Carolina Panthers 5.5-point favorites over Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are looking for their first Super Bowl win in franchise history against the Denver Broncos this Sunday on the golden anniversary of the big game. The Panthers are 16–0 straight up and 12–4 against the spread in the last 16 games that Cam Newton has thrown at least one touchdown pass.
Carolina is a 5.5-point betting favorite for the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Panthers are 15–5–1 against the spread over their last 21 games.
After opening as a 3.5-point favorite, the Carolina Panthers were almost immediately bet up to 4.5 points. In the first week leading up to the Super Bowl, steady action came in on the Panthers to move the line all the way up to Carolina -6.
But as the big game gets closer, action has started to come in on Denver, moving the line back down to its current spot at Carolina -5.5 for Super Bowl 50.
Part of the reason the action is coming in on Denver is likely the good news that has come in for the Broncos secondary. Both T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart suffered injuries in Denver's AFC title game win over the New England Patriots, putting the status of the team's two starting safeties in doubt. But fortunately for Broncos backers, both safeties participated in practice on Wednesday and are expected to play on Sunday. Ward and Stewart have combined for 123 tackles and three forced fumbles this season.
Unlike the game line that has shifted pretty drastically, the total for the Super Bowl has remained relatively consistent. It opened at 44 points, and now sits right around 44.5 points, staying within a point of the opening line throughout the betting process.
With 30 or more points scored in eight of their last nine games, the Panthers have been torching UNDER tickets with a 7–2 record on the OVER since November 22 according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Kickoff for Super Bowl 50 is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.