Complete Super Bowl Betting Guide

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Super Bowl 54 is right around the corner, and this year well mark the first time you can legally bet on the Super Bowl online in Pennsylvania since PA online sports betting launched last June. For many football fans, bettors, and even the general public, the Super Bowl marks the one day each year they will wager on a sporting event.

We’ve put together a full guide about how to bet on the Super Bowl, but here we will take a look at PA Super Bowl betting, and the best sports betting apps to use for betting on the big game.

 

Online Sportsbooks For Betting on The Super Bowl in Pennsylvania

There are no shortage of options for Pennsylvania bettors now that there are nearly double-digit online sportsbooks available in the state. There are the more popular and well-known ones, such as DraftKings Sportsbook PA and Fanduel Sportsbook PA, along with lesser-known options like FOX Bet PA and Unibet. Each sportsbook will allow you to bet on the spread, winner and total points scored, along with assorted Super Bowl 54 prop bets, but there are differences between them.

Here are your options in order of what we would recommend.

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DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings is arguably the most popular betting brand, and for good reason– it is one of only two sportsbooks that is available in all legal US sports betting states.

In addition, DraftKings is offering excellent Super Bowl promos.

They offer all of the standard betting options, a deep list of prop bets, and the best live in-game betting experience available.

Live in-game betting allows you to bet not only before the game, but also on halves, quarters and plays throughout the course of the game. The lines constantly update, and DraftKings is faster than anybody at offering this action. T

hey also have something called Flash Bet, which allows you to bet on an upcoming play or series. It is very engaging and fun. DraftKings has an app available on iOS and Android, and you can also play through the mobile web.

New users who sign up for DraftKings here can get up to $1,000 free. Your first real bet will be up to $500 risk-free, meaning you’ll get your money back if you lose, and your deposit will be matched up to $500 (keep in mind only 20% of this amount is matched).

 

FOX Bet

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$1,000 SIGNUP BONUS
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$1,000 SIGNUP BONUS

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FOX Bet is backed, of course, by FOX Sports, and allows you not only to bet traditional spread and prop bets on the Super Bowl in Pennsylvania, but it also allows you to bet against challenges offered by FOX Sports personalities. These options include boosted odds for selections made by the likes of Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson, and custom bets with long odds. FOX Bet is very inventive with what they will allow you to bet on and there will be no shortage of options for the Super Bowl.

New users to FOX Bet can get $100 in free bets when they sign up in Pennsylvania here .

 

Unibet

The official sponsor of the Eagles has to be sour a bit that Philly’s team won’t be in the Super Bowl this year, but that won’t stop them from taking action in Pennsylvania on the Super Bowl.

Their site is no frills, but it is clean, easy to read, and works lightning fast.

New users who sign up for Unibet can get $20 free without making a deposit and then get a $300 risk-free bet on the Super Bowl. It is a very simple and straightforward offer and worth checking out.

Read more about Unibet’s Super Bowl promo.

 

Other good options in Pennsylvania include:

Fanduel Sportsbook (bet now )

SugarHouse Sportsbook (bet now )

BetRivers (bet now )

 

Super Bowl 54 Betting Preview

The Chiefs opened as 1.5-point favorite at several legal sportsbooks following the conference championship round and have since remained there. As of mid-week, 59% of spread bets and 56% of the spread handle back Kansas City at reporting books. Meanwhile, San Francisco is getting 60% of moneyline bets but only 43% of the moneyline handle.
      Spread     Money        Total
49ers         +1.5 (-110)      +108   O 54.5 (-110)
Chiefs         -1.5  (-110)      -122   U 54.5 (-110)

 

The Setup

With a short point spread set for Super Bowl 54, picking the winner likely also means picking the team that will cover. That would be in line with past Super Bowl results in which 45 of the 53 winners also covered the spread.

Chiefs

The Chiefs (14-4 SU, 12-5-1 ATS) have been red-hot against the spread over past two months, going 7-0-1 ATS over their last eight contests. The last time the Chiefs failed to cover the spread came back on Nov. 10 when they fell in a 35-32 upset at Tennessee, and they haven’t looked back since.

