Super Bowl Halftime Betting 2020
At halftime in the Super Bowl this year, most people will be hitting the washroom, grabbing a beer and a snack, and settling into watch Jennifer Lopez do her thing. For bettors who want to, though, the option exists to use that time in a way that is far more potentially profitable - Super Bowl halftime betting.
Halftime betting is exactly what it sounds like - you bet at halftime on the rest of the game. At the half, oddsmakers will post lines and totals for the second half and some props for the second half as well. This is a type of betting that can be very attractive for a lot of people for one big reason - you can't bet on the second half until you have watched the first half. You get a chance to see how the teams are responding, who looks good, if the conditions are having an impact, how healthy teams are, and so much else. If you are the type of bettor that likes to trust your own eyes and intuition, then this could be just what you are looking for.
Let's get into some 49ers vs. Chiefs betting tips . Halftime betting is available in any NFL game, but there are three good reasons why it is more attractive in the Super Bowl than any of those other games:
Drowning out the noise: One of the challenges of the Super Bowl is that everyone has an opinion. People who don't watch another game all year suddenly have lots to say about this game. It can all be a little overwhelming, and if you don't have a strong opinion of your own it can be tough to sort through all the noise and figure out what you think. When you bet on the second half, though, you don't have to listen to all of that crap. You have seen the game, and you can judge based on that. The 'experts' out there don't get a chance to weigh in before you place your bet, so you are relying on what you have seen, what you have felt about that, and what it has led you to expect the rest of the way. It's the purest kind of NFL handicapping - especially when it comes to a circus like the Super Bowl.
Better access: The amount of money bet on the Super Bowl is massive. Staggering. Casual bettors throw millions at the game, and sharp bettors throw all of their weight at the game. One of the big challenges for the average bettor, though, is that those sharp bettors get early access to the lines when they are posted if they are really big bettors and will often bet early on even if they aren't getting special access. By the time the average bettor gets a shot at the lines, then, any value that may have been in them has been bet out. At halftime, though, the turnaround between when they are posted and when they can bet them is much shorter, so you get more of a chance at more pure numbers. It's a little more democratic.
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A halftime that never ends: It can feel like the halftime for the Super Bowl can stretch out longer than a game in the regular season can. By the time they get the show set up, show plenty of expensive commercials, and then get the field ready again, it can be a very long break. That can be annoying if you are watching the game, but it can be very useful if you are a bettor. That extra time gives you more of a chance to handicap what you have seen, to study the stats a bit, and to make the best bet you possibly could.
The challenge of halftime handicapping is a little different this year than it was last year. Back then we had a big difference in experience - New England basically had taken up residency in the Super Bowl in recent years, while the Rams were very raw and inexperienced. And that difference in experience turned out to be a big problem for L.A. and likely had a big impact on how things turned out. This year, though, neither team has been here much, and the coaching staffs have some experience spread between them, but not overwhelming amounts. Looking at how experience was affecting the game was probably the biggest factor that bettors had to have in mind as they watched the first half with halftime betting in mind. This year that isn't the case.
The one factor that we will have to watch closely, though, is where the effort level of the Chiefs is at. In both of the playoff games, the Chiefs have forgotten to answer the opening bell and have fallen into a hole - 24 points in the first game and 10 in the other. But then they exploded and were leading for good by the half in both games. We need to pay close attention to where the team is at now. Are they as unprepared for the opening kickoff this time as they have been in the past? That could be a problem because San Francisco is a better team than either that Kansas City has faced so far. Is San Francisco able to get off to a strong start? And, most importantly, how do the Niners respond when the talented Chiefs make an inevitable charge at some point? The Titans and Texans both crumbled when they were punched in their face, and the game was over. San Francisco seems like they are tougher than that, and if they are then betting on the second half will be very different than it will be if they falter when Kansas City steps up.
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