Well, what do you know? Another Super Bowl featuring Tom Brady.

On Sunday, when the New England Patriots quarterback takes the field in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53, he will record his ninth appearance in the big game.

No team in league history has made that many appearances.

Against the Los Angeles Rams, Brady and the Pats will aim for a sixth Lombardi Trophy in a rematch of Super Bowl 36 in 2002. Fittingly, that game, won by New England, was the last time the Rams appeared in the Super Bowl.

The biggest game — nay, event — of the year is set to kick off. The two best teams (depending on your perspective) remain.

So, why not have the same approach for New Jersey sports betting?

For what will surely be the largest business day in the short history of NJ sports betting, the spotlight here shines on the state’s industry leaders: DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook.

(All odds are as of Thursday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Super Bowl 2019 lines

Shortly after the AFC and NFC championships were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set, the Rams opened up as a 1-point favorite at many sportsbooks.

That line swiftly swayed toward New England, however. And it continues to push that direction. The Pats will be wearing white jerseys, which has done well in the past. Twelve of the past 14 champions wore white.

In addition to these lines, SugarHouse offers a market on the Patriots to win 20-17, which pays +10,000.

 DraftKingsFanDuelSugarHouse
Point spreadNE -2.5NE -2NE -2.5
Over/under56.556.556.5
MoneylineNE -137
LA +118
NE -132
LA +116
NE -139
LA +115

Parlays and props for all

Over the past six Super Bowls, five totals hit the over. Pairing with the moneyline, the over and a New England win pays +225, while a Pats victory and the under holds the same line. LA wins combined with either the over or under pays +290.

Additionally, DraftKings offers an overtime market, which goes for +900 should the game head to extra time. (On the flip side, no overtime holds a -2,000 line.)

The only Super Bowl ever to need more than four quarters: Two years ago, a Patriots win.

FanDuel set the first-quarter moneyline at -120 for New England to lead and +102 for the Rams. A Patriots lead would also lead to a +126 payout, as the opening-quarter spread sits at -0.5 in favor of the Pats. And a combined total over 10.5 points holds a +118 line.

For the game, FanDuel’s lines for total points to be odd or even sit at -130 and +112, respectively. Odd totals have occurred 30 times in Super Bowl history, though each of the past four and eight of the last 10 have been even.

Before kickoff, though, is the coin toss. Will the coin toss winner also win the Big Game? New England doing so pays +250, LA +300. The coin toss victor has also lifted the Lombardi Trophy 46 percent of the time.

SugarHouse allows bettors to take the game one quarter at a time. For example: Will New England (+175) or Los Angeles (+220) score in every quarter?

Two-point conversions apparently will be at a premium Sunday. The sportsbook projects that neither team successfully converts a 2-point attempt with a -278 line. Choosing yes, however, could lead to a +210 payout.

For what it’s worth, 2-point conversions have been attempted at least once in eight of the last nine Super Bowls. Not one was successful last year. In Super Bowl 51, New England went 2-2.

Even more props

This is where the game can really get fun.

Certainly, available are markets for which QB will finish with the most passing yards and which RB will rush for the most yardage.

But will either team score three unanswered times? A +175 line says “no” at DraftKings. The sportsbook also set an over/under at 2.5 for players who complete passes. The over goes for +190. (The over for 2.5 players to throw for a touchdown pays +1200.)

DraftKings’ over/under for jersey number of the player who scores the first or last touchdown sits at 26.5: +100 on the under for each market. A “Fat Man TD Special,” wherein any offensive lineman scoring a touchdown, holds a +8,000 line.

And what about when the 2-minute warning break occurs. Will it happen with exactly 2 minutes on the clock? First-half no pays +400; second-half no goes for +275.

At SugarHouse, the over/under on total coaching challenges sits at 1.5, with the over paying +275 compared with the -400 on the under.

Any field goal or extra-point attempt hitting the uprights or crossbar results in a +350 payday should a bettor take action in that market.

Of course, one of the most popular props surrounds the color of the Gatorade the winning team showers over its coach. At FanDuel, “clear” is the favorite at +100, followed by orange and yellow (+375 each), blue at +500, and red at +600.

Rams RB Todd Gurley provided some insight into what LA quenches its thirst with. But he has been known to not care about betting.

After all is said and done, will Pats coach Bill Belichick retire? Or Brady? Or TE Rob Gronkowski? The Belichick line, at DraftKings, pays +2,500 should he retire and -10,000 if he does not.

Brady calling it quits goes for +1,400 at FanDuel, and Gronk riding off into the sunset pays +400.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

Oh, it’s the last of the futures for the 2018 season.

Quarterbacks have claimed the Super Bowl MVP 29 times in history, and the only non-signal-callers to win the award since 2009 were linebackers. Heck, a running back hasn’t won it since 1998. Three receivers and a safety have done so since the last RB winner.

Anyway, SugarHouse offers a market for bettors to wager on which position will win the MVP, and QB is heavily favored at -286. A running back or fullback pays +500; a defender goes for +800.

Below are the top contenders, according to sportsbooks, for the Super Bowl MVP.

DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookSugarHouse Sportsbook
Tom Brady +110Tom Brady +115Tom Brady +110
Jared Goff +200Jared Goff +190Jared Goff +200
Aaron Donald +1400Aaron Donald +1600Aaron Donald +1400
Todd Gurley +1400Todd Gurley +1600Todd Gurley +1400
Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600
CJ Anderson +2200James White +2500CJ Anderson +2200
Julian Edelman +2800CJ Anderson +3000Julian Edelman +2800
James White +2800Julian Edelman +3500James White +2800

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

To boot, the 10th and 11th mobile sportsbooks hit the Garden State airwaves this week, as Hard Rock Atlantic City soft-launched its online product followed shortly thereafter by Resorts Atlantic City rolling out its platform.

Now a double-digit crowd of sportsbook apps complement what is now 10 retail operations (again, Hard Rock upping that number) in New Jersey:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting and futures.

Grant Lucas

About

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.