3 Reasons To Bet The OVER In 2017 NFL Super Bowl 51

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,January 30, 2017 11:24, EST in

We are still in the days leading up to Super Bowl 51, but we already have a record on the books for this championship game. The points total of 59 for this match-up eclipses the previous record of 57, which came when the Colts and Saints hooked up in Super Bowl 44. The consensus seems to be that this one is destined to go the OVER, but there are still plenty of people out there who believe that there are too many factors getting in the way of a game going that high. They may well be right, and we have put together 3 reasons why the UNDER might come in, but there is also a good chance that the masses may be correct, and that this one turns into an epic offensive battle. Let’s look at 3 reasons why SB51 might just go OVER. In addition and before you bet on the NFL playoffs, click here to cash in on the latest Super Bowl 51 promos.

3 Reasons To Bet The OVER In 2017 NFL Super Bowl 51

 

 

The O/U Stats of Both Teams This Season

By now, we are all well aware of the offensive juggernaut that has been the Atlanta Falcons this season. We have become accustomed to seeing big numbers in every game that they play, which was enough to put their record at 15-2 O/U on the season so far. There was no letdown in the postseason either, as both of their games went over. Falcons games went 9-0 O/U when the total was 49.5 or higher, and they were also 5-1 O/U against teams with winning records.

Given that the Patriots have been great defensively this season, you might expect their O/U numbers to be less convincing than the Falcons, and while that is indeed the case, there are a couple of stats that shift things to the OVER. In the second half of the season, Patriots games against teams with winning records ended with a 5-1 O/U record. That includes both playoff games going OVER in their run to Super Bowl 51.

Recent Super Bowl History

Most of us simply remember what happened in the previous year’s big game, and what we remember from SB50 was a low scoring affair dominated by a Denver defense. What we may forget is that in 4 of the 5 Super Bowls prior to that one, the teams combined for 50 or more points, and very few went into the big game boasting the types of offensive numbers put up by the Falcons. Even in the only blowout in recent memory, the Seahawks and Broncos combined for 51 points in Super Bowl 48.

 

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Weather Won’t be a Factor

Yes, I am well aware that the Super Bowl is usually played in warmer weather climates, but they don’t always take place in a dome. Even in locations where warm weather is the norm, there is still the chance that Mother Nature may decide to make it rain, or perhaps even send out winds that can wreak havoc with the passing and kicking game. We are in Houston this year, and that means a closed building with zero chance of the elements playing a role. Perfect conditions means that these offenses will have the best shot at playing to their strengths.