The early line is in, and if all goes as they say, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will have another Super Bowl trophy under their belts. The Vegas line for Super Bowl XLIV opened with Indy as as a four-point favorite to beat New Orleans.
Oddsmaker Sean Van Patten of Las Vegas Sports Consultants said the firm gave that line after watching the Saints have to duke it out in OT with the Vikings in the NFC championship game Sunday night. Las Vegas Sports Consultants provides betting lines for roughly 90 percent of sports books in Nevada.
“The big factor here is that Indy has been there,” Van Patten said. “The experience factor is such a huge thing when it comes to the Super Bowl.”
Patten said oddsmakers like that Indianapolis has succeeded against two top NFL defenses in consecutive games. The top-seeded Colts beat the New York Jets 30-17 Sunday in the AFC championship.
Indianapolis was a 4 1/2 -point favorite in the Glantz-Culver line, with the over-under at 55 1/2 points.
Sports books gave Indianapolis 8-1 odds to win the Super Bowl at the start of the season, compared with 18-1 for New Orleans.
“I think the Saints are very fortunate to be in there,” said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton. “To get five turnovers at home and having to go to overtime to win it, I don’t think they were playing that well.”