redskins Versus Houston Texans Game

The Scoring system for the Super Bowl remains the same as any other regular season NFL game. 6 points are awarded for a touchdown and then following a touchdown the team can try for either an extra 1 or 2 points. If the team decides to kick the ball then only 1 point is on offer, if they decide to run the ball then a possible two points are on offer. It’s worth noting that should the kicker miss or the team fail to convert the ball into the end-zone for the extra 2 points, then the team will be awarded no extra points. Additionally, 3 points are awarded for a field goal which must be kicked. 

In total there are 60 minutes on the clock for the Super Bowl. This is broken down into 4 quarters of 15 minutes each. But, the clock is frequently stopped after certain passages of play, such as a player going into touch or a team calling a time out. This means that games can often take much longer than 60 minutes in theory, with the Super Bowl being one of the longest games of the season due to an extended half time break. 

A common misconception is that NFL games can’t end in a tie, but this isn’t true. If a regular season game is tied after 60 minutes, then overtime will be played. This is an additional 10 minutes and the team with the most points in that period wins the game. If the scores are still equal, the game after 10 minutes, a tie will be the result.

But, in the playoffs and the Super Bowl included a tie cannot happen. Instead, overtime will be played as 15-minute sections until a winner is found. Super Bowl 51 was the first game to go to overtime when Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots were tied 28-28. Patriots won the game by scoring a touchdown on their first drive. 

Conference Champions

In total there are 32 teams that compete in the NFL. These teams are split into two conferences in the AFC and NFC, with 16 team appearing in each. The regular season see’s each team play 16 games in total and the schedule is set by a pre-determined formula working on a rotating cycle each year.  

Within each conference there are 4 leagues, that are split into North, South, East and West, of which 4 teams occupy each league. There are in total 12 teams that qualify through to what is known as the postseason. The 12 teams are made up of the 4 highest ranked teams from each conference and 2 wildcard picks, which are essentially best 2ndplace teams. 

At this point, teams from the two conferences are kept apart as they only play teams from within their own conference. There is a Wild Card round, Divisional Round and then the Conference Championship. The winner of each conference will be the two teams that represent these conferences in the Super Bowl. 

Venues

Louisiana Superdome During NFL Game
IIP Photo Archive, flickr

The venues that are chosen for the Super Bowl are based on a rota and are decided by the owners of the NFL. Previously the owners would allow three cities within the US to bid for the Super Bowl and then the award goes to the highest bidder.

But, from 2018 the process changed, in that the owners choose just 1 city and then worked out a deal from there. This allows the owners to have a better say in where they want their marquee event to be hosted and to essentially allow them to pick the best possible stadium for the job. 

In the past, often cities with more temperate climates at that time of year have been able to host the Super Bowl, such as Miami, New Orleans, Los Angles and Tampa, the four most common selections to host. 

Future Super Bowl Locations

DateNumberStadiumCity
2020 LIV Hard Rock Stadium Miami, Florida
2021 LV Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida
2022 LVI Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park Inglewood, California
2023 LVII State Farm Stadium Glendale, Arizona
2024 LVIII Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana

TV Coverage

American Football with TV Remote and Chips

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. It’s strange, given that so few countries play the sport, but many tune in to watch some of the worlds greatest athletes in what is a massive spectacle for both American football fans and non-American football fans. 

Typically, the Super Bowl is able to attract a US TV audience of around 100 million people and is very much seen as unofficial national holiday for most residents. The only other annual sporting event that sees bigger viewing figures is that of the Champions League Final. 

A common misconception that people have or have been told is that the Super Bowl gets a worldwide viewing audience of around 1 billion people from over 200 countries. But, these figures aren’t actually the number of people who tune, more the global audience that they could potentially reach, two very different facts. 

A study that was carried out by initiative, a New York media company, saw that the Super Bowl that year got viewing figures of 93 million people, with 98% of the total viewing figures coming from residents within the US. This means that only 2 million from outside the US watched the Super Bowl that year. 

But, the viewing numbers for the Super Bowl have risen since then and in 2015 the record was broken for the highest average number of viewers of the Super Bowl to that of 114.4million. It’s the most viewed game of any sporting event in the history of the US. Interestingly though, the half time show, of which is one of the many highlights of the Super Bowl, saw average figures of 118.5 million people. 

Super Bowl Adverts

The TV adverts are, oddly, another popular feature regarding the Super Bowl. Given that manufacturers and companies will have not have a bigger audience to pitch their products to via TV, the Super Bowl commands some staggering figures for its advertisements. It’s rumoured that a 30 second advert in the US can cost as much as $3.5 million to be shown just once during the Super Bowl show. The adverts are actually so popular with viewers that in 2010 Nielson conducted a report that highlighted that 51% of viewers tune in for the commercials.

Statistics

American Football on Field

Over the last 5 years, there has been one team that has been able to dominate Super Bowl appearances like no other. The New England Patriots have made four of the last 5 finals, winning three of them to take their overall record to 11 appearances, 6 wins and 5 losses. 

In 2018 they were involved in a Super Bowl that will go down as one of the most entertaining and highest scoring of all-time. In fact, the 33 points scored by the Patriots is the highest number of points scored by a losing team in the Super Bowl, eventually running out 41-33 defeat to that of the Philadelphia Eagles.

A year prior to that in 2017, the Patriots were able to win their 5th ‘ring’ and by doing so they did so in dramatic fashion. They came from 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter to come back and win in overtime. In 50 Super Bowl’s previous to that, no game had ever gone into overtime. 

Super Bowl 50 was an iconic year for the business and the Super Bowl was played out between that of the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Denver ran out 24-10 winners, with legendary quarterback, Peyton Manning, announcing his retirement after the game. 

