Manning opens a Super Bowl underdog for first time in his career


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If Peyton Manning wants to ride off into the sunset a Super Bowl champion, he will have to do it as an underdog.

Manning and the Denver Broncos will enter Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7 versus the Carolina Panthers as pups, opening at +4 at several offshore books including Pinnacle Sports and Sportsbook.ag. They are +3.5 at William Hill.

It is the first time in Manning’s career he will be an underdog in the Super Bowl and according to Pete Childs, supervisor of risk management at Sportsbook.ag, that number should grow and already has in some cases.

“We already moved the Panthers to -5 with all early money so far on the favorite. The Panthers been very good to bettor’s pockets, I can only see them backing them again here in the last game of the season,” Childs told Covers.

The Panthers enter Super Bowl 50 as one of the NFL’s best bets, going
13-5 ATS this season and are coming off the complete dismantling of the
Cardinals, easily covering the 3-point chalk in their 49-15 NFC Championship win.

Meanwhile, the Broncos upset the New England Patriots 20-18 as 3-point home dogs in the AFC Championship game and are now 9-8-1 against the spread this season, but 5-0 ATS as pups. (Two of those covers were with Brock Osweiler at quarterback).

The total opened between 43.5 and 44.5 depending on the book and has even been bet up to 45 already at Sportsbook.ag. The Broncos are 6-11-1 over/under this season, while the Panthers are 12-5-1 O/U.

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