Randall on betting over/under

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

The public traditionally prefers to bet the ‘over’ when it comes to total wagering. After all, it is more fun to root for scoring than to cheer for the clock. ‘Overs’ also allow for your wager to be won prior to the final result. With an under play, you are rarely safe and cannot mark it a winner until the final gun sounds. We only have to look back to the regular season game between the Giants and Patriots to demonstrate what we’re talking about.

The total on that game closed at 51. Shockingly, the two teams went to halftime without a score, tied at 0-0. Cinch under, right? Well yes, the game did stay under but not before 44 second half points were tallied. How that contest impacts this game remains to be seen but if history is any indication of what may happen, the under could be the prudent play.

In the past 18 Super Bowls, there have been seven occasions when the total was posted in the 50’s with five of those games staying under. Late money is pouring in on the under as the game was as high as 56 early in the week but has dropped significantly, to as low as 53 in some books. It should also be noted that the under is 5-1 in the Giants’ last six games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 playoff games. Guide yourself accordingly.

Not many teams have figured out the Patriots over the years but the Giants may be one team that has. In their past six meetings, the G-men have managed five covers. That said, the Patriots have covered nine of their past 12 games following an against-the-spread loss and while they did defeat the Ravens two weeks ago, the failed to cover the 7-point spread.


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