Kansas City has been the NFL’s best bet as a favorite this season on its way to a 10-4-1 ATS mark, including a 5-2 ATS record away from Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs backers will also be happy to know that favorites have a strong 35-18 all-time straight up record in the Super Bowl.

49ers

The 49ers (15-3 SU, 11-6-1 ATS) have also been a solid bet over their last eight games. Sporting a 6-2 ATS mark since mid-November, San Francisco cruised to easy covers against both Minnesota and Green Bay on its way to Miami.

Those planning to back the 49ers will be glad to hear that they were the NFL’s best underdog bet this season at a perfect 5-0 ATS (4-1 SU). They will also be glad to learn that underdogs are on a 10-6 ATS run dating back to the 2003 season.

Note: The 49ers enter with the superior record, but, perhaps surprisingly, only two teams over the past 14 years that possessed the better regular season record went on to win the Super Bowl.

 

Super Bowl 54 Betting Trends

Let’s take a look at both some historical Super Bowl betting trends and each team’s situational trends.

Trends Backing the 49ers

Shanahan’s 49ers a Good Dog

The 49ers are 18-13 ATS as un underdog under head coach Kyle Shanahan, including 8-2 ATS when quarterback Jimmy Garappolo starts.

Balance is Key

Much has been made of the Chiefs’ explosive offensive attack, but at 30.2 points per game, it’s the 49ers who have been the higher scoring team. San Francisco features the league’s No. 2 scoring offense and its No. 5 scoring defense (18.2 points per game), making it the more balanced team in this contest.

There Are Concerns for the Chiefs

Winners of 9 of their last 10 games, the Chiefs have been red-hot and often dominant since mid-November, but the fates of past similarly-performing teams should be cause for concern. The last eight teams to have have won 9 of their previous 10 games leading into the Super Bowl are only 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS, while teams that have outscored their opposition by at least 12 points per game over a 10-game stretch leading into the Super Bowl are only 4-8 ATS.

Weird Pro-49ers Trend

In what is most definitely one of the more bizarre recent Super Bowl trends, teams wearing white have won 13 of the previous 15 championship games. San Francisco will be wearing white on Sunday night.

Trends Backing the Chiefs

Reid’s Teams Excel With Extra Rest

Andy Reid has long been known as one of the NFL’s best coaches when given extra time to prepare.  Since the 2003 season, Reid is 19-6 SU and 16-9 ATS (64%) with at least 11 days to prepare for an opponent.

Public Trust

Reid has also had considerable success when the public bets on his team. Since ’03, Reid is 87-68-5 ATS when getting at least 55% of spread bets, including 39-28-2 ATS with the Chiefs. He’s 33-21-2 ATS (61.1%) when getting at least 58% of spread bets. While it’s not usually great to be on the same side as the public, it’s worth noting that teams getting at least 55% of spread bets are 7-3 ATS over the last 10 Super Bowls.

Offensive Momentum

Teams that have scored at least 30 points in the previous two games leading up to the Super Bowl are 5-2 ATS over the last seven games this has occurred.

Weird Pro-Chiefs Trend

Kansas City has only two players with Super Bowl experience to San Francisco’s eight. Fortunately for them, teams with less Super Bowl experience are 8-5 over the last 13 Super Bowls.

 

Super Bowl 54 Prediction

Much of the focus leading up to this game has been placed on the Chiefs’ explosive playmaking ability, but the 49ers’ offense shouldn’t be overlooked. Jimmy Garappolo has had a quiet postseason, much in part to Kyle Shanahan’s ultra-conservative approach, but he continues to collect wins and has shown the ability throughout the regular season to make plays when needed. San Francisco’s balance, particularly its ability to run the football and get after the passer, gives it a terrific chance to pull the upset.

Still, I picked the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl following the wild card round, and I don’t see any reason to change that pick now. Kansas City should be able to run the football just well enough to keep San Francisco’s secondary honest. The 49ers are a terrific defensive unit, but I’m not so sure how they’re going to deal with the Chiefs’ overwhelming speed. Ultimately, I’m buying into the storyline that this year is finally Andy Reid’s year. San Francisco is legit, but I just can’t pass up a red-hot Mahomes in what essentially boils down to a pick’em. Give me the Chiefs.

Pick: Chiefs (-1.5) over 49ers

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