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.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app