NFL Betting Preview: Super Bowl XLIII

Charlie Boccanegra | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Let the frenzy begin.

No single American sporting event creates so much buildup, so much hype, so much anticipation, and so much betting interest as does the annual gambling smorgasbord that is the National Football League’s championship game – better known as the Super Bowl.

And not only does offer betting lines and totals on the game, the halves, and the quarters, but also a wide range of proposition bets for which the Big Game is now known among bettors.

The game itself will attract the most action. As of Tuesday morning, two days after the Pittsburgh Steelers had beaten the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game and the Arizona Cardinals had knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC championship, was listing Pittsburgh as 7-point favorites over Arizona, with a total of 46.5. The Steelers were also posted at -260 on the SportsInteraction moneyline, with the Cardinals getting +210 as the underdogs.

Of course, the action doesn’t stop there. Bettors can wager on propositions including which team will score first (Pittsburgh -182, Arizona +135), who will score 10 points first (Steelers -192, Cardinals +150), and what the first score will be (touchdown -175, field goal +135, safety +4000).

Arizona will be trying to become the second straight underdog to win the Super Bowl. But if they do manage to upset Pittsburgh, it won’t quite rise to the level of the Giants’ shocking defeat of the then-18-0 New England Patriots last season. And while the favorites have won six of the last nine Super Bowls, they’re only 3-5-1 against the spread over that span.

Also, the totals have gone 3-6 over the last nine Super Bowls, and the last four have all stayed under their numbers.

Super Bowl XLIII from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will kickoff just after 6 pm Eastern, Sunday, Feb. 1, with NBC providing the live telecast.