Recent Super Bowl Results

Year

Winning Team

Losing Team

Score

Venue

2019 New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams 13-3 Atlanta

2018

Philadelphia Eagles

New England Patriots

41-33

Minnesota 

2017

New England Patriots

Atlanta Falcons

34-28

Texas

2016

Denver Broncos

Carolina Panthers

24-10

California

2015

New England Patriots

Seattle Seahawks

28-24

Arizona

2014

Seattle Seahawks

Denver Broncos

43-8

New Jersey 

The 2018 season was one of the most competitive seasons in NFL history, with plenty of teams all being in the running to gain a spot in the playoffs with just a few games left. Ultimately though, the cream rose to the top with the Kansas City Chiefs topping the AFC with the help of young quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and New Orleans Saints the NFC. 

2018/19 NFL Season Playoff Seedings

AFCSeedNFC
DivisionWinnerWinnerDivision
West Kansas City Chiefs 1 New Orleans Saints South
East New England Patriots 2 Los Angeles Rams West
South Houston Texans 3 Chicago Bears North
North Baltimore Ravens 4 Dallas Cowboys East
West (Wild Card) Los Angeles Chargers 5 Seattle Seahawks West (Wild Card)
South (Wild Card) Indianapolis Colts 6 Philadelphia Eagles East (Wild Card)

History

Berkley American Football Team in 1920

American football was first thought to be played in 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, who were two college teams. The game was actually a mix between soccer and rugby, where players weren’t able to pick the ball up, but could advance it with any body part they should choose. Rutgers went on to the win the game 6-4. 

The game evolved over the years, but it was in 1875 when representatives of Harvard and Yale played a game that was more like rugby, than the soccer-based game mentioned above. They sat down and formed a committee that outlined a specific set of rules. Yael player Walter Camp was the figurehead behind the rules and was also mastermind behind changing the scrum format to that of the snap, in order to create a more definitive start to each play.

The professional era started to take shape in 1892 and it was thought that William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was the first player to be paid to play American football. His fee was $500 to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. As teams got wind of this, it signalled the start of professional outfits and in 1920 the National Football League came up with solutions to solve the then problems to players being paid to play the sport. 

By 1922 the NFL had been fully established and put rules in place for players to move between clubs and also introducing what were essentially salary caps, a key aspect that the NFL still follows through with even today. The NFL way of playing was very different to that of the college games, with a much bigger emphasis on passing the football compared to kicking. This essentially would go on to develop into the game you see today. 

The sport and the league really started to take off by 1958 when a game between the Baltimore colts and the New York Giants gripped millions of viewers across America and is still widely regarded as the greatest game ever played, finishing up in a 23-17 victory to the Colts. 

The emergence of the AFL grew to be stiff opposition for the already established NFL. They were able to form teams of their own and also add new features to the game such as game time clocks on scoreboards, jersey numbers and even sign some of the best players from college, in what is essentially now the draft. 

In 1966, enough was enough and instead of trying to outdo each other in crazy player bidding wars, the NFL and AFL merged into one, whilst still keeping their own conferences. It was decided that at the end of the season the best two teams from each conference would result in a World Championship game. After the merger, it was no longer a game between two leagues and instead, the Super Bowl was born in 1967. 

The joint most successful teams in Super Bowl history are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won 6 times from their 8 appearances in the Super Bowl, and the New England Patriots who also have 6 wins. No team has made more appearances than the New England Patriots and they are arguably the most successful team of the modern era. 

There are 4 teams that have never made an appearance at the Super bowl and these are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans. 

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi With Jim Taylor and Bart Starr at the Super Bowl
Tullio Saba, flickr

There are few more iconic names in American football than that of Vince Lombardi. He’d done it all in his time within the sport; played, coached and general managed, seeing huge success in each field. 

He saw success within the military, when he was able to coach a highly successful team before alter moving to the New York Giants as an offensive coordinator. It was rumoured that the then president, JFK, begged Lombardi to return to coach the military team, but he refused and instead worked within the NFL. 

He had 8 years as head coach to the Green Bay Packers and in that time,  he went on to win a staggering 6 Super bowl’s, a feat and record that has never been beaten to this day from a single coach at one club. Lombardi was known for being beyond meticulous and after his death in 1970, the Super Bowl trophy was renamed the Lombardi trophy as a mark of respect to his dedication to the sport. 

Super Bowl Rings

Jerome Bettis Super Bowl Ring
Eric Hunsaker, flickr

Whilst the teams get the Lombardi trophy, each player will be awarded a Super Bowl ring. The ring is essentially their medal for being on the winning team. Given the sheer volume of players, coaches and staff that are involved in an NFL team, the league leave it up to each team to determine who should get the rings, with some even doing giveaways to fans.

Often the rings will be classed in terms of A, B and C, with the lower classes being smaller in size and value, compared with the higher-class rings which will be awarded to the players.

Each team is able to choose the makeup of the ring, for example, following on from being 28-3 down on the way to their 2017 Super Bowl victory, the New England Patriots got 283 diamonds in each.

San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park During Game
Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View), flickr

The San Francisco 49ers are one of the best teams to have played in the Super bowl winning on 5 separate occasions. The glory days may be behind them, but the team they had in the 80’s will always go down as one of the best.

It was led by that of Joe Montana, a quarterback who was signed in 1980 to help bolster the team that was starting to make a name for themselves in the sport. Montana went on to win 4 Super Bowls with the 49ers and was named MVP on three occasions, a feat that has never been eclipsed. He also holds the highest quarter back rating of any player, with a 127.8 average and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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