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Super Bowl 2015: Odds, Betting Trends, Picks and Best Prop Bets

We take a look at what the oddsmakers and others have to say about Super Bowl 49, and examine the best options for this year's prop bets.

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Super Bowl 49 will feature two of the NFL's premier franchises with the Seattle Seahawks facing the New England Patriots on Sunday. Between the two, there are a combined eight Super Bowl appearances and four titles since 2002.

This is also a matchup of budding dynasties. New England is looking to revive it's dynasty of the 2000s, which saw the franchise win three championships. They haven't raised the Lombardi since 2005.

The Seahawks are looking to establish a dynasty after winning Super Bowl 48 one year ago. Behind the Legion of Boom and a run-heavy offense featuring Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, this is easily the league's most physical team. They impose their will on opponents better than nearly anyone, but can they do the same against New England?

Vegas doesn't see it that way. The OddsShark computer is siding with the Patriots to win their fourth Super Bowl title, but only by one point with an over/under of 47.5. Here are some betting trends as well from OddsShark:

  • Seattle is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Seattle is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing New England
  • Seattle is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing New England
  • New England is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New England's last 8 games
  • New England is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Seattle
  • New England is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Seattle

Here at SB Nation, the guys took their best shots and went with Seattle over New England by a 4-3 ratio. The eight analysts at CBS Sports are also favoring New England by a 5-3 margin. At ESPN, nine of 13 analysts are picking the Patriots to come out victorious.

My Pick: Seahawks squeak by with a 23-20 win

Now, let's take a look at the best bets to make on this year's prop bets. Every year, around 100 various prop bets can be made on the Super Bowl. This year, they range from what the color Katy Perry's hair will be, to who scores the game's first points.

Here are my 15 best bets for Super Bowl 49:

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - How many times will "Deflated Balls" be referred to during the game?          

Over/Under                    

My Pick: Over by the end of the first half

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - Will Bill Belichick smile during the game on camera?        

Yes                              +150     (3/2)   

No                                 -200     (1/2)

My pick: No, because Patriots won't win, which is about the only time he smiles.  

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - How many times will Katy Perry be mentioned in the 1st Half?          

Over/Under                    

My Pick: Over

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - How many times will Gisele Bundchen be on TV?   

Over/Under                    

My Pick: Over

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - How many viewers will the game have?  

Over/Under                               113 Million

My Pick: Over                      

SPECIAL (NE vs SEA) - Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview?      

Teammates                                       3/2        

God                                                    5/1        

Fans/City                                           15/2      

Coach                                                12/1      

Family                                                12/1      

Owner                                                12/1      

Does not mention any of the above                   2/1

My Pick: Russell Wilson wins MVP and thanks God first

(NE vs SEA) - Total Team Points - New England Patriots         

Over/Under                               24½

My Pick: Under

(NE vs SEA) - Total Team Points - Seattle Seahawks   

Over/Under                               24½

My Pick: Under

(NE vs SEA) - Will the game go to overtime?   

Yes (Overtime)              +800     (8/1)

No (Overtime)                -1600    (1/16)

My Pick: No

(NE vs SEA) - Will there be a safety in the game?

Yes (Safety)                  +550     (11/2)

No (Safety)                   -900     (1/9)

My Pick: No. There's been one two years in a row. Law of averages says it has to end this year.

(NE vs SEA) - Longest Touchdown in the Game          

Over/Under Yards                      44½

My Pick: Under: Neither defense is prone to giving up long scores, especially in the playoffs.

PLAYER PROPS

(NE vs SEA) - Total Passing Yards - Tom Brady (NE)   

Over/Under                     260½

My Pick: Under

(NE vs SEA) - Total Rushing Yards - Russell Wilson (SEA)      

Over/Under                     40½

My Pick: Over

HISTORICAL MATCHUP PROPS

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - What will be higher?

Tom Brady Super Bowl 2015 Passing Yards                          +15½               

Tom Brady Super Bowl 2012 Passing Yards (276 Yards)             -15½

My Pick: Tom Brady Super Bowl 2012

HEAD-TO-HEAD PLAYER PROPS

(NE vs SEA) - Who will have more Passing Yards in the game?          

Tom Brady (NE) QB                   -39½               

Russell Wilson (SEA) QB           +39½

My Pick: Brady