Carolina favored to score early, often in Super Bowl betting props

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As the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos prepare to clash next weekend at Super Bowl 50, oddsmakers have been busy publishing the first wave of Super Bowl betting props at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Carolina is the favorite to win the race to 10 points in this year’s Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium, with strong -190 odds, while Denver is at +140 odds of being the first team to hit double digits in points. The odds of neither team tallying 10 points sits at a distant +7500.

The NFC champion Panthers have claimed victory by an average margin of 23 points in their past three outings, but it is a Carolina victory by 1-6 points that carries the strongest odds in margin of victory props betting at +300.

The odds of a Panthers win by 13-18 points are slightly longer, at +550, while a lopsided Carolina win by 19-24 points is a surprisingly short +900.

The low-scoring, defensively-minded Broncos tallied just three victories this season by double-digit margins, while eight of their wins were decided by six or fewer points. A bet on a Broncos win by that slim margin carries +400 odds, while the odds of a Broncos romp by 19-24 points sit at +2500, lengthening to +5000 for 25-30 points.

With this year’s Super Bowl pitting Carolina’s league-leading offense against Denver’s stingy defense, there is increased focus on the point total, currently set at a consensus 45 at the sportsbooks.

While the OVER has prevailed in the Panthers’ last three games, the UNDER has paid out in five of Denver’s last seven games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Not surprisingly, the sweet spot in props betting on total points scored in the game by both teams combined is pegged at 41-50, with +190 odds. A low-scoring affair tallying 31-40 points sports +275 odds, just ahead of a combined point total of 51-60 at +300, while a shootout of 61-70 points is a +700 bet.

Carolina is strong betting chalk to score early and often, at -145 odds of being the team to score first and a -125 favorite to be the team to score last, with -165 odds saying the team that scores first will win the game.

A bet on a touchdown as the first scoring play carries -145 odds on the Super Bowl betting props at the sportsbooks, while a field goal or safety sits at +115. A Panthers touchdown is +150 chalk to be the exact outcome of the game’s first score, ahead of a Denver touchdown at +225, while a safety by either team is listed as +3300 longshots.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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